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September 7, 2003 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: Previously you wrote that the new-construction exemption from rent control does not apply to a property for which the "certificate of occupancy was first issued after Oct. 1, 1978." We own a Los Angeles duplex that needed extensive repairs after the 1991 earthquake. We and the tenants had to move out for nine months while the work was done. We received the certificate of occupancy in 1995. Does this qualify for an exemption from the rent control law?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Lower Nob Hill, a once stately neighborhood whose shifting fortunes have proved a draw over the years for prostitutes and petty crooks, is buzzing with new activity. The Academy of Art University has snatched up nine apartment buildings and former hotels in the enclave, converting them into dorms for students who pack the neighborhood's cafes and linger on the sidewalks to smoke and skateboard. Private landlords have gotten in on the action, renting to students who, city officials say, pay as much as 20% more for their lodgings than permanent residents do. But with the average rent for a San Francisco studio apartment hovering around $2,000, Lower Nob Hill and the institution that transformed it are Exhibit A in a pointed policy debate over student housing.
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NEWS
November 8, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once again, Santa Monica landlords came up empty at the polls in their quest for relief from the city's tough rent-control law, and they warned of a probable surge of evictions by property owners who decide to quit the rental business. Landlords also failed to break a consecutive winning streak by tenants rights advocates in the race for four seats on the city Rent Control Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A divided Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to draft an ordinance preventing the owners of thousands of apartments from imposing an optional 3% rent increase between now and Oct. 31. On an 8-6 vote, the council asked City Atty. Carmen Trutanich to prepare a rent moratorium for buildings constructed before 1978 that have six or more units, a group that is governed by the city's rent control law. However, council members moved at the last minute to spare owners of rent-controlled buildings with five units or fewer, a group they called "mom and pop landlords."
REAL ESTATE
January 7, 1990 | KEVIN B. POSTEMA, Postema is editor of Apartment Age Magazine, a publication of the Apartment Assn. of Greater Los Angeles, an apartment owners' service group
QUESTION: One of your recent Apartment Life columns contained a question entitled "Splitting Couple Must Honor Lease." The Los Angeles writer and her husband had signed a one-year lease. Now they are splitting up and she wants to move out. Her husband says he will take her to court if she does not continue paying her portion of the rent for the lease term.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1990 | JANE HULSE
Mobile home owners in unincorporated areas of Ventura County could expect annual rent increases on their spaces to stay at the current 5% ceiling under a proposed new rent control ordinance. The current ordinance expires Dec. 15, and on Tuesday the County Board of Supervisors will consider a replacement. Except for minor changes, the proposed ordinance is virtually the same as the old one.
NEWS
July 18, 1991
Escalating rents at mobile home parks are a "significant problem" that could be solved either through rent control or continued negotiations with landlords, according to a report presented to the City Council Monday. The report, prepared by city staff members at the City Council's instruction after numerous tenant complaints, said the city should consider enacting a rent control ordinance modeled after a law in La Verne.
NEWS
May 29, 1985
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley today signed into law a new rent control ordinance that will take effect July 1 and will tie the rate of maximum allowable rental increases to the Consumer Price Index. With the CPI at about 4%, the new law will provide relief for at least one year to renters who faced 7% maximum increases under the city's old law. Besides pegging raises to the CPI, the new law will prevent landlords from raising rents by more than 8%, no matter how high the CPI goes.
NEWS
August 13, 1989
Again, I write to protest the unfair treatment of landlords (I hate that word) by West Hollywood's onerous rent control law. (The Times, July 13.) Just because a few other cities have similar legislation does not make our law any more fair, equitable or reasonable. We were absent for a few weeks on a necessary trip to the Midwest, only to return to find that the screws had again been tightened. Fees have been doubled with the owner alone paying for the increase. How can the powers-that-be maintain that these costs are not a business expense, but must be subtracted from the owner's "exorbitant profits"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991
Santa Monica's rent control law was upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco on Tuesday. A landlord group that sponsored the suit was "hoping to mount a successful constitutional challenge to rent control in light of a change in the composition of the federal courts brought about by President Reagan's appointments," said Deputy City Atty. Barry Rosenbaum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Having toiled in machine shops during World War II and worked for decades in other manual jobs, 84-year-old Mary Kubancik felt entitled to live out her years in a pleasant mobile home park in Sylmar. Instead, the frail Kubancik is preparing to move out after 19 years. Her $919 monthly Social Security check won't cover her essentials and the $702 that her mobile home space will cost when the latest double-digit increase takes effect in April.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2007 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
Poor tenants relying on federally subsidized housing in Los Angeles are protected from eviction by the city's rent control laws, a federal judge said in a tentative ruling Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins' ruling came in response to a lawsuit by 22 tenants of a hillside apartment building in Echo Park against owners including a UCLA real estate professor. But it has implications for about 26,000 people who live in rent-controlled buildings and receive federal subsidies.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2007 | Thomas S. Mulligan, Times Staff Writer
Billionaire Sam Zell has said a number of times that his interest in acquiring Tribune Co. is purely economic -- not egotism, not passion for the company-owned Chicago Cubs, not a soft spot for newspapers. The 65-year-old Chicagoan has nicknamed himself the Grave Dancer because of his ability to see profit opportunities where others see miles of bad road.
REAL ESTATE
January 14, 2007 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
DON'T let the Hollywood lights blind you: Los Angeles is a city of renters, and without rent control, the workers who keep the city running couldn't afford to live here, tenant advocates insist. Frail but feisty, 79-year-old Doris McKendall could be the poster child for the rent-control cause. She lives on $851 a month from Social Security and pays $653 for a rent-controlled one-bedroom apartment a few blocks west of La Cienega Boulevard. When she moved there in 1984, the rent was around $400.
REAL ESTATE
September 10, 2006 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: I've lived in a rent-controlled apartment for 24 years. For the last 22 years, I've had the use of a garage space. My building has just been sold, and the new owner wants to charge me $250 for the use of the garage, or I will have to give up my spot. Although I've had use of it for all those years, it isn't written into my rental agreement. Does the new owner have the right to charge me rent for the parking space or evict me from this garage?
REAL ESTATE
July 9, 2006 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: I am a landlord in Los Angeles. One of my tenants wants to have a friend stay with him for a few months. The lease says the rent will increase by $100 for an additional tenant, but it does not say that after 10 days the visitor becomes a tenant who must fill out a rental application and have a credit report like all my tenants. I tell them this verbally. Can tenants contest my 10-day standard? What is the standard amount of time landlords give visitors before making them tenants?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1987 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, Times Staff Writer
Under pressure from apartment owners, the Thousand Oaks City Council has abandoned a proposal to extend rent control to all of the city's more than 3,600 apartments. The council voted unanimously Tuesday to modify and extend for two years its existing rent-control law, which covers 22% of the apartment units in the Ventura County city.
REAL ESTATE
April 23, 2006 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: I have read that landlords must accept rent payments by credit card. If so, must they accept any credit card, and can they pass along the fees they pay to the credit card company? Answer: Landlords do not have to accept credit card payments for rent and have never had to, which also answers your other questions. They do, however, have to accept cash payments for rent if offered. Refusing to accept cash could subject the owner to a claim that the rent payment had been excused.
REAL ESTATE
February 26, 2006 | Kevin Postema, Special to The Times
Question: I have rented out my West L.A. condo for the last 15 years. Recently, the Los Angeles Housing Department sent me an annual invoice for fees to support the Rent Stabilization Ordinance. I am baffled. Am I under rent control? Answer: When rent control was passed in 1979, rental condos were included. As a result of the state Costa-Hawkins Act of 1995, which took effect in 1996, you are no longer under its price-control aspects, but you are still under its eviction-control provisions.
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