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Rent Stabilization

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Information on rental housing requirements and tenant protections

EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020: TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS FOR NONPAYMENT OF RENT RESULTING FROM A FINANCIAL IMPACT DUE TO COVID-19

On March 16, 2020 the City of West Hollywood declared a local emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopted an ordinance imposing a moratorium on evictions for failure to pay rent due to financial impacts related to COVID-19 for the period of the local emergency. 

Renter Resources

 

 Visit the Renters Resources page for more information on: 

  • Eviction Moratorium
  • Emergency Rental Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Legal Resources, and more!

 

 RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

 

Aid for AIDS (Alliance for Housing & Healing)

(323) 656-1107

Provides financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS to pay for rent, utilities and pharmaceuticals. The Alliance for Housing and Healing Aging in Place Program provides supplemental rental assistance to all older adults residing in the City of West Hollywood who are experiencing a rent burden.

 

National Council of Jewish Women

(323) 852-7036

Provides non-sectarian and non-gender specific rental assistance to West Hollywood residents. Leave a message and your call will be returned.

 

SOCIAL SERVICES

The City of West Hollywood's Social Services Division provides social services, health education and information to the community to improve the quality of life for those in need. Services include necessities of life such as food and shelter; AIDS education; pre-school education for young children; job placement; legal services; mental health services; and homeless services. For information on social services is available at www.weho.org/socialservices

 

 

 LEGAL RESOURCES

 

The following agencies offer free or low cost legal services.

Bet Tzedek Legal Services Legal Services

(323) 549-5841
www.bettzedek.org
Legal Aid including representation in evictions court. Call for an appointment.

Coalition for Economic Survival (CES)

For Legal Support Email: HelpingLARenters@gmail.com
In the email provide your name, phone number, address, relevant documents, whether your unit is rent stabilized or not, and short summary of issue.
A representative will call you.

Weekly Tenant Rights Clinics in Plummer Park are closed until further notice

Eviction Defense Network

(213) 385-8112 www.evictiondefensenetwork.org Representation for LA County tenants facing eviction as long as they come in a week before the trial. Fee on a sliding scale but no one is turned away for lack of funds.

 

 

 COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING

  

On May 4, 2020 the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a Guidance for Multifamily Residences that provides information on:

  • Employee and resident communication
  • Prevention measures
  • Rent payment flexibility
  • Self-quarantining/self-isolating residents
  • Reliable sources of COVID-19 information

Additional resources:

Face Coverings

The City of West Hollywood requires the use of cloth face coverings in public beginning on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Click here to learn more.

  • The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will monitor compliance of the City’s requirement to wear face coverings in public and will provide education and warnings, and will cite as appropriate. Not wearing a face covering is considered a crime and individuals are subject to citation. For more information, please contact the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.

 

ACCESSING RSH SERVICES

Rent Stabilization and Housing Information Line:

City of West Hollywood facilities are currently closed, but virtual operations are up-and-running. Rent Stabilization and Housing Staff are available by email and phone, Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM.

Email rsh@weho.org | Phone: (323) 848-6450 

 

IMPORTANT: The Rent Stabilization and Housing Division is not able to accept paper applications or forms at this time.

Please Use the following online resources to file or request Rent Stabilization Program documents:

Please email 3-day Notices or Unlawful Detainers to rsh@weho.org

If documents cannot be emailed or submitted online, you may mail the documents to the following address. There will be a delay in retrieving and posting mailed correspondence.

8300 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Current Available Rentals

Check here for of a list of available rentals in West Hollywood. Rentals listed are from private property owners. This list is provided free to access, and free to post.

 

 Know the Rules Before you Rent!

West Hollywood administers rent stabilization and tenant protections through the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and Rent Regulations.

 Renting Housing in West Hollywood

The RSO requires landlords to register new tenancies within 30 days after the tenancy begins for buildings built on or before July 1, 1979 (West Hollywood Municipal Code §17.28.040). Now this process can be quickly and easily completed through our Online Landlord Service portal.

Tenant Protections Apply to all Rentals

The West Hollywood RSO (Rent Stabilization Ordinance) provides tenant protections regardless of when the building was built.

Evictions Limited to Just Cause

  Tenants in West Hollywood can only be evicted for certain reasons, such as not paying rent, or causing a nuisance. (WHMC 17.52)

Relocation fees for No-Fault Evictions

Landlords are required to pay relocation fees to tenants displaced through a no-fault eviction. 

Tenant Harassment Prohibition

  Landlords are prohibited from engaging in harassment of a tenant in a manner that would cause a reasonable tenant to vacate their dwelling unit,

 

Rent Stabilization Ordinance

Title 17 of the West Hollywood Municipal Code (Rent Stabilization Ordinance) holds West Hollywood's rent laws and tenant protections, including application of the law, obligations for property owners, limits on rent increases, limits on eviction, tenant protection from harassment, and requirements for temporary and permanent  relocation.

 

Rent Regulations

The Rent Regulations implement the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

 

Buildings Built Before July 2, 1979: Rent Stabilization Program Rent Increase Limits, Maintenance Requirements

Buildings receiving a certificate of occupancy before July 1, 1979 are subject to the full RSO including:

  • Limit on Rent Increases
  Following the first 12 months after a tenant moves in, the property owner may increase rent but only to the limit allowed by the Annual General Adjustment (AGA).
     
  • Housing Services
  Property owners must maintain the same housing services that existed when a tenant moved in. If those services are reduced, a tenant may request a decrease in rent. 
     
  • Minimum Maintenance Required
 

 Property owners must provide maintenance:

  • Every 4 years: repaint interior walls
  • Every 7 years: replace carpet, repaint exterior walls


 

 Additional Information and Links

    • RSO Building Blocks- A Rent Stabilization & Housing Educational Series. Click here for a list of seminar topics and additional information.

    Energy Conservation

    • Energy Conservation Information [PDF] - Discover ways to save money and energy on your gas and electric bill with Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison.
    • Go Solar West Hollywood - Go Solar West Hollywood is a city-sponsored program to encourage property owners to go solar. West Hollywood has partnered with EnergySage, an online marketplace, to help property owners receive and compare quotes!
    • Additional Solar Resources - Learn about the basics of solar technology, solar financial incentives, the City’s solar guides for condos and apartment buildings, virtual net metering, and much more.
    • Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing
      PACE is a simple and effective way to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and seismic upgrades to buildings.

     Contact Us

    The Rent Stabilization and Housing Division can be contacted by phone and email while City Hall is closed:

    Monday to Friday: 8:00am to 5:00pm

    Rent Stabilization Information Line: (323) 848-6450 | Email: Contact this Division