Pass-Throughs and Surcharges: What You Need to Know

City of Beverly Hills allows the landlord to pass-through to tenants certain costs of doing business such as refuse collection and alley maintenance. And if the city hits the landlord with a penalty using too much water then the landlord can pass along 90% of that expense too. Longtime tenants may also pay for the landlord’s new roof, a paint job and even seismic retrofit because those capital expenses can be passed-through. Let us explain!

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RSO Commission to Discuss the Rent Increase Cap and Allowable Pass-Throughs

The Rent Stabilization Commission at its regular July 6th meeting will revisit an issue that will concern every Beverly Hills rent-stabilized household: potential future amendments to the rent stabilization ordinance relating to the maximum allowable annual rent increase and and the charges that may be passed-through to tenants. Each can make a difference in the amount of rent we pay but affect the price of housing in very different ways. Let’s take a look at what’s on the commission’s agenda and how it may affect tenants.

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Seismic Retrofit Cost Back on the Rent Stabilization Agenda! [Updated]

City Council at the July 24th August 7th study session will continue a long discussion about how to fix structural deficiencies in about 300 residential ‘soft-story’ wood frame buildings (where the building overhangs outside parking). These buildings comprise nearly a quarter of the city’s rental housing stock. And they provide most of the city’s relatively-affordable housing. So the issue of cost looms large in the discussion. Should renting households help with “cost recovery” by paying half of the cost?

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