RSO Commission OKs Fees, Whiffs on Habitability

The Rent Stabilization Commission has agreed to recommend to City Council that relocation fees should be calculated differently. Most households would receive a substantially reduced fee according to our analysis. Households that rent from a ‘mom-and-pop’ landlord owning four or fewer units could see their fee further reduced. The good news is that the commission came to loggerheads on habitability so no action was taken that would tank a better standard for conditions in Beverly Hills rental housing.

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Commission Recommended Relocation Fees: A Bad Deal for Tenants

On December 5th the Rent Stabilization Commission is poised to pass a resolution that will recommend Beverly Hills to change the way the relocation fees are calculated. The new formula would reduce the fee for nine out of ten rent-stabilized households, should they be evicted, and effectively reduces the compensation for moving expenses to a flat $1,000 regardless of apartment size. The commission majority supported a change to relocation fees by a 4–2 vote. Tenant commissioners didn’t support it, though, because it would be a bad deal for tenants.

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Courier Gets It Wrong: Relocation Fees Would Fall, Not Rise

Again the Beverly Hills Courier gets it wrong. A recent report says the Rent Stabilization Commission’s recommended change to Beverly Hills relocation fees would result in higher compensation for most tenants. Not true: nine out of ten households would receive a lower fee — as much as several thousand dollars less — while some households would see their compensation further slashed if they rent from a ‘mom-and-pop’ landlord. We try to correct the record with this letter to the editor but the “Newspaper of Record for Beverly Hills” declined to print it.

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RSO Commission Recommends Changes to the Relocation Fees

At the November 3rd meeting the Rent Stabilization Commission recommended a new formula to calculate relocation fees in Beverly Hills that will, in most instances, reduce the fee paid to households if evicted by the landlord due to no fault of the tenant. At the next meeting in December the commission recommended that tenants of ‘mom-and-pop’ landlords should receive 25% less. If City Council enacts these changes then come July households across the city will fare much worse than today if evicted for no fault. Let’s take a look at the commission’s recommendation.

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Relocation Fees (Again) Return to RSO Commission Agenda

Relocation fees will make another appearance on the Rent Stabilization Commission’s agenda on November 3rd. It is a continuation of a discussion that has proceeded in serpentine fashion through five prior meetings since November of 2020. They commission’s task is to decide if whether the Beverly Hills rent stabilization ordinance should be amended to revise the amount of relocation fees awarded when a tenancy is terminated. Here is what to expect from the commission’s discussion.

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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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