This tenant's guide explains basic provisions of the West Hollywood Rent Stabilization Ordinance. It is not intended as a substitute for legal advice or for reading the Ordinance and the Regulations.
The information provided in this guide pertains to most, but not all, rental units in West Hollywood. Certain residential units are exempt from most provisions of the Ordinance. Units exempt from the Maximum Allowable Rent but not from the Eviction Code include: new construction with a certificate of occupancy issued after July 1, 1979; condominiums and properties with only one unit on the entire parcel whose tenants moved in on or after January 1, 1996; governmentally owned- or subsidized housing (for example, Section 8). Units exempt from the entire Ordinance include: institutional facilities; non-profit housing; and some units in hotels or motels.
- What Properties Are Covered by Rent Stabilization?
- What is the Maximum Allowable Rent?
- The MAR for Pre-1996 Move-ins
- The MAR for Move-ins From 1996 to 1998
- The MAR for Move-ins 1999 and Later
- Registration Fee and Tenant Portion of It
- Annual Increases in the MAR
- Vacancy Increases and Re-registration
- Security Deposits and Other Fees
- Other MAR Increases
- Required Maintenance and Housing Services
- Mediation for Resolving Disputes
- Decrease Hearing Process
- Just-Cause Evictions Permitted by the Ordinance
- Tenant Relocations Permitted by the Ordinance
- Tenant Harassment Prohibition
- Having a Roommate