Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a landmark rent stabilization ordinance, authored by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis, that will cap annual rent increases in a formula pegged to the Consumer Price Index, guarantee “just cause” eviction which prevents landlords from evicting tenants for no reason, and require relocation payments in the case of no-fault evictions. A separate motion, authored by Supervisors Kuehl and Ridley-Thomas, also passed which will establish five pilot sites throughout the County to begin providing legal defense to families facing eviction.
“Today, the Board of Supervisors took a number of critically important steps to protect 100,000 men, women and children who live and rent in unincorporated LA County,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “Our temporary rent stabilization ordinance, which went into effect last year, has already protected thousands of renters from skyrocketing rents and possible eviction while guaranteeing landlords a fair right of return. Today’s motion makes those protections permanent. Economic issues are the number one reason people become homeless. Many people are faced with astronomical rent increases and can’t afford lawyers to fight them. The rent stabilization motion, as well as the eviction defense motion, will help County residents maintain affordable homes in stable communities.”
“Today’s action makes this much-needed policy and administrative system permanent to ensure that renters are protected from unjust rent increases, while also making certain that landlords are able to get a return on their investment,” said Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, co-author of the rent stabilization motion. “For far too many, a dramatic rent increase directly leads to homelessness – and many renters in LA County’s unincorporated communities saw positive benefits from the interim ordinance. However, making rent stabilization permanent and implementing eviction defense are just two tools in the toolbox to end homelessness – that’s why LA County is also working with our cities who are considering their own tenant protections. With our partners, we are focused on keeping our residents in their homes and off the streets.”
“There is a clear and unmistakable link between our unaffordable housing market and homeless crisis,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, co-author of the eviction defense motion. “It is our moral imperative to help stabilize the housing market and protect low-income renters where an unlawful eviction makes them vulnerable to losing the roof over their head. This is simply a matter of justice.”
The final language for the rent stabilization ordinance is expected to come back to the board in November for final approval.