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Rent Stabilization

The Rent Stabilization Division administers and enforces the City's Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). All multifamily rental properties, two or more residential units, are subject to the RSO unless expressly exempted by BHMC§§ 4-5-102 or 4-6-1

On the pages linked below you'll find information for both landlords and tenants on how the program works, what your responsibilities are, and where to go to resolve disputes.

To report a violation of the RSO, please call Rent Stabilization Division at (310) 285-1031.

For in-person appointments for Rent Stabilization concerns call (310) 285-1031.

 important eviction moratorium information 

The statewide eviction moratorium for residential tenants unable to pay rent due to financial hardships created by COVID-19 will end on September 30, 2021, unless extended.

In the City of Beverly Hills, eviction protections for residential tenants set forth in the City’s Urgency Ordinance continue and do not end on September 30, 2021.  The Urgency Ordinance provides that such protections will continue until the end of the local emergency as determined by the City Council. 

The Urgency Ordinance imposes a moratorium during the period of the local emergency that was declared by the City Council on:

  • Evictions for non-payment of rent by residential tenants who are substantially financially impacted by COVID-19, with back rent required to be repaid within one year of the end of the local emergency (but see below for how state law modifies the repayment period);
  • No fault evictions, unless necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors, or the landlord, other than based on illness of the tenant or any other occupant of the residential unit; and
  • Annual rent increases authorized by BHMC Section 4-5-303 (c) and 4-6-3.

Please Note: State law modifies the repayment period set forth in the Urgency Ordinance for back rent that comes due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021.  Under the Urgency Ordinance, as modified by state law, all back rent for this period must be repaid by May 31, 2023, or one year after the end of the local emergency, whichever is earlier. 

Pursuant to the statewide eviction moratorium, for residential tenants who comply with procedures designed to demonstrate their COVID-19 financial distress and pay at least 25% of their total rent due from September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021, the back rent for this period is converted to consumer debt. This means that tenants cannot be evicted for failure to pay the balance of their back rent due through September 30, 2021, but the landlord can file a suit in court to recover back rent.


residential tenants impacted by covid-19

In response to the local emergency declared by the City Manager on March 15, 2020 related to the COVID-19 crisis, the City Council adopted and subsequently amended an urgency ordinance ("Ordinance") that imposes a temporary moratorium as follows: 

Residential Tenants:  (1) on eviction for nonpayment of rent by residential tenants substantially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis; (2) on no-fault evictions for residential tenants (unless necessary for the health and safety of tenants, neighbors or the landlord, other than based on illness of the tenant or other occupant of the residential unit); and (3) on the annual rent increases authorized by Sections 4-5-303(c) and 4-6-3 of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code.

The Ordinance applies to nonpayment eviction notices, no-fault eviction notices, and unlawful detainer actions based on such notices, served or filed on or after March 15, 2020. In addition, during the period of the local emergency, any notice served by a landlord on a tenant under Section 4-5-13 of Section 4-6-6 L of the Beverly Hills Municipal Code is tolled.

 

To qualify for the above assistance, the tenant must notify the landlord in writing within 7 days after the date the rent is due that the tenant cannot pay full rent. Furthermore, within 30 days after the date rent is due the tenant must provide written documentation to the landlord using this form.

Click here to download the form to notify landlords of the amount of rent tenants can pay due to substantial financial impacts related to COVID-19.

Click here for a version you can fill out on your computer.


CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief Available to Income Eligible Households

Income eligible households who need financial assistance for unpaid rent and utilities will be able to apply for help through the CA COVID‐19 Rent Relief program. If you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID‐19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the area median income, you may be eligible to receive help to pay past due or future rent and utilities from the state of California.

Landlords and renters can verify eligibility immediately by visiting HousingIsKey.com,

 or by calling 833‐430‐2122, and if eligible, apply.

Click here for Housing Is Key Public Resources


Eviction Moratorium Update

Set forth below is a brief summary of AB 3088, which established eviction protections for residential tenants and modified the City's urgency ordinance, and the subsequent bills which made modifications.  It is important to note that the current eviction provisions are set forth in AB 832, the most recently passed bill. 

Click here for Eviction Moratorium Update

Click here for Bill Text - SB-91 COVID-19 Relief: Tenancy Federal Rental Assistance

Click here for Declaration of COVID-19 Related Financial Distress Form

Please call 310-285-1031 or email bhrent@beverlyhills.org if you have any questions. 


 
  A recent Rent Stabilization Tenant Legal Training was held on February 24, 2021.  Video from the meeting can be found here
 

 2021 ANNUAL RENT REGISTRATION

The Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) requires housing providers to register eligible rental units with the City of Beverly Hills (the City). Some information is required from all registrants, such as ownership details and number of units. For most owners, additional information including rent amounts is required.

On January 19, 2021, the City will mail a notice to housing providers notifying them of the requirement to register. Housing providers must register within 35 days of this mail date. Failure to register may include penalties including but not limited to fines of up to $500.00 per unit.

Follow the steps below to register:

  1. Visit http://bhrent.beverlyhills.org
  2. Create an account or login with information from the previous registration period:
    • Returning Owners or those who have an account through a change of ownership amendment: enter the email address associated with the account from prior registration years (or change of ownership amendment). If you forgot the email you registered with contact the Rent Stabilization Program. If you forgot your password please follow the directions on the website.
    • New Owners: enter Assessor Identification Number (AIN) and BHRent Personal Identification Number (PIN) referenced at the top of this notice.
  3. Register Rental Units

Click here for Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Registration Guide

Click here for Rent Stabilization Registration Video

Please contact staff to schedule a phone appointment or for any other question:

Phone:                   (310) 285-1031

Email:                    bhrent@beverlyhills.org


covid-19 rent subsidy program

On September 15, 2020, Beverly Hills City Council approved a Rent Subsidy Program for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.

APPLICATION PERIOD: CLOSED

Please be advised that the Rent Subsidy Program application period is now closed. If you submitted your application between November 16, 2020 and December 7, 2020 it is in process. Please understand that staff needs time to process your application. If additional information is required, staff will contact you.

Please call 310-285-1031 or email bhrent@beverlyhills.org if you have any questions.


 rent stabilization division july 2021 update

Click here for Rent Stabilization Update

 

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Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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