RSO Commission Special Meeting: Moratorium and Relocation Fees

The Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization Commission will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 13 at 6 pm to discuss COVID–19 moratoriums on no-fault eviction and rent increases as well as potential amendments to the rent stabilization ordinance concerning relocation fees. It is a special meeting because the last regular meeting was cancelled. And it is carryover business because both issues have already been discussed but not resolved.

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Relocation Fees Come BACK to RSO Commission

Relocation fees returns to the Rent Stabilization Commission for more discussion at the upcoming September 1st meeting. The commission is discussing it because City Council tasked the commission with making a recommendation as to what, if any, change should be made to the fees provided to tenants when they are evicted due to no fault of their own. But the commission has grappled with this complicated issue four times already. Will any recommendation emerge from this next go-around?

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Relocation Fees Up for Discussion at RSO Commission AGAIN

Our newly reconstituted Rent Stabilization Commission will discuss the relocation fee again. Pursuant to direction from city council, the commission is to make a recommendation to council concerning the fee schedule. Today it ranges from $7,000 to $16,000 depending on the size of the unit and the tenant. The fee is paid compensation to Beverly Hills rent-stabilized tenants when they are involuntarily terminated for reasons described in our rent stabilization ordinance. Are the fees too little, too much, or about right?

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Next Up at the RSO Commission: Relocation Fees

Beverly Hills City council tasked the Rent Stabilization Commission with discussing the relocation fee that is currently required when a tenancy is involuntarily terminated. What is an appropriate fee? Should mom-and-pop landlords or owner-occupiers be exempt from having to pay the relocation fee? The many questions continue as the Rent Stabilization Commission debates relocation fees for a third time at the next meeting. Here’s what you need to know.

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RSO Commission to Consider Relocation Fees

City council has tasked the Rent Stabilization Commission with discussing important aspects of the city’s rent stabilization ordinance and then recommending to council whether changes should be made. Up next is relocation fees: should the fee requirement be eliminated — or should the relocation fee amount be reduced or in some way modified? Here’s our preview of the commission’s relocation fee discussion.

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RSO Study Session #4: Council Presses Pause Button

City Council will revisit rent stabilization at its upcoming February 5th meeting. That could be the final discussion on the next rent stabilization ordinance. Key policy choices lie ahead, though, and we have not even addressed several issues important to tenants. That’s why we urged City Council to press the pause button at the December 18th meeting. This is our recap of that meeting.

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The Deck is Stacked Against Tenants

A frustrating aspect of pro-tenant advocacy work is that however well-intentioned the outreach, the fact is the deck is stacked against those who rent housing. The 3-day notice awaits the tenant who keeps a pet, lives with an unapproved partner or roommate, or is a a day late or a dollar short on the rent. But landlords can withhold repairs, enter the unit unlawfully, and even retaliate without being held to account. Our rent stabilization ordinance does not come to the rescue!

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2018 Dialogue #1: No-cause, Relocation Fees, Ellis & Habitability

Dialogue #1 in this second round kicked off with a series of four issue presentations from city consultant, HR&A Advisors. Each was followed by followed by an open mic for public comments. Unlike last summer’s roundtable discussions, this series of dialogues is highly structured: an issue walk-through and then policy options to which the public is invited to respond. Not much of a dialogue!

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Relocation Fees Rise by 4.1%

City of Beverly Hills announced that relocation fees will incrementally rise according to the percentage change in consumer prices for our region: a 4.1% increase in July. The small bump-up is intended to allow the relocation fees to keep pace with inflation. But the task of the relocation fee is to keep up with rising rents. The difference means tenants actually lose ground over time as the cost of rental housing gallops away from the fees.

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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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Relocation Fees Explained

A relocation fee is obligated whenever a tenancy in Beverly Hills is involuntarily terminated by the landlord. That can include major remodeling, demolition for redevelopment, condominium conversion or landlord use. Relocation fees are owed when a property is taken off the rental market. A relocation fee is not owed when a tenancy is terminated for cause (including the new ‘disruptive tenant’ termination). Here we explain the origin, purpose and limitations of the relocation fee.

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