Why Do We Give Some Landlords a Pass on the Business Tax?

An earlier post looked at landlord complaints about the Beverly Hills business tax on apartment leasing. We followed up with a post about the 1-in–10 landlords who evidently aren’t paying the tax because they are licensed to do business. This post looks at the city’s side: the failure to police landlords properly. We’re simply letting too many landlords off the hook without paying the business tax!

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Some Landlords Aren’t Paying the Business Tax

Landlords have said the business tax is too high. We dispensed with that disingenuous argument but their claim suggested a question: are they all actually paying the business tax? A quick crosscheck of rental properties south of Wilshire and the business license database suggested maybe 1-in-10 landlords are not even licensed to conduct an apartment leasing business!

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