RSO In Los Angeles Approves 4% Rent Cost Increase

December 12, 2023 by No Comments

Annual rent increases for rental units subject to the City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) are prohibited through January 31, 2024. The City Council approved a 4% rent increase for properties subject to the RSO from February 1, 2024 through June 30, 2024.

An additional 1% for gas and 1% for electric service can be added if the landlord provides the service to the tenant. State law requires landlords to provide an advance 30-day written notice for rent increases of less than 10%. 

If your landlord is responsible for paying for gas and electricity, this means that your rent could be increased by a maximum of 6% total.

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The City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is a local law designed to protect the rights of tenants and regulate rent increases for certain residential rental properties within the city limits of Los Angeles, California. The RSO aims to provide stability and affordability in the housing market by addressing issues related to rent control and tenant-landlord relationships. Here are some key aspects of the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance:

  1. Covered Rental Units: The RSO applies to residential rental properties built before January 1, 2005, with some exceptions. Single-family homes, condos, and certain government-subsidized housing are generally exempt from the ordinance. Rent-controlled properties include apartments, duplexes, and some triplexes and fourplexes.
  2. Rent Control: Under the RSO, landlords of covered rental units are limited in how much they can increase the rent each year. The annual rent increase is subject to a maximum percentage established by the Rent Adjustment Commission (RAC), which is typically tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Landlords are required to provide proper written notice to tenants before increasing rents.
  3. Just Cause Eviction: The RSO also establishes “just cause” eviction protections. This means that landlords must have a valid reason for evicting a tenant, such as non-payment of rent, breach of lease terms, or certain other legal reasons. Landlords cannot terminate a tenancy without just cause.

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