Rent Stabilization Ordinance: Next Steps

If you are here it is probably because you visited the city’s rent stabilization website and didn’t find much information about where we are in this extended, two-year long ordinance process. We feel your pain! We search the website and check the email inbox in vain for an update. That’s why we post this page!

Over the past several months Hills City Council has reached consensus on some key issues. For example, it is proposed to establish a 3.5% floor under the maximum allowed annual rent increase. (Read why that’s a threat to tenants.) We could also see more pass-through charges including a rent stabilization program fee and maybe even a share of the landlord’s cost for seismic retrofit.

These proposals build on recent changes in the current ordinance to lower the allowed annual maximum rent increase to CPI (currently 4.1%); to outlaw no-just-cause termination; to establish relocation fees for all tenants involuntarily terminated for any reason; and to create a new process that allows a landlord to remove a ‘disruptive’ tenant. All meaningful changes since City Council revisited the ordinance in early 2017.

Most recently City Council agreed to create a rent commission made up of two tenants, two landlords and a ‘neutral party’ (a homeowner) to adjudicate ‘disruptive tenant’ actions, habitability disputes and, most significantly, to discuss policy particulars of rent stabilization so as to make recommendations for further changes in the ordinance.

The stakes are high because any change to the rent stabilization ordinance would establish new regulations for the 7,700 households in rental apartments in Beverly Hills.

Looking ahead the immediate road is unclear. The city will accept nominations for commissioners in March and sometime in April begin commission proceedings in earnest. We could see a new rent stabilization ordinance by May.

In the meantime, Renters Alliance welcomes your questions and calls for assistance. Please sign up for our email updates and look for a new menu of tenant resources coming soon to the website.

Contact City Council

City Council welcomes your views on the rent stabilization ordinance. There are a few ways to reach our five councilmembers.
By phone at (310) 285-1013. PHONE CALLS MATTER! Ask for a councilmember by name if you want to leave an individual message, or leave a message for City Council as a whole.

By email at mayorandcitycouncil@beverlyhills.org. (To contact a specific councilmember by email, note that only councilmembers Bosse, Friedman and Wunderlich provide it. Find those councilmembers’ direct email addresses on the City Council website under each councilmember’s profile.

In person at a Council meeting. Council meetings occur every other Tuesday at 7pm. Public comment comes a the top of the meeting, and you may address any issue you choose. Council chambers is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall. Simply park at the library. At chambers fill out a yellow speaker slip and wait to be called. Public comment comes right after 7pm.

Helpful hint: Clearly identify the issue (or issues) of concern and say how it affects you. A sentence or two is all it takes. And if you have some action in mind, tell them. Need more background? Read the Renters Alliance background on the process to date.