If you own rental property in the City of Los Angeles, it may be subject to the city’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Find out if your property falls under this ordinance and what you need to know to be in compliance.
Generally, the RSO applies to rental properties that were first built on or before October 1, 1978 as well as replacement units under LAMC Section 151.28 and is any of the following:
- Two or more single family dwelling units on the same parcel
- Rooms in a hotel, motel, rooming house or boarding house occupied by the same tenant for 30 or more consecutive days
- Residential unit(s) attached to a commercial building
Mobilehomes and recreational vehicles in mobilehome parks are also covered under the RSO.
What the RSO Covers
Allowable rent increases
Registration of rental units
RSO disclosure notice for all "Cash for Keys" or Buyout Agreements
When Can Rent Be Increased
Rent increases that do not require HCIDLA approval
- Rent may be increased to the market rate if tenant:
- voluntarily moves out;
- does not pay rent and is evicted;
- violated the lease agreement and is evicted;
- is evicted for failure to comply with a Tenant Habitability Plan; or
- is evicted per a City Attorney order.
- accepts a Tenant Buyout Agreement
- Rent may be increased once every 12 months by the allowable rent increase (English) / allowable rent increase (Spanish) percentage. The landlord can add an additional 1% per utility paid by the landlord (gas and/or electricity).
- If an additional tenant (English) / additional tenant (Spanish) (Spanishmoves into a rental unit: Landlords can increase rent within 60 days of learning about the additional tenant. There is no increase for the first minor dependent child added to the existing rental unit.
- A $12.25 surcharge may be collected by the landlord as the tenant’s portion of the Registration fee. Beginning in January 1, 2020, the surcharge will be $38.75. The landlord may pass through 50% of the fee to the tenant on a monthly basis rather than once a year. A 30-day notice must be given to the tenant to collect a rental surcharge of $1.61.
- A $3.61 monthly surcharge may be collected by the landlord for the Systematic Code Enforcement Program (SCEP) fee.
- A $3.00 surcharge may be added to the rent for the installation and cost for a hard-wired smoke detector or a combination smoke/carbon monoxide detector.
Rent increases that require HCIDLA approval
Just and Reasonable Rent Increase: A landlord can apply for a rent increase when their net operating income adjusted for inflation is not sufficient to cover the property's operating expenses (RAC Reg 240).
Luxury Exemption: A landlord can apply for an exemption from the RSO if they can establish the monthly rent charged on or before May 31, 1978*.
Required Registration and Posted Notification of RSO Rental Units
Beginning in 2017, in addition to paying the annual registration fee, landlords must also complete the Rent Registry form.
- Owners are responsible for the payment of annual fees; however, the cost of registration may be shared by landlords and tenants.
- If the status of a previously exempted unit changes, the property owner must notify the HCIDLA and pay the applicable fees within 10 days.
Legal Reasons for Eviction
Failure to pay rent
Failure to fix or address a violation of the rental agreement
Creating a nuisance or causing damage to the rental unit
Using the rental unit for an illegal purpose
Failure to renew a similar rental agreement
Failure to provide the landlord reasonable access to the rental unit
The person at the end of the lease term is a subtenant not approved by the landlord
The owner, or immediate family member will move into the rental unit
A resident manager will move into the rental unit
Demolition and permanent removal from the rental market
Conversion to affordable housing
Types of Evictions Requiring Payment of Tenant Relocation Assistance
No-fault evictions require the payment of relocation assistance.
Checklist for No-Fault Evictions
File a Landlord Declaration of Intent to Evict filed with the HCIDLA.
Give tenant a 30-day and 60-day written notice (some evictions require 120-day notice or up to a 1 year extension).
Payment of tenant relocation assistance.
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