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    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

    NEW SEMINAR WEBPAGE

    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.


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    FALL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

    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.


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    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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