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City of Beverly Hills has contacted rent-stabilized tenants with an Eviction Moratorium Update concerning state protections under SB 91 (Covid–19 Tenant Relief Act). The document briefly highlights the differences between the local moratorium protection and the state protection. We have covered these differences in more detail in our post: How the COVID–19 Tenant Relief Act Affects You. We call attention to it here because this issue can affect any residential tenant in Beverly Hills (including those occupying a rented condominium or a single-family home) and those tenants may not have been contacted by the city.

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The Wheels Have Fallen Off the Rent Stabilization Commission

On the Rent Stabilization Commission’s March 3rd agenda was action item: relocation fees. Commissioners had earlier reached consensus on reducing the relocation fee but this fourth round of discussion was to nail down the many details yet to be decided. Just three minutes into the meeting, though, after the pledge and roll call, it came to an abrupt end. No business could be done because no tenant representative was on hand. This was the moment when the wheels finally came off.

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Tenants Things You Should Know: A Beverly Hills Community Education Workshop

On February 24th staff from Beverly Hills housing rights legal services provider Bet Tzedek and from the rent stabilization division presented the fifth and latest in a series of community education workshops. This virtual workshop focused on the local and state protection from eviction due to nonpayment of rent which is available to households affected by COVID-19; and the new State Rent Assistance Program. Here’s our recap.

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Beverly Hills RSO to Hold Tenant ‘Legal Training’

Join representatives from tenant legal services provider Bet Tzedek and staff from the Beverly Hills rent stabilization division for a virtual ‘Rent Stabilization Tenant Legal Training’ on Wednesday, February 24th at 6 p.m. This latest community education workshop should address the recent COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act legislation that extends protection against eviction for nonpayment of rent through June.

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City Council Puts the Term Limits Question to Voters in 2022

This week Beverly Hills city council in a 3–2 split vote agreed to put the question of term limits to voters at the June 7, 2022 municipal election. Pending voter approval of the ballot initiative, the city will enact a three-term, lifetime limit for elected positions of city council and treasurer. And terms already served would count against the three-term limit. Moreover term limits would appy to current elected officials too.

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Term Limits for Beverly Hills: Why the Hurry?

Beverly Hills city councilmember John Mirisch has stood out as a champion of new ideas. He wants the city to provide land so that nonprofits can build senior housing. He wants developers to set aside one in every five new dwelling units as permanently affordable. He favors city hall transparency and disfavors city hall inefficiency. He will always hold Metro’s feet to the fire. So why do his fellow councilmembers want to kick him off the island?

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Moratorium on Spectrum Rate Hikes? We Tried!

In mid-March broadband provider Spectrum raised the price of my cable package by 7%. It was well into the pandemic and the economic damage from the shutdown was already biting. City council had enacted the moratorium on eviction for non-payment and was considering a moratorium on rent increases too. Could we take a stand against Spectrum for heartlessly jacking-up the cost of our only lifeline?

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What a Post-Moratorium Rent Increase Could Mean to the Bottom Line

Beverly Hills enacted a moratorium on rent increases for rent-stabilized tenants during the COVID local emergency and the provision mirrored similar action in surrounding cities. But ours came with a hitch. Or rather a clause. “Nothing in this Ordinance shall alter the date of annual rent increases in future years.” That could open the door to double rent increase after the moratorium is lifted. Here’s it could affect your pocketbook.

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Expect a Post-Moratorium Double Rent Increase This Year

Among the COVID protections extended to rent-stabilized households in Beverly Hills is a moratorium on rent increases. Nearly a year later all have probably escaped a rent increase. Before you pocket that rent savings know that once the moratorium is lifted you could see a double rent increase. The moratorium allows it. Landlords could take it. And if they do tenants lose some benefit from the moratorium.

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Next Up at the RSO Commission: Relocation Fees

Beverly Hills City council tasked the Rent Stabilization Commission with discussing the relocation fee that is currently required when a tenancy is involuntarily terminated. What is an appropriate fee? Should mom-and-pop landlords or owner-occupiers be exempt from having to pay the relocation fee? The many questions continue as the Rent Stabilization Commission debates relocation fees for a third time at the next meeting. Here’s what you need to know.

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More County Tenant Protections: Unauthorized Occupants and Buyouts

County of Los Angeles Supervisors in early January adopted a resolution that provide tenants with new protections during the COVID pandemic emergency. In addition to limiting landlord access except in cases of emergency and protecting tenants from harassment, the Supervisors have expanded the county rental assistance program too. But there’s more: protection for unauthorized occupants and from pressure to accept a cash-for-keys buyout. Let’s take a look!

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