2018 Dialogue #2: Rent Banking, Exemptions and Rent Adjustment

This second dialogue in the 2018 series was convened to address three issues up for discussion at City Council: rent banking, exemption from rent stabilization for certain properties, and the rent adjustment process. Like the previous session, consultant HR&A Advisors presented each issue then passed the microphone to tenants and landlords for comment. These sessions are less about ‘dialogue’ and more call-and-response on a set of defined policy options.

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HR&A Data Brief: An Overview and Some Thoughts

This HR&A rent stabilization analysis has done our city a service. Policymakers, landlords and tenants now have an idea about the character of rental housing stock in Beverly Hills and the tenants who inhabit it. However our city still knows little about those who own it. We have had rent stabilization ordinance on the books for four decades yet the city until recently had no tally of rented units and no idea about ownership. This city’s rental unit registry and the HR&A Advisors study has filled in those gaps.

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Rent Stabilization Policy Process Materials are Posted

City of Beverly Hills has released a raft of draft rent stabilization issue papers produced by the city’s consultant, HR&A Advisors. As we explained in a recent post, The City’s Roadmap for Rent Stabilization, the consultant’s work will shape the City Council’s policy discussion on key issues like the no-just-cause eviction, rent increases and relocation fees. Let’s look at what HR&A laid on us this week.

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The City’s Roadmap for Rent Stabilization This Fall

Beverly Hills City Council continues its 18-month long discussion about rent stabilization starting with findings from a city consultant. With data in hand Council will then move on to the next step in the policy process: will that be more facilitated dialogues this summer? Or will City Council get straight to business on a final rent stabilization ordinance? Will the ordinance changes be wrapped up before the holidays? Here’s what we can expect.

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RSO Process is in the Hands of the Consultant

Tenants and landlords looking forward to a final rent stabilization policy for Beverly Hills will have to wait a while longer. On November 21st City Council handed over to a national consulting firm, HR&A Advisors, the task of rent stabilization analysis. The consultant will undertake data collection, analysis, and even convene additional facilitated dialogues, culminating in a process that may unfold over the next 18-22 weeks. That extends the timeline for the rent stabilization discussion to nearly two years.

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