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Interim Rent Control Measures

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City Council Adopts Urgency Ordinance

At its meeting of August 12, 2019, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing interim rent control measures for a 12-month period. “Last night the City Council took an important step to protect tenants while we discuss long-term solutions addressing displacement & soaring rent prices in Culver City. Without this measure, no fair and meaningful dialogue can happen: many residents have already reached out to us with eviction notices and extreme rent hikes since this issue was first publicly discussed. I’m confident that over this year, we can work together as a community to come up with common sense measures that balance the needs of our tenants and our landlords, to provide the housing stability we so desperately need," said Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells.

A summary of the key provisions of the Ordinance include:

  • A 3% rent cap on rental units, excluding single family homes, condominiums, townhomes, owner-occupied mobile homes, Section 8 housing, and all rental units with a certificate of occupancy or equivalent issued after February 1, 1995;
  • The rent cap shall apply to rents in effect as of June 11, 2019;
  • A petition process for landlords to request relief from the rent cap in certain circumstances;
  • For cause and no fault grounds required for evictions; and
  • Relocation assistance (triggered by a no fault eviction) in the amount of three times the monthly rent, plus $1,000.

During the 12-month interim period, City Council directed staff to further study and analyze whether a permanent rent control program is warranted.  Such study will include, but not be limited to:

  • Peer jurisdiction rent control and tenant protection programs;
  • Rental market analysis (including impacts of current rent cap on “mom and pop” landlords and renovation thresholds that may constitute grounds for no-fault evictions);
  • Rent control/tenant protection program administration;
  • Landlord and tenant grievances;
  • Hearing and due process procedures; and
  • Staffing and costs.

The City Council further directed staff to return to the next City Council meeting with an outline of the public outreach that will be conducted during the 12-month period.

Additional Information

The City is in the process of adding more information to this webpage regarding the adopted ordinance, which will include (but not be limited to):

  • various forms addressed in the ordinance
  •  additional information regarding the rent registry and petition processes
  • community outreach that will occur during the 12-month interim period

Frequently Asked Questions 

An updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is now available. These FAQs reflect questions regarding the urgency ordinance that was adopted at the August 12, 2019 City Council meeting.  Translations of the FAQs in Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, and Farsi will also be developed and posted when available.

Policy Discussions

At its June 24, 2019 City Council Meeting, the City Council directed staff to return on August 12, 2019 with a proposed urgency ordinance establishing a 12-month period during which interim rent control measures would be in effect. See Culver City's Meetings & Agendas website for more information about the discussion item.

"Everyone needs a home, and everyone needs a livelihood. Culver City’s tenants are concerned with runaway costs, stability and predictability, and so are landlords. Their concerns are strikingly similar - even though their 'sides' are different. Our challenge is to bridge that divide, to bring individuals together, and to provide stability for those who depend on housing and those who provide housing. We all want our families to thrive," said Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. "I look forward to a constructive community dialogue while we tackle the humanitarian crisis of homelessness, and the immense challenges of housing affordability and displacement."

The City Council has directed staff to use L.A. County's Temporary Rent Stabilization Ordinance as a model and include the following: 

  • A 3% rent increase cap, or other appropriate percentage amount that can be supported by the findings;
  • A rent cap to be retroactive to June 24, 2019, or other appropriate date that can be supported by the findings;
  • Just cause and no fault eviction provisions;
  • A process for landlords to petition for relief from the rent increase cap in certain circumstances; and
  • Relocation assistance of $1,000 and three months’ rent, or other appropriate amount that can be supported by the findings.

The City Council further directed staff to:

  • Research the possibility of a rental registry requirement, either included in the urgency ordinance or reviewed during the 12-month period, as feasible;
  • Seek funding to retain an ombudsperson to assist with outreach to tenants and landlords regarding the City Council’s consideration of the urgency ordinance;
  • Provide notification in Spanish and other non-English languages as needed; and
  • Return to the City Council with a proposed urgency ordinance by August 12, 2019.

Any proposed ordinance that may be adopted by City Council must be consistent with state law (1995 Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act), which places limits on city rent control ordinances.  One such limitation is the exemption from rent control for certain types of residential units, e.g. single family dwellings, condominiums, and any dwelling unit built after February 1, 1995.  More information regarding the implications of Costa Hawkins on a potential urgency ordinance enacted by the City Council will be available in the Frequently Asked Questions, currently being developed for this webpage.

Contact Us

If the public has questions or would like more information, they should e-mail the Housing Division at rent.control@culvercity.org or call (310) 253-5790.

If you are looking for information about landlord-tenant mediation, please visit the Landlord-Tenant Mediation Board webpage.

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