Renters Alliance was organized by Mark Elliot in January of 2017 to provide a voice to residents who rent housing. In 2017 the Alliance turned out more than a hundred tenants across multiple city meetings in support of greater protections for those who rent. With your help we won a 3% cap on allowed annual rent increases and relocation fees when a tenancy is terminated for no-cause. But these changes are just interim. More work must be done to make them permanent. (Read more about the changes to the law.)
Renters Alliance builds upon the work of tenant-advocates who came before, namely Concern for Tenants Rights which was formed 40 years ago to fight for tenant protections. Renters Alliance is neighbors helping neighbors. Do you want to help? Let the Alliance know.
Renters Alliance wants to preserve multifamily areas that provide relatively affordable apartments for households across income levels. That means making sure that no units are taken off the market (lawfully or otherwise) and that apartments are up-to-code and habitable. The most cost-effective way to provide affordable housing is not to demolish what already exists.
We also support stronger protections for those who rent. By limiting rent increases we can ensure that residents who rent in Beverly Hills remain safely and securely housed. That is especially important to families with children in the schools. (Read more about policy positions.)
Most importantly, we need to end no-just-cause evictions. No household should worry about getting upended after a no-just-cause, 60-day eviction notice appears on the front door. All major rent-stabilized cities have ended no-cause evictions and so should Beverly Hills. In fact, the city’s original rent stabilization ordinance did prevent no-cause evictions. But today just 3% of renting households have that protection today in Beverly Hills.
Our list of accomplishments is growing. In addition to winning a 3% cap on increases and relocation fees last year, Renters Alliance suggested that tenants should be provided with housing rights legal advice. Legal advice is a must when it comes to housing law. City Council agreed. Contact me if you want to be put in touch with our legal services provider. (The Alliance may be able to answer your question so drop a line if you need assistance.)
Renters Alliance has also won greater oversight of city programs that benefit tenants. The federally-funded community development bock grants program makes no-cost improvements to apartments for tenants. Have you heard of it? Probably not: the city didn’t promote it. The Alliance reminded Council that our city should inform tenants about programs that benefit them.
More broadly, Renters Alliance keeps an eye on the city’s processes and policies. The Alliance makes sure that housing code violations don’t get forgotten by City Hall. Indeed we follow up on code enforcement cases when they languish (sometimes remaining unresolved for many months. Renters Alliance has also represented tenant interests in discussions around affordable housing and housing policy more generally. Please let the Alliance know about your concerns. Renters Alliance will be counting on you in the months ahead as the city makes significant changes in our rent stabilization law. Please get involved!
Renters Alliance can’t go it alone. We need your help. You can make a difference by simply signing up for email news updates and sharing the Alliance sign-up link with friends and neighbors: bhrentersalliance.org/join.
Please consider a modest donation to support Alliance outreach. It helps us keep the lights on. The Alliance can’t be there for you if tenants aren’t there for the Alliance. Every bit helps!