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City Hosts Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Workshops in February

Post Date:February 04, 2020 6:00 PM

RSO - Rent Stabilization OrdinanceThe City of West Hollywood will host two sets of Rent Stabilization Ordinance workshops in February — one aimed at tenants; the other aimed at landlords. These “RSO Building Blocks” workshops are part of a series of workshops held twice per year to educate property owners, managers, tenants, and community members about the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). All workshops will take place at the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, in Room 5.

Tenant Basics will take place on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. The session will provide tenants with an understanding of their basic rights and responsibilities under the City’s RSO. Topics will include unit re-registrations, limits on rent increases, security deposits, annual registration fee and pass through, minimum maintenance standards, temporary relocation, requirements for legal entry, and Airbnb and short-term rentals.

Tenant Advanced will take place on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. The session will provide tenants with additional knowledge about their protections under the City’s RSO. Topics will include eviction protections, tenant harassment and mediation services, social services for low-income seniors, reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act, and information about pets, service dogs, and therapy animals.

Landlord Basics will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 7 p.m. The session will provide landlords with a basic understanding of the City’s RSO, landlord rights, and responsibilities. Topics will include unit re-registrations, limits on rent increases, security deposits, annual registration fee and pass through, minimum maintenance standards, temporary relocation, requirements for legal entry, and Airbnb and short-term rentals.

Landlord Advanced will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. The session will provide landlords with additional knowledge about the City’s RSO, reasonable accommodations, and resources. Topics will include registering new tenancies online, paying the program annual fee and how to correctly pass-through half of the fee to tenants, maintenance standards for paint, floor and window blinds, correctly calculating and applying allowable rent increases, maintaining housing services and parking, the rent stabilization petition and hearings process for determining maximum allowable rent and whether housing services have been reduced or removed, tenancy just-cause eviction protections, mediation available to resolve disputes and improve communication, responding to reasonable accommodations requests under the Fair Housing Act, information on pets, service dogs, and therapy animals, and the City’s policy against tenant harassment.

RSO Building Blocks workshops are free and open to the community. Reservations are recommended.

The City of West Hollywood’s Rent Stabilization and Housing Division is dedicated to programs that promote “the quality of residential life” — a core value of the City. The City provides a breadth of information and services to tenants, owners, and property managers of residential rental properties, which includes information services and written materials. For additional information, please visit www.weho.org/rsh.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Tom Trevor, Administrative Specialist at (323) 848-6472 or at ttrevor@weho.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at www.weho.org/email.
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