Tenant’s Challenge: Screening the Landlord

Time and again we hear stories about unprofessional or unscrupulous landlords and their managers. The ones that slow-roll repairs, engage in intimidation and harassment, and improperly withhold deposits. They are a minority of owners, sure, but tenants who do rent from these landlords share a lament: “I wish I had known before I rented.” Can a prospective tenant screen her future landlord?

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Interior Habitability: Weak Standard, Few Violations

Is your landlord not keeping up with interior interior maintenance? You are not alone: many longtime tenants in our older buildings can’t get attention from the landlord even as vacant units get the gloss. For good reason: the landlord is not obligated to do much to keep the apartment in the condition it was rented. That’s why Beverly Hills needs a habitability standard!

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Code Enforcement: A Primer

The tenant with a rental housing problem in Beverly Hills has likely phoned in a complaint to code enforcement. Maybe the rent increase was too high; or property maintenance was lagging; or an eviction notice was posted. All of those inquiries once went to code enforcement but today our Rent Stabilization Program handles most of those calls. Thinking of making a complaint? Read our primer first!

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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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