LA County to Vote on Permanent Rent Control Ordinance

Los Angeles County officials will vote tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 10th, 2019 to direct staff to develop a permanent rent control ordinance. The ordinance will include:

  • Rent Increases based on the Consumer Price Index
  • Eviction controls and “just cause” requirements
  • Relocation assistance in certain circumstances
  • Rent registry
LA County to Vote on Permanent Rent Control Ordinance

These supervisors and county staff members have never studied the economic impact of rent control on housing affordability and supply nor have they considered an alternative to get to the root of the housing crisis. LA county should wait to review these actions taken by the state and find other ways to address these issues that do not have known negative impacts to communities.

We urge you to oppose these efforts if you have rental properties anywhere in the county or city where these supervisors represent you.

You can click here to read the full motion.

You can also attend the meeting and make your voice heard!

Who:Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
What:Vote to create permanent Rent Control & Just Cause Ordinance 
When:Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Where:Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Board Hearing Room 381B
Address:500 W Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

You can also call or send the supervisors an email to let them know that rent control is not the solution to Los Angeles County’s affordable housing problem. Fee free to copy and paste the text in the following box or add your own personal thoughts and experiences.

Hilda L. Solis, District
Mark Ridley-Thomas, District
Sheila Kuehl, District
Janice Hahn, District
Kathryn Barger, District

Dear Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,

As an active stakeholder in your community, I support the county’s goal to improve the quantity, diversity, and affordability of housing. However, this cannot be achieved through adopting rent control.

Rent control is a counterproductive housing policy. It will not produce any new affordable housing or address the county’s long-term housing concerns. It creates a stagnant market and increases the cost of housing for everyone else while leading to a physical reduction in housing stock and deteriorating quality. The unintended consequence of price controls will not only affect the livelihoods of the tens of thousands of individuals who work, supply and operate communities but will also have a disproportionate impact on the economically disadvantaged.

I ask that you work with housing providers to find alternative solutions.  An economic study should be commissioned by the county reviewing the impacts of rent control on the housing supply and correlating effects.  I urge you to focus on producing more housing and promoting the existing resources and programs for the community’s renters. Continue to look for ways to partner with the community to ensure renters are aware of resources available to them and educate rental owners on fair and ethical management practices

I appreciate the opportunity to advocate meaningful, long-term solutions to our region’s housing challenge