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Proposition 10 Defeat: A Setback for Rent Control

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: voters rejected Proposition 10 with a real shellacking that set the cause of rent control back decades. That has emboldened property interests to push back on any legislative effort to repeal or amend Costa-Hawkins, repeal of which was the objective of the measure. It was a flawed campaign that failed to persuade even tenants, who may have not understood the benefit. But the voters have spoken!

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It is OK to Post Your Own Yes-on-10 Sign

It is that time of year! Our ballot is loaded with propositions but the No-on–10 campaign is leading the way on big spending — a reported $75 million that buys a lot of political signs on lawns across town. What’s a tenant to do? Make a DIY Yes-on–10 sign! Even better when it is fashioned out of the landlords’ signs. This is like asymmetrical guerilla conflict, right? But is it legal for tenants to post our signs on the landlord’s lawn? Yes it is!

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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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Council OKs Multifamily Preferential Parking on Canon

Multifamily residents from Reeves to Crescent received a mailed notice last fall that said the Traffic & Parking Commission would consider modifying preferential parking on the 200 and 300 blocks of Canon. We stepped up to oppose excluding multifamily permit-holders. Residents came back with another petition to allow multifamily permit-holders. Commissioners and City Council agreed: modify the Q-zone.

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Rent Stabilization Ordinance: Next Steps

Have you visited the city’s rent stabilization website but didn’t find much about the ongoing, two-year reform of the rent stabilization ordinance? We feel your pain! That’s why we’ve posted this page. And that’s why we’ve created Renters Alliance: to keep residents who rent in Beverly Hills informed about the policy process. Here we suggest some steps that may lay ahead on the road to a better rent stabilization ordinance.

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The Deck is Stacked Against Tenants

A frustrating aspect of pro-tenant advocacy work is that however well-intentioned the outreach, the fact is the deck is stacked against those who rent housing. The 3-day notice awaits the tenant who keeps a pet, lives with an unapproved partner or roommate, or is a a day late or a dollar short on the rent. But landlords can withhold repairs, enter the unit unlawfully, and even retaliate without being held to account. Our rent stabilization ordinance does not come to the rescue!

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Renters Alliance to City: Keep Multifamily Parking on South Canon

Recently we received a notice in the mail that the city’s Traffic & Parking Commission would consider modifying preferential parking on the 200 and 300 blocks of Canon Drive to allow only homeowners who live there to park at the curb. But these are public streets and their property stops at the sidewalk. They don’t own the curb!

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Beverly Hills City Council Endorses Prop 10

Beverly Hills City Council has endorsed Proposition 10 for the November ballot. If passed by voters, Proposition 10 would enact the Affordable Housing Act and thereby repeal the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. That legislation was Sacramento’s “gift to landlords” as one said because it ties the hands of any city that has enacted rent control. Our city’s endorsement is a statement of support for local control and self-determination. Indeed City Council voted unanimously to endorse Prop 10!

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Landlords Say Tenants Were Happy With RSO!

Landlords claim that we tenants were a happy lot before City of Beverly Hills mucked around with the rent stabilization ordinance. They hardly ever hit us with excessive rent increases, they say, and properties were maintained just fine. No-just-cause eviction was not even a thing, so why fix what wasn’t broke? This latest attempt to roll back tenant protections isn’t fooling anybody: this was a system that did need fixing.

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