Our Recap of the First Tenant RSO Workshop

On Monday City of Beverly Hills held its first ever rent stabilization workshop specifically for tenants. We pressed for a tenant-only workshop because tenants and landlord have different concerns (not to mention responsibilities) even though we contract with each other under what we’ve called a ‘layer cake’ of tenancy law. This workshop was a big improvement over past workshops. Here’s our recap.

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RSO Study Session #4: Council Presses Pause Button

City Council will revisit rent stabilization at its upcoming February 5th meeting. That could be the final discussion on the next rent stabilization ordinance. Key policy choices lie ahead, though, and we have not even addressed several issues important to tenants. That’s why we urged City Council to press the pause button at the December 18th meeting. This is our recap of that meeting.

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RSO Study Session #3: The Lightning Round

After this third City Council rent stabilization study session we can see more clearly what’s ahead for the rent stabilization ordinance. We have gained important protections since early 2017. And just last month Council eliminated no-just-cause eviction. Also landlords must now register their rental units. But on the menu is an exemption for some properties and a new ‘probationary’ tenancy proposal.

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RSO Study Session #1: Council Gets to Work!

City Council held its first rent stabilization ‘study session’ last Thursday. This is the latest step in a 18-month policy process to amend the rent stabilization ordinance. The session suggested what a final rent stabilization ordinance might look like: relocation fee schedule, exempted properties and more. However key issues — and the process itself — is still up for negotiation!

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2018 Dialogue #2: Rent Banking, Exemptions and Rent Adjustment

This second dialogue in the 2018 series was convened to address three issues up for discussion at City Council: rent banking, exemption from rent stabilization for certain properties, and the rent adjustment process. Like the previous session, consultant HR&A Advisors presented each issue then passed the microphone to tenants and landlords for comment. These sessions are less about ‘dialogue’ and more call-and-response on a set of defined policy options.

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2018 Dialogue #1: No-cause, Relocation Fees, Ellis & Habitability

Dialogue #1 in this second round kicked off with a series of four issue presentations from city consultant, HR&A Advisors. Each was followed by followed by an open mic for public comments. Unlike last summer’s roundtable discussions, this series of dialogues is highly structured: an issue walk-through and then policy options to which the public is invited to respond. Not much of a dialogue!

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Rent Stabilization Policy Process Materials are Posted

City of Beverly Hills has released a raft of draft rent stabilization issue papers produced by the city’s consultant, HR&A Advisors. As we explained in a recent post, The City’s Roadmap for Rent Stabilization, the consultant’s work will shape the City Council’s policy discussion on key issues like the no-just-cause eviction, rent increases and relocation fees. Let’s look at what HR&A laid on us this week.

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2017 Dialogue #7: All About the Allowed Rent Increase

In this final summer 2017 facilitated dialogue, landlords and tenants found little to agree on. The agenda centered on several issues from the previous session’s agenda: the annual rent increase, relocation fees, no-just-cause tenancy terminations, and exemptions from rent stabilization for 4-unit and smaller properties. In this #7 facilitated dialogue it was clear City Council would be resolving the tough issues.

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2017 Dialogue #6: Rental Unit Registration and More

This past Sunday, City of Beverly Hills convened the second roundtable dialogue involving committees of tenants and landlords. “We will try to conclude these issues today without war stories,” Facilitator Sukhsimranjit Singh said. “We are moving towards a middle ground.”

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2017 Dialogue #5: Registry, Habitability and More

City of Beverly Hills in the spring tossed further consideration of the rent stabilization policy to the community to hug-it-out over the key policy details. The four facilitated dialogues that followed identified key issues. This dialog #5 drilled down to tenant-landlord communication; a new habitability standard for individual units; and the maximum allowed annual rent increase. This is our recap.

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2017 Dialogue #3: Tenants United on RSO

This third facilitated dialogue was yet another break from expectations: we broke into two groups, tenants and landlords, with each in a separate room to talk about the key issues. Regardless of what transpired in the landlord’s room, we tenants found a renewed purpose in working together. And we presented a unified front when it came to defending the current ordinance.

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