Landlord’s Lawsuit to Block RSO is Dismissed

State Superior Court judge Hon. Mary Strobel has dismissed landlord Hank Dayani’s lawsuit to block the city’s registration of rental units. Dayani himself petitioned for the dismissal. Back in 2017 he requested from the court a temporary injunction citing numerous grounds, claiming that the registration program runs afoul of state law and also alleging harm to him and his tenants from the requirement. With a trial set for August 15th and little hope of prevailing, the plaintiff evidently concedes the city’s program is lawful after all.

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What to Do After the Landlord Reports Your Rent Amount

The Rent Stabilization Ordinance requires landlords to register with the city information about ownership and management, property description, and some tenancy information like utilities and the current rent amount. This annual registration also requires tenants to verify the reported rent amount too. Now is the time to take a few minutes to review the rent payment history.

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Landlords File Federal Lawsuit to Invalidate Registry

Beverly Hills landlords never liked the city’s rental unit registry. They fought tooth-and-nail against this ledger of landlords, properties and tenancies because this must-have rent-stabilization tool would hold landlords accountable to the law. Last year the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles brought a Superior Court lawsuit to tank it. Now they are back again with their federal case and a new local landlord plaintiff.

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Rent Stabilization Update: What’s Next?

Months have passed without a single word from City Hall about rent stabilization. No press release, newspaper announcement or website update has keept us informed. Officials let weeks go by without a reply. And don’t get me started about the programs that must be better managed if they are to properly serve tenants. What gives with the silent treatment? Is City Hall on hiatus?

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Rental Unit Registration: Landlord Laggards

When staff presented City Council with an overview of registration data in November of 2017, it was clear just how many rental properties had not been registered with the city as required: almost twenty percent! And those properties were disproportionately small properties. We take a look at the data on non-registration to suggest what it may say about owners who have not registered.

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Penalty for Rental Registration Laggards

Beverly Hills City Council wrapped up the year with an ordinance adopted December 19th to impose a penalty on any landlord that fails to register his rental property: no rent increase until it is registered. Council had to act because the city faces a state deadline to complete the registry yet according to the city one-in-five properties is still not registered.

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Slow Progress on Rental Unit Registration

City Council recently received an update on the status of the registry of rental units: landlords have only registered four-out-of-five properties to date. As many as 1100 units remain unregistered. That is 14% of all units. Yet only about 80 of 1,000 notices sent to individual property owners were kicked back (a failure rate of only 7%). Are landlords unaware of the registry; or are they choosing not to register?

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Rental Registry Notices in the Mail

Have you received a notice from the city asking you to confirm your rent as reported by the landlord? Appeal notices went out last Thursday to many but not all households. If you did receive a notice, please pay attention! The certified, correct rent for each unit is the foundation of any rent stabilization program. If you did not yet receive a notice, don’t be alarmed for there may be a good reason.

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City Council (Finally) Adopts Registry Resolution

City Council in Tuesday’s September 19th evening session adopted a resolution to create the rental unit registry. It was a formality, really. Council had decided to move ahead with it on September 5th despite a small parade of landlords who argued that the registry was not only unlawful but too costly and the product of an improper process.

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