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    Tenant Landlord Forum 2016


    On Tuesday, December 6, the Rent Control Agency and the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office held a forum on tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities. A replay of that forum is now available for viewing here.

    Along with a general overview of the Rent Control Law, topics discussed included: home-sharing and short-term rentals; owner entries into units; construction in occupied buildings; tenant buyouts, buyout offers and Ellis Act evictions; and fair housing laws. In addition, the Commission on the Status of Women made a presentation on legal issues affecting women's safety and housing rights.



    A new issue of Rent Control News was recently mailed to tenants and landlord of rent-controlled units in Santa Monica. It's full of useful information.  Articles cover the City’s Landlord/Tenant Forum, the November election’s changes to the Rent Control Board, the renewal of Community Corporation’s Housing List, and more.  We also provided a number of community resources for issues as varied as getting legal advice, dealing with clutter and short-term rentals.  As always, each tenant can also check the Maximum Allowable Rent for their unit, which is printed on the inside flap. You should have received the newsletter by now and you can also view it here.


    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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