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    2017 General Adjustment (GA) is 2%

    The 2017 general adjustment for controlled units is 2%. On June 8th, the Rent Control Board will hold a public hearing to determine whether to apply a maximum increase of $40 to the general adjustment. All parties interested in commenting are invited to attend the Rent Control Board meeting at 7:002% p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

    With proper written notice (usually 30 days), the general adjustment may be implemented by property owners no earlier than September 1st, 2017 for tenancies that started before September 1st, 2016. Tenancies that started on or after September 1st, 2016 are not eligible for the 2017 general adjustment.

    By late June, the Rent Control office will mail information to all tenants and property owners regarding the general adjustment.

    2017 Spring Newsletter2017 Spring Rent Control Newsletter Has Arrived

    The Spring issue of the Rent Control News is in the mail. This issue is packed with informative articles for tenants and owners alike.  Topics covered include:  a new Tenant Information sheet that landlords must provide to all tenants who move into their unit on or after July 31, 2017; how to effectively manage and live with construction in an occupied property; the City Council's recently adopted Seismic Safety Ordinance; and the 2017 annual rent increase for controlled units. Look for the Spring issue in your mailbox, or read a PDF version here.

    New Requirement for Owners to Provide Rent Control                    Information Sheet to Tenants at Time of Rental

    Recognizing that knowledge may lead to more effective communications, the Rent Control Board recently adopted a regulation requiring that for all tenancies starting on or after July 31, 2017, landlords must give new tenants a Board-produced information sheet about the Rent Control Law at the time of lease signing.

    The single-sheet document contains rent control basics including information about rent levels and rent increases, eviction protections, maintenance and repairs, and base amenities. It also includes information on other important issues affecting Santa Monica tenants and landlords such as home-sharing, smoking restrictions, harassment, and construction work in occupied buildings. Tenants are encouraged to acknowledge receipt of the information sheet by signing and dating the form. If a landlord fails to provide the information sheet to a tenant at the beginning of a tenancy, the landlord will not be able to implement the general adjustment for the unit until they comply with the requirement.

    The information sheet will be mailed to all landlords at the end of June.  It will soon be available for download from the website or to be picked up in Room 202 of City Hall.

    2016 Annual Report Released2016 Annual Report

    The Rent Control Board presented their 2016 Annual Report during the March 23, 2017 Board Meeting. The extensive report highlights several topics, including: new developments concerning Santa Monica rent control issues; the status of housing stock; the impact of market-rate vacancy increases; the impacts of the Ellis Act; and a review of the workings of the Rent Control Department. The report can be accessed by going here. An archive of past reports is available by going to our Reports page.

    RCB Seminars 2017


    Rent Control staff is frequently asked for copies of the PowerPoint slide presentations used at our various annual seminars.  Also, it has been suggested that we videotape seminars and make the video accessible through our website for those who were unable to attend.  In response to both of these requests, we have added a new webpage, entitled “Rent Control Seminars,” that can be found under “Information & FAQs” on our homepage.  The Rent Control Seminars page now includes not only a calendar of all tentatively planned seminars for the current year, but also full-length videos and modified PowerPoint slide presentations of past seminars. You can access the Rent Control Seminars page 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 Tenancy Registration (Vacancy Unit Registration) Form is Available Online! 

    The Rent Control Board previously 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  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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