L.A. County supervisors direct staff to develop rent control ordinance
The California Apartment Association is exploring its options after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a temporary rent control measure for unincorporated areas of the county.
Based on Tuesday’s 4-1 vote, county officials will return in 60 days with an ordinance that includes:
- A maximum rent increase amount of 3 percent annually for rental properties in the county’s unincorporated areas, except for those properties that are statutorily exempt from rent control.
- A term of six months from the date of adoption with options to extend the interim ordinance as necessary.
- A base rent using rent levels in place as of Sept. 11, 2018.
- A requirement of “just cause” for tenant evictions.
- Establishment of an inspection program and rent registry.
Despite Tuesday’s vote, CAA remains committed to preventing the adoption of rent control in unincorporated Los Angeles County. CAA will continue to work with a coalition of stakeholders and community leaders to pursue real solutions to the housing crisis — both in Southern California and statewide.
The ordinance adopted this week will be based on this motion by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis. If approved, it will affect about 50,000 pre-1995 apartments located in areas outside the 88 city jurisdictions within Los Angeles County.
CAA spearheaded a grass-roots effort to oppose the measure, including emails and phone calls to …