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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 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
June 5, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
In a major blow to sponsors of a rent control initiative, Santa Monica's city attorney has ruled that petitions being circulated to qualify the measure for the November ballot are illegal. City Atty. Robert M. Myers also ruled that petitions for a measure limiting campaign contributions are similarly invalid. The measure would limit the amount of an individual's contributions to a candidate to $500. The decision may kill the measures for November's ballot.
December 26, 1985 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
December 16, 1992 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The City Council voted 5 to 0 Tuesday night to hold an election on extending rent control to recently vacated mobile home park spaces. Because of the potential cost of up to $30,000 for the election, the council delayed setting a date and appealed to the park tenants to help pay expenses. The council agreed to set an election date no later than July 1.
February 25, 1989
In a major victory for Santa Monica, a federal judge Friday granted the city's motion for summary judgment and ruled against a 93-year-old landlady challenging the city's strict rent control law. Landlords had hoped to use the case to overturn Santa Monica's rent controls on constitutional grounds. But U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W.
July 19, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Hoping to protect mobile home owners until the turn of the century, Thousand Oaks City Council members tonight will vote on extending a rent-control law through the fall of 1999. Most council members have already signaled their support for the measure, which limits yearly rent increases for the city's 980 mobile home owners to slightly below the inflation rate.
July 8, 1990
A landlord-sponsored initiative seeking to make a big dent in Santa Monica's tough rent control law has qualified for the November ballot, according to the City Clerk. The initiative would allow Santa Monica landlords to increase rent to market levels when tenants voluntarily vacate. The City Council has a competing measure on the ballot that would also loosen the rules of rent control, but with more limitations than the landlords' initiative.
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