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Rent Control Tenant and Landlord Information

Community Preservation enforces Beverly Hills Municipal Code provisions regulating residential multi-family rent stabilization of apartment units only: therefore our rent control does not apply to condominium units, single-family homes, or commercial spaces.  Please refer to the LA County Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Landlord Handbook link and contact info at the bottom of this page if you are not an apartment unit tenant.


Required Notice from Landlord to Prospective Tenants

Effective December 18, 2004, landlords are required to provide a minimum 24-hour notice prior to the execution of a lease or rental agreement to any tenant whose rent will be more than $600 per month (a Chapter 6 tenant).  The notice will advise the prospective tenant of certain rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants.  NOTE: The information in this notice applies to Chapter 6 tenants only.  If you are unable to read the document online or to download it, you may request it be mailed to you by calling 310-285-1119. Landlords please note that if the document is mailed to you, the original should be retained for copying in your office for future use or you may download it from this web page each time you need it.  You may download the PDF document here.  This Notice is required to be read and signed by both the prospective tenant(s) and the landlord 24-hours in advance of the signing of any lease or rental agreement. You may view/download the brochure by clicking here.

Tenant Landlord Forum

The Human Relations Commission presents the Tenant Landlord Forum. The Commission will assess your situation and advise on a plan for resolution.  This Forum is available to both Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 tenants.

Request assistance by filling out and submitting the Tenant Landlord Dispute Form or by calling 310-285-1006 to discuss with staff. 

The Commission welcomes community members to utilize the Forum at the Commission meeting, which meets every third Thursday of the month at 9:00am.  Community members will have 10 minutes to present and discuss their situation. The Commission can consult on next steps to address the issue.  The Commission is not able to intervene directly between the involved parties. 

There are two rent control ordinances, both in Title 4 of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code: Chapter 5 Code and Chapter 6 Code. All tenants in apartment units fall under one of these two existing Code Sections.

Annual Rent Increases

Chapter 5 Tenants
Chapter 5 Tenants FAQ -
2017 Update

Tenants whose most recent lease or rental agreement stipulates a move-in rent of $600 or less per month are Chapter 5 tenants.  You may call 310-285-1031 to hear the current allowable Chapter 5 rent increase. Refer to the Urgency Ordinance below for changes in the Chapter 5 tenant relocation fees.
The maximum allowable Chapter 5 Rent increase for March 2017, is 1.0% 

Chapter 6 Tenants
Chapter 6 Tenants FAQ - 2017 Update

Tenants whose most recent lease or rental agreement stipulates a move-in rent of $601 or more, per month, are Chapter 6 tenants.
As of January 25, 2017, the allowable Chapter 6 rent increase is any percent from 0% to a maximum of 3% 

2017 Chapter 5 and 6 Rent Stabilization Code Modifications

  • As of January 25, 2017, the Chapter 6 rent increase may be any percent from 0% to a maximum of 3% regardless of the date of the increase notice.  Therefore, a Chapter 6 tenant increase scheduled to take effect on or after January 25, 2017, may not be more than 3% even though the increase notice is dated 30 days in advance of the increase.
  • A 60-day non-just cause termination of tenancy issued to a Chapter 6 tenant in which the tenant's last day in the unit will fall on or after January 25, 2017, requires that the tenant be paid a relocation fee (see chart below). In addition, if a tenancy is terminated for no cause with the 60-day notice, the apartment unit is not decontrolled and so it may not be re-rented for a starting rent that is more than what was being paid by the tenant whose tenancy was terminated.
  • The relocation fees below also apply to a Chapter 5 tenant if relocation is required for a just cause. (A Chapter 5 tenant cannot be issued a 60-day notice of termination for a non-just cause). The just cause reasons for eviction of a Chapter 5 tenant are listed below; varying code-required noticing periods apply:
    • change of building manager [Section 4-5-510]
    • withdrawal of the unit from rental market [Section 4-5-513]
    • use by landlords [Section 4-5-509]
    • demolition or condominium conversion [Section 4-5-511]
    • major remodel / Ellis Act [Section 4-5-512]

Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 Relocation Fees:

Unit Type** Relocation Fee 

**Units including a senior (62+ yrs), disabled person, or minor 

Bachelor or single $  9,050  $ 10,350
One bedroom $ 10,900  $ 16,000
Two or more bedrooms $ 18,850  $ 21,650

The Urgency Ordinance is available at this link: http://www.beverlyhills.org/cbhfiles/storage/files/1290813316796868967/17-O-2725.pdf

A video of the City Council meeting regarding the adoption of the urgency ordinance may be viewed at: http://beverlyhills.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=5435

Security Deposit Interest

Beverly Hills does not require that interest be paid on security deposits.

NOTE:  The determination of whether a tenant is covered by Chapter 5 or Chapter 6 regulations is based solely on the initial rental amount stated in the most recent, valid lease or rental agreement and not on the current rent amount which is the result of rent increases over time.  For example, a Chapter 5 tenant's current rent may be $1000 per month due to increases over time; however, the tenant remains a Chapter 5 tenant if the rent stipulated in the most recent valid lease or rental agreement was $600 or less per month.

Questions? Call 310-285-1119, or submit a question online at Ask Bev!


CALIFORNIA TENANTS
LA County Department of Consumer Affairs Rent Stabilization

For all issues not covered under the local Beverly Hills Chapter 5 or 6 Rent Stabilization Code Sections, as well as for all civil, lease-related issues, please refer to the State of California's Department of Consumer Affairs California Tenants Handbook.  This invaluable reference may be viewed at the link below.  The PDF booklet may be downloaded for future reference.  Contact the local Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Rent Stabilization information at (213) 974-1452. 

 

http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml

Page updated January 31, 2017