City of Santa MonicaRent Control Department1685 Main St., Rm 202Santa Monica, CA 90401(310)458-8751Email the Rent Control Board
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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 will be sending a mailing soon to all owners and tenants explaining the allowed increases. Property owners and managers are also invited to attend a workshop on Tuesday, July 9th regarding properly noticing tenants of the 2013 GA and surcharges.
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.
Rent Control Agency Publishes 2012 Consolidated Annual
Rent Control's Spring Newsletter is in the Mail
You should have already received Rent Control's Spring Newsletter. This issue includes articles on separate agreements for charging electric vehicles, maintenance of common areas, the City's smoking law, recycling tips, and the schedule for upcoming Board meetings, public hearings and seminars. You can read it here or call Rent Control if you need a printed copy.
Designating rental units
as “Smoking” or “Non-Smoking”: What you need to know
The Santa Monica City Council
recently passed a law with new smoking rules for all multi-unit buildings. The
new ordinance expands the City’s existing smoking laws. In essence, the
law requires the following:
The law provides penalties for smoking in a
“non-smoking” unit. However, tenants cannot be
evicted for such a violation unless it is also a violation of their rental
sample forms or additional information about the City’s smoking law, visit www.smconsumer.org,
or call the City Attorney's Office, (310) 458-8336.
07/11/13 Next RCB Meeting
07/09/13 General Adjustment Workshop
Look Up A Rent
Apartment Listing Service
Notice of Change in Terms of Tenancy
California Tenants-A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities
Registering New Tenants
Frequently Asked Questions
Employee Salary Schedule, MOU's and Job Descriptions
Measure RR - Eviction Protections Expanded
Rent Control Charter Amendment
Relocation Benefits Temporary Permanent
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