When is registration and the rental unit registration fee due?
All rental unit(s) must be registered annually by July 31, with a grace period for registration and fee payment through August 31. Upon registration, you will receive a Registration Certificate(s), which is good for 12 months. Landlords are subject to additional fees for the failure to register or late payments. The fee is due at the time of the rental unit registration. To avoid a late payment penalty, a landlord’s registration and payment must be postmarked on or before July 31.
Register, re-register, and pay fees using the City's Rental Unit Registration Portal.
How much is the rental unit registration fee?
$167 per unit, per year.
Are there any other fees?
Yes. In addition to annual rental unit registration fees, property owners are subject to a change in ownership fee. The change in ownership fee is $15 per property and due at the time the rental unit registration information is updated with the new owner information.
Can I receive a refund for paid fees?
The City will not issue any refunds for the rental unit registration fee, including if there is a change in ownership or the rental unit is removed from the rental market.
Can I pass through the fee(s) to my tenant(s)?
Pass-through fees were only applicable to the initial registration fee, which was due in March 2022, for tenants who continuously occupied the unit during the period of August 12, 2019 through October 31, 2020.
Are there any exemptions to the fees?
Yes, if you believe your unit(s) should be exempt from the registration fee requirements, please reach out to the Culver City Housing Division via email at Rent.Control@CulverCity.org or call (310) 253-5790. Some exemptions include:
- Owner-occupied units. However, units that were exempt due to owner occupancy and become rented will require registration.
- Vacant units, but the landlord is required to provide certification to the Housing Division declaring that the unit is vacant and will remain vacant and is secured against entry.
Why are these fees in place?
On September 29, 2020, the City Council amended the Culver City Municipal Code (CCMC) Chapter 15.09 to add permanent residential rent control and tenant protections programs.
CCMC Section 15.09.230.D contains provisions for the City Council, by resolution, to establish a fee for the registration of rental units intended to recover the City’s reasonable costs associated with the administration and enforcement of the City’s residential rent control and tenant protections programs.
At its meeting on May 24, 2021, the City Council approved an annual registration fee, as well as fees for late payment, failure to register, and change in rental property ownership. The May 24, 2021 City Council meeting agenda and May 24, 2021 City Council staff report contain more information about the information considered by the City Council when they approved the fees.
Who is required to register rental units?
Landlords or property owners are responsible for completing the registration process and paying the annual rental unit registration fee.
All rental units in Culver City must be registered, including rental units that are exempt from rent control, but receive tenant protections – unless the unit has an approved exemption from the Housing Division.
I own a single-family home, condo, and/or townhome. Am I required to register?
It depends. If the unit is being rented out, you are required to register the unit as outlined in Culver City Municipal Code (CCMC) 15.09.230.
Where can I register?
Register, re-register, and pay fees using the Culver City Rental Unit Registration Portal.
What if I am not able to register online?
If you need any assistance with the application process, please call the City’s HdL Support Center at 310-594-7847 (Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST) or send an email to CulverCity@HdLgov.com, copying (CC) Rent.Control@CulverCity.org.
I am having an issue with registering, what can I do?
Please email Request@HdLgov.com and copy (CC) Rent.Control@CulverCity.org for if you need assistance registering your units.
What happens if I do not register my rental unit(s) by the required date?
As a landlord or property owner, if you don’t register your units(s) by July 31, you will be subject to a penalty fee. A penalty of 20% will be added on the first day of each month following July 31 up to a maximum of 100%.
The penalty will be assessed on the total amount unpaid, including any unpaid residential rental unit registration fees and any unpaid change in ownership fees from the previous year. Late fees will not be assessed on penalty fees. If July 31 falls on a nonbusiness day, the due date will be extended to the next business day.