City of Santa MonicaRent Control Department1685 Main St., Rm 202Santa Monica, CA 90401(310)458-8751Email the Rent Control Board
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us at 310-458-8751.
Important Information in the Fall 2015 Newsletter
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.
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