Double Funding for Bet Tzedek Legal Services for Tenants!

Housing rights legal services provider Bet Tzedek starts the new fiscal year with a 100% bump-up in funding to provide more extensive tenant and senior housing legal services to Beverly Hills residents. Great news because eviction actions are on the rise. But the funding almost didn’t happen when City Council balked at spending $220,000. Cedars Sinai stepped in to save the day with a one-time matching grant.

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In the Dark: Tenants Go Without a Word from City

It has been ten months since City Council kicked-off the rent stabilization policy process yet next steps remain unclear. Officials have gone to ground since City Council approved the rental unit registry in September (without even a press release to show for it). We hear nothing from City Hall; no staffer provides an update at Council meetings. No official appears on the Beverly Hills This Week TV program to explain what’s next. Many thousands of households rent. Why keep us in the dark?

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Tenants score a big win at City Council!

Beverly Hills City Council felt your pain last night. Gone are 10% rent increases and evictions without relocation fees. In a meeting that stretched to beyond midnight, Council heard many persuasive tenant accounts of investing in community only to be tossed out summarily or hounded out by capricious and excessive rent hikes. Around 1 am City Council used a seldom-invoked urgency ordinance to approve critical reforms to the rent stabilization ordinances.

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