City of Santa MonicaRent Control Department1685 Main St., Rm 202Santa Monica, CA 90401(310)458-8751Email the Rent Control Board
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The 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.
Electronic 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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2013 General Adjustment
Following a public hearing on June 13th, the Rent Control Board decided not to impose a ceiling on the 1% General Adjustment (GA) for 2013, which takes effect September 1, 2013. The GA was announced in April per Measure GA and is based on 75% of the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers, Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange County Region for the 12 months ending March, rounded to the nearest tenth decimal place. The CPI increase in our region for the period ended March 2013 was 1.3%, and 75% of that is 0.975%, or 1% after rounding. Owners are not required to increase rents, but they must properly notice tenants regarding any increase. The Board has sent a mailing to all owners and tenants explaining the allowed increases.
Rent Control Registration Fee
For the first time in seven years, the Rent Control Board voted June 13th to increase the registration fee from $13.00 per month per unit to $14.58 but with no increase to the amount that tenants can be asked to pay. Owners who pay the annual registration fee by the due date of August 1st may require qualifying tenants to pay $13 per month in addition to their controlled rents.
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