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    2015_Tenant_SeminarSTenant Seminar - May 6th

    Rent Control is offering our annual free seminar for tenants on the evening of Wednesday, May 6th. The seminar covers the basics of the Rent Control Law including how much rent an owner may charge, what amenities are included with a unit, remedies available for maintenance issues and eviction protections. For details, read the seminar flyer here


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    2014 Consolidated Annual Report

    Along with highlights of recent developments and an overview of the significant activities of each department within the Rent Control Agency, this year's Annual Report integrates the Status of Controlled Rental Housing, the Impact of Market-Rent Vacancy Increases and the Impact of the Ellis Act. If you're interested to learn how rent levels are changing in Santa Monica, how tenants are being affected by Ellis Act withdrawals and what the Agency is doing to administer and enforce the law, this is the source.

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    Owners Must Disclose Tenant Rights Prior to Making Buyout Offers

    At the Board's March 12th meeting, a new regulation was adopted (Regulation 9011) to effectuate Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 4.56.050(b), which requires landlords to serve a notice on tenants of certain rights before the landlord makes a buyout offer to the tenant. The notice required by the regulation is now available at the Board's office and here. At its April 9th Board meeting the Board amended the new regulation to require landlords to file "buyout agreements" with the Rent Control Board. Tenants are under no obligation to accept buyout offers and should realistically evaluate whether any amount offered is sufficient to cover the loss of a controlled rental unit.

     

     

     

    Online PaymentPay Your Bill Online

    You may now pay your registration fee bill online by using your credit card or an electronic transfer from your checking account. Click here or on the 'Online Bill Pay' image to access the website where you can set up an online payment. There is a 2.5% convenience fee to use the service for your credit card or a $0.35 convenience fee for the service to pay by electronic check. These convenience fees are charged by the companies we contract with for these services.  You will need the bill from Rent Control for necessary payment information, as well as your bank's routing number and your account number for payment by check, or your credit card number for payment by credit card.

    Warning: If you elect to make an eCheck payment, in order to receive a receipt you must have your popup blockers disabled. If you do not get a confirmation receipt after submitting your payment, do not submit another payment. Please contact the Rent Control Agency during business hours at 310-458-8751 to verify if payment was received.

     
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    Rent Control Commissioner Todd Flora went before the City TV cameras to prepare a short, informative video about the work of the Rent Control Board. Click on the following link and get a behind-the-scenes view of the agency's day-to-day work and recent developments. Rent Control Boards & Commissions Video
     

    Vacancy Unit Registration FormThe Vacancy Unit Registration Form is Now Available Online!
     

    Until now, the Rent Control Board has required owners to register new tenancies on a 3-part multicolored form that was only available from our office. Now, a single-page form can simply be downloaded for this purpose. Much of the form can be filled out online using your keyboard, but since the Rent Control Law requires a statement signed under penalty of perjury, owners must print out and sign the completed form and then mail it or bring it to Rent Control. Traditional, 3-part forms are still available for those who want them, but to get one right away, use this link to download the Vacancy Unit Registration Form from the following page.
     
     
     emailElectronic Communications Sign-Up

    In keeping with the goals of a sustainable Santa Monica, the Rent Control Agency is giving people who receive communications from the Agency the option of having future communications that are available electronically delivered by email.  To sign up to receive Rent Control communications electronically, click here to access a sign-up form.
     
     

     

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