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Director of Rent Stabilization Program is Appointed

City of Beverly Hills has hired a director for our new Rent Stabilization Program. Helen Morales comes to Beverly Hills after a 10-year career as a manager, hearing officer and housing investigator at City of Los Angeles. She comes to us after an eight month search. Her first day was a week ago, yet no press release or website announcement mentioned it. (A press release was belatedly posted this week.) This is what we know.

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Unpaid Relocation Fees: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied!

“Justice delayed is justice denied.” The aphorism means an untimely remedy for injustice is no remedy at all. It comes to mind whenever we hear that a required relocation fee was unpaid at the time a tenant vacates her apartment. That payment that is intended to assist the involuntarily-displaced tenant with replacement housing. But when it is late — even months late — our city has failed her. A relocation fee delayed is justice denied!

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Empowerment is Missing from Education Workshops

City of Beverly Hills recently hosted Community Education Workshops for landlords and tenants. The purpose of this ’community education workshop’ was stated plainly on the flyer: to provide an “overview” of the rent stabilization program. It recapped recent changes to the rent stabilization ordinance and gave a heads-up about the next steps in the process. However what was not on the agenda was tenant empowerment.

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Community Education Workshops: The Good, Bad and Ugly

City of Beverly Hills recently convened two Community Education Workshops where staff provided both tenants and landlords information about the rent stabilization ordinance. Community Preservation Manager Nestor Otazu walked though the recent changes and highlighted some key aspects of state law that apply to those who rent housing and those who provide it. Here is our takeaway.

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AAGLA Executive Director’s Thoughts on Rent Control

‘Landlord crusader’ Dan Yukelson recently shared his thoughts about rent stabilization with the Beverly Hills Weekly and he’s not happy! The former Planning commissioner (and current executive director of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles) capped his career in corporate finance with the purchase of a fourplex in Beverly Hills — a good investment until City Council amended the rent stabilization law, he says. But Yukelson is no naïve investor: he knows rental housing in Beverly Hills will always be the best place to invest!

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Tenant Protections on the November Ballot?

A petition making the rounds would qualify an initiative for the November ballot to repeal a state law called Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. That law has greatly limited the reach of local rent control protections. The ballot measure titled, ‘Expands Local Governments’ Authority To Enact Rent Control On Residential Property,’ is our best opportunity to expand tenant protections both statewide and in Beverly Hills.

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Chapter 5 Rent Stabilization: 39 Years Young Today!

Thirty-nine years ago today, on March 27, 1979, the City of Beverly Hills enacted a “temporary system of stabilization and control of apartment rent levels.” The introduction of Chapter 5 Rent Stabilization that year was an effort to draw a line under excessive rent increases and turnover in rental housing. Then and now the cost of rental housing was moving beyond reach of residents and threatening the stability of households that rent. Chapter 5 delivered for tenants.

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Rent Stabilization Update: What’s Next?

Months have passed without a single word from City Hall about rent stabilization. No press release, newspaper announcement or website update has keept us informed. Officials let weeks go by without a reply. And don’t get me started about the programs that must be better managed if they are to properly serve tenants. What gives with the silent treatment? Is City Hall on hiatus?

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