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Beverly Hills News – City Announces Revised Dates for Public Dialogues on Rent Stabilization

Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 2:48 PM

The City of Beverly Hills has announced a revised schedule for the Facilitated Dialogue Sessions on the Rent Stabilization Program in order to accommodate a large number of observant stakeholders who would have been unable to attend on Saturdays.

The original dates included two meetings on Saturdays.

These meetings will be videotaped and available for viewing on demand on the City’s website ( and will be held in the Municipal Gallery at City Hall, 455 N. Rexford Drive. Parking is available adjacent to the Beverly Hills Public Library across the street.

The facilitated dialogues are to be as follows:

Facilitated Session 1: Wednesday Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m.
The agenda includes:

  • Relocation Fees
  • Just-Cause Evictions
  • Ellis Act
  • Habitability Standards 

Facilitated Session 2: Sunday, Aug. 26, 1-5 p.m.
The agenda includes:

  • Banking of Annual General Adjustments
  • Exemption of Properties with four unites or less
  • Rent Increase Application Process


Facilitated Session 3: Sunday, Sept. 16, 1-5 p.m.
The agenda includes:

  • Maximum Allowable Rent Increase


Meetings held last summer did not resolve these issues, though with the help of facilitator Professor Sukhsimranjit Singh, much was accomplished. A civil and open dialogue ensured that the issues were discussed. While some remained unresolved, at the very least, stakeholders agreed to disagree.

These new dialogues will have the benefit of data collected from the rental registry. That information is included in the newly-released Draft Issue Papers on RSO by HR&A consultants, posted to the City’s website Monday at The report will form a basis for the facilitated discussions and will be on the City Council agenda Tuesday.

The report does not make any recommendations. It provides factual information about rental properties.

For the dialogue sessions to be meaningful and inclusive, they require a discussion that includes as many stakeholders as possible. The City, and the Courier, urge your attendance. Your voice must be heard.

Dr. Singh showed a remarkable ability to override differences and focus on areas where there is agreement between landlords and renters. He focused on finding even the slightest agreement to negotiate more agreement. He earned the trust and respect of a large and diverse group of people on all sides of the discussion.

The meetings will be the basis for HR&As final report. That report will be delivered to the City Council to assist in developing the final Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

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