CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 1987 |
There's a new rent-control law in Thousand Oaks. But it is far from the sweeping law adopted last fall that was shelved only a week later when the city's second biggest landlord threatened, in protest, to evict hundreds of tenants. The new rent-control plan adopted Tuesday is much more acceptable to landlords. When it becomes law in May as expected, it will ask landlords to voluntarily agree to limit rent increases to a maximum of 7% per year over the next two years.
July 18, 1985 |
In a decision that caught West Hollywood landlords by surprise, the City Council has voted to reduce the rent increase that tenants will pay in their first year under the city's new rent control law. Although the formula in the city's new rent law would have permitted a first-year rent increase of 4.75%, the council last Thursday voted 4 to 1 to further slash this year's rent hike to 3%.
December 26, 1985 |
In the first major legal challenge to West Hollywood's rent control law, a landlord has sued the city to overturn a key provision compelling apartment owners to regularly paint and replace carpets and drapes in their tenants' units. The lawsuit, filed last week by landlord Marianne Berman in the Santa Monica district of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, also sought a restraining order to prevent West Hollywood from holding a rent administration hearing involving one of Berman's tenants.
June 23, 1985 |
Apartment owners intent on forcing the West Hollywood City Council to prepare an environmental impact report on the effects of the proposed rent control law say they might file suit if the city refuses to go ahead with a study. "We've certainly talked about it," landlords' leader Grafton Tanquary said after being asked by City Councilman John Heilman if apartment owners planned to sue.
September 27, 1987 |
Last week another innocent tenant fell through the cracks of Los Angeles' rent- control law. But for emergency legal aid, Jessie Davis, a 73-year-old single woman disabled by arthritis, would have lost her apartment. As it was, Davis suffered the terror and indignity of having all her belongings hauled away against her will--without notice, let alone the opportunity to be heard in court.
May 12, 1988 |
Santa Monica's dominant political group has abruptly scrapped a rent control initiative, fueling scattered dissension within the organization's ranks just six months before municipal elections. Leaders of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights said the proposed initiative, which would have tightened the city's already tough rent control law, was pulled because of technical errors in the way it was written.
January 9, 1992 |
The new year brings a major change in Santa Monica's tough-as-nails rent control law by allowing one-time-only increases on units with historically low rents if the apartments are voluntarily vacated. The Threshold Rent Program, which went into effect Jan. 1, comes after various efforts over the past few years to provide a mid-course correction for a 13-year-old rent control law that is under continual challenge from the state Legislature, courts and landlords.
August 15, 1985 |
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board has sued 74 landlords for failure to pay the city rent control fees, which they have refused or neglected to collect from tenants. Joel Levy, the board's general counsel, said some landlords owe as much as $12,000 and that the total is between $50,000 and $100,000. The city's rent control law requires landlords to pay $84 a year per rental unit, then collect the cost from tenants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1989 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed urgency legislation aimed at heading off potentially large rent increases for some mobile home tenants. The council acted after several tenants at Los Olivos Mobile Home Park in Sylmar told council members Friday they feared the increases because a recent state Court of Appeal ruling removed them from the protection of the city's rent control law. Council members said they were unaware of the ruling until notified by the tenants.
October 29, 1987 |
The red and black graffiti on John Rodriguez's one-story, boarded-up, trash-infested building begin to tell his story: "This is what rent control brings." "Amerika is already here in Soviet Monica." "If Big Brother can do this to me, they can do it to you." For years, Rodriguez has wanted to tear down the building, once a motel, then a live-in hangout for illegal aliens and now a dilapidated hiding place for transients on a prosperous commercial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard.