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Santa Monica : 4.5% Rent Increase Backed

May 30, 1991

The staff of the Rent Control Board is recommending a 4.5% annual rent increase or a minimum of $23 for 1991-92.

The recommendation will be presented to the five-member board tonight and decided at a public hearing June 13.

The staff is also recommending that landlords who pay for electricity be allowed an additional 2% increase or a minimum of $7, or an additional 3% or $11 minimum for owners who pay for both electricity and gas for tenants.

The annual rent increase is determined by a formula based on inflation and increases in utility and operating costs, according to Mary Ann Yurkonis, rent board administrator.

Last year, the board approved a 6% rent increase and introduced for the first time a minimum dollar increase of $25 for landlords with very low monthly rents.

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