Beverly Hills City Council felt your pain last night. Gone are 10% rent increases and evictions without relocation fees. In a meeting that stretched to beyond midnight, Council heard many persuasive tenant accounts of investing in community only to be tossed out summarily or hounded out by capricious and excessive rent hikes. Around 1 am City Council used a seldom-invoked urgency ordinance to approve critical reforms to the rent stabilization ordinances.
City Council meets TONIGHT at 7pm and we need your calls, emails and in-person comments. If you care about residential stability for tenants please join us! We expect City Council to OK a registry of rental units, a necessary foundation for a rent stabilization program. All are critical to the success of a reformed rent stabilization program for Beverly Hills.
My household just received our second consecutive annual near-10% increase and we’re mad as hell. We’ve had years of steady increases and now we are paying double what we did at move-in. Why? Because so-called rent stabilization policies in Beverly Hills don’t do the job of stabilizing rents. It fails to protect tenants from no-just-cause evictions. And it allows landlords a tool for the slow-motion eviction: a 10% annual increase. Ours is the only rent-stabilized city that extends no greater protections than state law for the majority of our tenants.
formally created a new Rent Stabilization Commission and the deadline is next Friday, May 24th at 5 pm. We encourage tenants to apply for the three available seats: two voting members and an alternate. Download the commissioner application. Also have a look at our post, Rent Commission Application is Problematic for Tenants. Get in touch with Renters Alliance if you have a question about the commission.City Council