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    Owning Rental Property in Santa Monica

    Our annual seminar specifically tailored to owners of rent-controlled property in Santa Monica is coming up Tuesday, March 1st. If you are a new owner or manager, this seminar will give you a solid overview of the Rent Control Law including such topics as rents, amenities, maintenance, eviction limitations, restrictions on change of use and the services available through the Rent Control office. Anyone interested in learning more about rent control is welcome. The event will be held in the 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room at the Main Public Library from 9:30am to noon. Please register in advance by emailing us at or by calling us at 310-458-8751. 


    Fall_2015sImportant Information in the Fall 2015 Newsletter

    All property owners and tenants should have received the latest issue of Rent Control News, as it was mailed mid-November. The current issue includes an important article on the reasons owners should serve new Notices of Change in Terms of Tenancy each year. We are also continuing to provide information on water conservation efforts and buyout agreements among other subjects. If you did not receive a copy, please contact us at, but you can read the entire newsletter here.

    2015 Registration Fee & Pass-Through Update

    When Santa Monica voters passed Measure FS in the November 2014 election, they limited the portion of the fees that landlords may pass through to tenants to 50% of the fee. There was no increase in this year's registration fee, and it remains $174.96 per controlled unit. However, beginning in September 2015, the portion of the fee that may be passed through to tenants will go down. The tenants' share starting in September 2015 will be $7.29 per month.


    online_paymentPay Your Bill Online

    You may now pay your registration fee bill online by using your credit card or an electronic transfer from your checking account. Click here or on the 'Online Bill Pay' image to access the website where you can set up an online payment. There is a 2.5% convenience fee to use the service for your credit card or a $0.35 convenience fee for the service to pay by electronic check. These convenience fees are charged by the companies we contract with for these services.  You will need the bill from Rent Control for necessary payment information, as well as your bank's routing number and your account number for payment by check, or your credit card number for payment by credit card.

    Warning: If you elect to make an eCheck payment, in order to receive a receipt you must have your popup blockers disabled. If you do not get a confirmation receipt after submitting your payment, do not submit another payment. Please contact the Rent Control Agency during business hours at 310-458-8751 to verify if payment was received.


    Owners Must Disclose Tenant Rights Prior to Making Buyout Offers

    At the Board's March 12th meeting, a new regulation was adopted (Regulation 9011) to effectuate Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 4.56.050(b), which requires landlords to serve a notice on tenants of certain rights before the landlord makes a buyout offer to the tenant. The notice required by the regulation is now available at the Board's office and here. At its April 9th Board meeting the Board amended the new regulation to require landlords to file "buyout agreements" with the Rent Control Board. Tenants are under no obligation to accept buyout offers and should realistically evaluate whether any amount offered is sufficient to cover the loss of a controlled rental unit.


    Vacancy Unit Registration FormThe Vacancy Unit Registration Form is Now Available Online!

    Until now, the Rent Control Board has required owners to register new tenancies on a 3-part multicolored form that was only available from our office. Now, a single-page form can simply be downloaded for this purpose. Much of the form can be filled out online using your keyboard, but since the Rent Control Law requires a statement signed under penalty of perjury, owners must print out and sign the completed form and then mail it or bring it to Rent Control. Traditional, 3-part forms are still available for those who want them, but to get one right away, use this link to download the Vacancy Unit Registration Form from the following page.
     emailElectronic Communications Sign-Up

    In keeping with the goals of a sustainable Santa Monica, the Rent Control Agency is giving people who receive communications from the Agency the option of having future communications that are available electronically delivered by email.  To sign up to receive Rent Control communications electronically, click here to access a sign-up form.


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