News: Los AngelesFilter
Despite staunch opposition from the California Apartment Association, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a permanent rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county. The approval came on a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Kathryn Barger dissenting. Tuesday’s decision followed two years of hearings, meetings and public testimony from CAA about the drawbacks of local rent control ordinances.
Cities across California this week continued to pursue urgency stopgap ordinances intended to prevent no-cause evictions before AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1. Approving stopgap measures Tuesday were the following cities: Alhambra, Redondo Beach and Duarte in the Los Angeles area; and Menlo Park and San Carlos in the Bay Area; and Watsonville on the Central Coast. Long Beach ratified its measure Tuesday with a second reading. As previously reported, more than a dozen other jurisdictions, from Los Angeles to Redwood City, have passed similar stopgap ordinances over the past few weeks.
The Inglewood City Council has decided to make its cap on rent increases even more draconian. Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the council Tuesday voted unanimously to lower the city’s annual cap on rent increases to 3% — two percentage points lower than the 5% interim rent cap adopted earlier this year. The rent control ordinance green-lighted this week, dubbed the Housing Protection Initiative, is scheduled to sunset in five years. The City Council still must formalize approval of the ordinance with a second reading expected in 30 days.
Several more cities this week approved stopgap ordinances to begin enforcing elements of Assembly Bill 1482 before the statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law takes effect Jan. 1. On Monday, the municipalities of Redwood City and Daly City, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, approved measures that prohibit no-cause evictions on housing that will be covered by AB 1482, the newly approved statewide rent-cap legislation. In Southern California, the city of Bell Gardens also approved a stopgap measure Monday. On Tuesday, the city of Santa Cruz on the Central Coast adopted an urgency just-cause measure during a special council meeting. While this ordinance mirrors the just cause… Read More
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance intended to prevent no-cause evictions until AB 1482 takes effect, a move that several other California jurisdictions are also considering. The Los Angeles ordinance is intended as a stopgap until the Jan. 1 implementation of AB 1482, the newly signed statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the temporary legislation Tuesday afternoon.
The city of Los Angeles is considering an “anti-displacement” proposal that would cap rent increases near new luxury and market-rate apartment developments when those projects lack affordable housing. The proposal, introduced last month by City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr., would cap rents through “anti-displacement zones.” These areas would exist for three years and cover a two-mile radius around luxury and market-rate developments with zero affordable units.
In response to the wildfires raging in Southern California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday declared states of emergency for Los Angeles and Riverside counties, a move that prohibits rent increases over 10%. The limit on rent increases is part of the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 makes it illegal to increase the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10% above pre-emergency levels. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types in the affected areas. Local rent control laws in several jurisdictions in L.A. County also remain… Read More
The city of Los Angeles is continuing its research into a possible tax on landlords who leave apartments vacant. Late last month, the City Council ordered city staff to gauge the number of unoccupied apartments in the city and the reasons they’re sitting empty. City staff also are examining how vacancy taxes, empty-home penalties and speculator taxes are carried out in other jurisdictions.
Over the objections of CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to draft a permanent rent control ordinance for the county’s unincorporated areas. The ordinance is expected to limit annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation, which is now about 3%. Supervisors instructed staff to return with the ordinance by Nov. 12.