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Beverly Hills News – Human Relations Commission to Prepare Landlord-Tenant Recommendations Thursday Morning

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 3:42 PM

By Victoria Talbot

The Beverly Hills Human Relations Commission will be talking about Landlord-Tenant issues Thursday morning at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The commission is to make recommendations to the City Council for the Jan. 24 meeting that will aid in making changes to the Municipal Code that will update ordinances that have not been updated for decades.

Tenants and landlords are encouraged to attend the meeting and to join in public comment. 

The meeting will incorporate the results of a liaison meeting last Thursday between members of the public, two Human Relations commissioners and City council members Lili Bosse and Kathy Reims. 

That meeting, which was open to the public and well-attended, resulted in the recommendations that will be discussed at Thursday’s Human Relations Commission.

The following recommendations will be discussed at the Commission Thursday:

1. Have Community Development establish a data base for the approximately 8600 multi-family units (duplex and above) in the City.

2. Utilize the database to establish a Rental Registry program in the City of Beverly Hills.

3. Change the current No-Cause Eviction ordinance in Beverly Hills to include a relocation fee.

4. Establish methods to limit the annual 10% increases. 

Currently, a landlord can increase rent by 10% per year, whereas other cities, such as West Hollywood, Los Angeles and Santa Monica, tie the rent to consumer price increases to create the Maximum Allowable Rent (MAR). These rent increases are generally between 4-5%, but can be as high as 8%, and are carefully controlled to protect renters.

In Beverly Hills, landlords can evict tenants without cause and raise rents 10% annually. Tenants who are most vulnerable are those who are elderly and disabled, and on fixed incomes. The aging population of renters includes hundreds of residents who have lived in the same unit for decades.

The Commission will finalize their recommendations Thursday, which will be included in the City Council agenda packet for Tuesday’s meeting next week.

 

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