Renters Alliance was organized by tenant Mark Elliot in January of 2017 to provide a voice to residents who rent housing in Beverly Hills. We turned out more than a hundred fellow tenants at city meetings in support of greater protections for those who rent. With your help we won a reduced cap on allowed annual rent increase and relocation fees for all tenants when a tenancy is terminated. But more work must be done to make these gains permanent. (Read more about the changes to the law.)
Renters Alliance builds upon the work of tenant-advocates who came before, namely an organization called Concern for Tenants Rights. It was formed 30 years ago to fight for tenant protections and it hung around for more than a decade. Like the food folks who stepped up then, Renters Alliance is all about 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 few or no units are taken off the market (lawfully or otherwise) and that all rental apartments are up-to-code and habitable. The most cost-effective way to provide affordable housing is not to demolish the good, relatively-affordable housing stock that already exists.
Renters Alliance also supports strong protections for those who rent. That includes an allowed annual rent increase tied to inflation rather than a pie-in-the-sky percentage. The key to residential stability for renting households is a realistic limit to the rent increase! (Read more about our many more policy positions.)
Our list of accomplishments is growing. In addition to winning a reduced cap on rent increases and new relocation fees in 2017, Renters Alliance successfully urged City Council to provide housing-rights legal services for tenants. Legal advice is a must when it comes to housing law. Contact us if you want to be put in touch with our legal services provider. Also, an Alliance rep 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 because the city never promoted it. The Alliance reminded Council that our city should inform tenants about programs that benefit them and councilmembers agreed. Now it’s on the city website.
More broadly, Renters Alliance keeps an eye on the city’s processes and policies though the liberal use of public records requests. We make sure that the worst offenders when it comes to poorly-maintained housing stock get reported, and we follow up on code violations so they don’t get forgotten around City Hall.
Renters Alliance has also represented tenant interests in meetings with city officials and we are active in policy discussions around affordable housing. 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! Make a difference by simply signing up for email news updates and sharing the Alliance sign-up link (https://bhrentersalliance.org/join) with friends and neighbors.