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Code Compliance BHrent Rent Stabilization Program
Rent Stabilization Program

The City of Beverly Hills has had a rent stabilization ordinance since 1978.  In January and February of 2017, in response to citizen concerns expressed to the Human Relations Commission that the regulations were ineffective and that rapidly escalating rent levels were leading to displacement, the City Council modified key provisions of the ordinance. In April 2017, the Beverly Hills City Council enacted amendments to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance under Ordinance No. 17-O-2729 (PDF link at bottom of this page). This Ordinance provides that landlords must provide rent amounts and tenancy information for every rental unit subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance on a form prescribed by the City.

 


WHAT IS REQUIRED NOW?

Unit Registration

The City of Beverly Hills sent notices to Landlords of all non-exempt rental units (both Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 units) with information on the new registration requirements. Landlords, will have 30 (thirty) days from receipt of the notice to submit their registration forms on-line to the City. The City began accepting rental unit registration forms on July 24, 2017, the registration period will close on August 23, 2017. Landlords will be required to report the current rent that is being collected for each of their units, the registration is complete when all tenancy information is provide to the City.  Tenants may be asked to verify the rent amounts their landlords have reported.

 

Registration Process

  1. On July 10, 2017, the City mailed out via U.S. Certified Mail Notices to Landlords Requiring Registration of Rental Units which included instructions to complete the registration process.
  2. A landlord must register every rental unit that is subject to the provisions of the Ordinance within 30 days of receipt of notice from the City that registration is required.
  3. Landlords can register their rental units during the registration period online at: http://bhrent.beverlyhills.org
 

Update registrations when Tenant changes occur

  1. After Terminated Exemption: when a rental unit that was exempt from the Ordinance becomes governed by the provisions of the Ordinance for the first time, the landlord must register the unit with the City within thirty (30) days after the exemption ends.
  2. Re-registration: when a rental unit is re-rented after a vacancy, the landlord must re-register the unit with the City within 30 (30) days after the re-rental.
  3. Registration Amendment: a landlord is required to notify the City of changed registration information. A landlord must file a registration amendment with the City within thirty (30) days of a change in a rental unit’s ownership or management, or a change in the owner’s or manager’s contact information.

Owner and Property Manager Changes

Units must also be re-registered upon any changes in the ownership or management of the property or change of the owner or manager’s contact  information or within 30 days of being re-rented after a vacancy. 

Unit Exempt Status Changes

If any rental unit that may have been previously exempt from the ordinance enters the rental market  under the updated regulations of the ordinance, the landlord must register the unit within 30 days of the end of the exemption period.

Key changes made to Chapter 6 include

  • a requirement that almost all rental housing be registered with the City, including current rent amounts for each unit;
  • a reduction in the permitted maximum annual increase in rents for the vast majority of rental units in the City from 10 percent to 3 percent (or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher);
  • a hearing process whereby landlords may apply to increase rents more than the annual permitted adjustment if they can show that the increase is necessary for a fair and just return on investment.
  • A requirement that for no-cause evictions, and for some other types of evictions, landlords will pay relocation fees ranging from $6,193  for a studio apartment to $12,394 for a 2+ bedroom apartment.   If any current tenant is disabled, a senior or a minor, the relocation fee is increased by $2000. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Urgency Ordinance

The Amended Rent Stabilization and Urgency Ordinance was adopted by City Council on February 21, 2017.  The Urgency Ordinance immediately institutes three major changes to the Municipal Code.

  • It limits tenant rent increases from a maximum of 10% annually to a maximum of 3% annually.  Landlords may go through an administrative appeals process to establish a different rent increase.
  • It requires payment of a relocation fee for Chapter 6 tenants; the fees range from $6,193  to $12,394 depending on the number of bedrooms in a unit, with the issuance of a 60-day no-cause termination notice.  An additional $2,000 would apply if a tenant in the unit is a senior 62+ years of age, a disabled person, or a minor under 18 years of age. The updated relocation fees also apply to Chapter 5 tenants.
  • It requires a registration of units and tenants.

To view or download the Urgency Ordinance:  Rent Stabilization and Urgency Ordinance

Notification to Public of Urgency Notice Ordinance

A press release was submitted to local media about the adoption of the Urgency Ordinance and about the call for public input at Human Relations Commission Special Meeting. 

Click here to see press releases:

April 2017, Rent Stabilization Ordinance
The Ordinance is available at this link: Rent Stabilization Ordinance 17-O-2729.

 
Contact BHRent
CONTACT: Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization
ADDRESS: 455 N Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
EMAIL: BHrent@beverlyhills.org
URL: www.beverlyhills.org/BHrent
DEPT PHONE: (310) 285-1031
 
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