The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to approve a rent stabilization ordinance authored by supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis that will cap annual rent increases in unincorporated county areas using a formula linked to the Consumer Price Index.
The ordinance will also guarantee just cause eviction, preventing landlords from evicting tenants without reason and requiring relocation payments in the case of no-fault evictions. A separate motion, authored by supervisors Kuehl and Mark Ridley-Thomas, will establish five pilot sites throughout the county to begin providing legal defense to families facing eviction.
“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 L.A. County,” said Kuehl, 3rd District. “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. [This] 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.”
The final language for the rent stabilization ordinance is expected to come back to the board in November for final approval.
“There is a clear and unmistakable link between our unaffordable housing market and homeless crisis,” said Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District.
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