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    We've Moved!

    Due to some necessary refurbishing of our City Hall office, the Rent Control Public Counter and some staff are temporarily shifting to a different office in City Hall.

    Starting December 2nd, you'll find us in an office on the ground floor, on the south side of the courtyard behind City Hall. It's Room 110. 

    Our regular office in Room 202 is closed, so until further notice, all visitors should come to see us in Room 110 for assistance.


    The final results for the November 4th, 2014 election have been certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.  The results for the three Rent Control Board seats are:

    Nicole Phillis   7,790
    Steve Duron    6,746
    Todd Flora       6,480

    The newly-elected commissioners will be sworn in at the Tuesday, December 9th City Council Meeting at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

    Measure FS, which amended the City Charter to establish a maximum annual registration fee of up to $288 per controlled rental unit and limited the amount that landlords may pass through to tenants to 50% of the registration fee, passed with 12,061 votes.  11,325 votes were cast against the measure.  The updated Rent Control Charter Amendment may be viewed here: Rent Control Charter Amendment.

    ccsm_aptAffordable Housing Opportunities!

    Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) just announced the opening of its 2015 Marketing List for affordable rental housing. To qualify for any available unit, interested people must pick up an Appointment Card by the end of December to reserve a seat at one of several seminars in January explaining the application process. Appointment Cards must be picked up at 502 Colorado Ave. in the Community Room only at the times specified in the calendar you can see here. For more information, please read the information sheet of Frequently Asked Questions, go to  or call 310-394-8487. Please note, units offered by CCSM may or may not be subject to the Santa Monica Rent Control Law.

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    Fall Newsletter

    By now, all tenants and owners should have received the Fall issue of Rent Control News. Feature articles cover the impact of the recent election and the City's developing response to the drought, including how property owners and tenants might be affected. We also provide a number of community resources for issues as varied as getting legal advice, dealing with clutter and staying in touch during emergencies. As always, each tenant can also check the Maximum Allowable Rent for their unit, which is printed on the inside flap. If you haven't received yours yet, give us a call or view it online here.


    You Are Not Required to Accept a Buyout

    A business is offering payments to induce tenants of rent-controlled apartments to move. YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO ACCEPT.  Nor does the law allow you to be harassed, bullied, or pressured into accepting. If you are considering accepting such a payment, you should realistically evaluate whether it is sufficient to cover the long-term loss of a controlled rent.


    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.


    Rent Control Chairperson Todd Flora recently 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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