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the unincorporated areas but also within the incorporated cities. The action taken by the Board of Supervisors serves to invalidate eviction moratoriums in incorporated cities throughout the County who have adopted moratoriums addressing the needs of their local constituencies, but which are not as restrictive as the County’s moratorium.
If you have questions regarding your property or specific tenancies and the applicability of the State law and any local ordinances, please consult with an attorney. The Association will continue to monitor this issue, advocate for our members interests and provide updates.
On September 29th, the Culver City Council adopted two ordinances: one establishing a permanent rent control ordinance and one establishing permanent “just cause” eviction requirements. The ordinances go into effect on October 30, 2020. As further background, Culver City has been subject to an Interim Rent Control Ordinance (IRCO) since August 12, 2019, which limits rent increases to just 3% based on rents as of June 11, 2019, “just cause” eviction requirements, relocation fees triggered by “no-fault” termination of tenancy, and a rent registry. The IRCO will expire upon the effective date of the permanent ordinances, on October 30, 2020.
Over the last year of deliberations, the Association has strongly opposed the City’s establishment of permanent rent control and “just cause” termination ordinances. We submitted numerous letters to the Council stating our strong opposition while also making important recommendations for the Council’s
consideration as they advanced permanent measures. We encourage you to review the ordinances for full details. A general summary of ordinances is outlined below.
Permanent Rent Control
The rent control ordinance includes, but is not limited to, the following provisions:
• Annual Permissible Rent Increases. Based on the average annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), with a guaranteed minimum of 2% and that in no event can the annual increase be more than 5%. If the change in CPI is less than 2%, the maximum allowable rent increase is 2%. Where the change in CPI is more than 5%, the maximum allowable annual rent increase is 5%. A prior rent increase under the IRCO combined with a rent increase under the permanent ordinance may not exceed the maximum allowable annual rent increase.
• Rent Increases Following Vacancy. Sets forth the circumstances in which owners are permitted to set rents to market rates following a vacancy.
Prohibits owners from raising rents to market rate in certain situations, including when:
o The renter’s tenancy was terminated during the initial twelve months of tenancy (one-year vesting period)
o The renter voluntarily vacates the unit pursuant to a renter buyout agreement due to untenable conditions
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