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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1989 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica's Rent Control Board has been fined $20,000 for violating a 1983 injunction forbidding the board from holding hearings on disputes over excessively high rent, but a request by several landlords that the board's chairwoman be jailed was turned down. "No jail this time . . . but if they persist in violating the injunction, then there will be serious consideration for imprisonment," Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Laurence J. Rittenband said.
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REAL ESTATE
June 23, 2002 | H. MAY SPITZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"For sale" signs are popping up on properties all over town. What happens to your tenancy when a property is sold? It depends on what you've signed and where you live, but one thing is for certain--you have specific rights, no matter who owns the place you rent. Some cities have ordinances that regulate owner-occupancy and payment to tenants who are asked to move out. If you are faced with an eviction, you may need to consult an attorney. Start by pulling out your written lease.
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NEWS
January 11, 1990
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board last week rescinded a rule that automatically allowed rent increases if the board failed to act on a landlord's rent increase petition within 120 days of filing. Board member Wayne Bauer said that the rule--which was adopted a decade ago when rent control was adopted--was too drastic, and that it created undue stress on staff and the board to process petitions quickly.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica's largest apartment complex was sold last week in a deal that illustrates how dramatically the end of rent control in that city has affected the market for apartment properties. Brentwood-based Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors paid $95 million for Santa Monica Shores, a two-building, 17-story complex that was built in the mid-1960s, according to Ron M. Pelleg, an independent broker who represented the seller, Santa Monica Shores Limited Partnership.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990
The deadlock over the appointment of the fifth member to the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, which had threatened to indefinitely hamper board business, was broken Thursday night with the selection of Jay P. Johnson, 47, an apartment owner who supports rent control.
NEWS
November 2, 1989
Anthony Trendacosta, an attorney with the Juvenile Dependency Court of the Los Angeles county counsel's office, has been selected as the new general counsel of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board. Trendacosta, 39, will take over the six-member legal staff Nov. 13 at an annual salary of $72,000. In private practice, he has specialized in personal injury and labor law. He worked as a hearing officer in 1987 during the board's effort to certify regulated rents to comply with state law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1989
Sally Molloy, the head attorney for Santa Monica's Rent Control Board, has resigned after barely four months on the job, in the agency's third major high-level shake-up in less than two years. Molloy assumed the position of general counsel in mid-March, replacing Joel M. Levy, who took a lower-level job within the agency. In late 1987, the board fired another key staff member, administrator Howell Tumlin. Molloy, 39, had been on the board's staff for eight years.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1999 | BOB HOWARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica's largest apartment complex was sold last week in a deal that illustrates how dramatically the end of rent control in that city has affected the market for apartment properties. Brentwood-based Douglas Emmett Realty Advisors paid $95 million for Santa Monica Shores, a two-building, 17-story complex that was built in the mid-1960s, according to Ron M. Pelleg, an independent broker who represented the seller, Santa Monica Shores Limited Partnership.
NEWS
September 8, 1985 | AMALIA DUARTE, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court has been asked to review an appellate court ruling that says a landlord cannot evict a tenant for failing to pay rent that exceeds the amount specified by local rent control guidelines. If the case, which involves a Santa Monica landlord and tenant, is not reviewed by the Supreme Court, the decision will stand as a precedent in California. The court is expected to decide by October whether to review the case.
NEWS
August 13, 1989 | JULIO MORAN, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of evictions loom in Santa Monica as an increasing number of landlords put the city on notice that they intend to get out of the rental business. The threat of evictions comes in the wake of Santa Monica's Rent Control Board losing ground in its long fight against the state's Ellis Act, which bars cities from forcing landlords to stay in the rental business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than a month of searching, Beverly Guest grudgingly came to the realization that she was not going to find her dream: an affordable apartment in rent-controlled Santa Monica. Not, at least, before New Year's Day, when the city's legendary tough rent control ordinance was defanged by a state law allowing landlords to set rates at whatever the market will bear once a tenant vacates a unit.
NEWS
May 15, 1991 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If King Solomon were still around to make legal decisions, a case being heard this morning in Santa Monica Municipal Court might be perfectly suited to the wise king's talents. At first, Wilkes vs. Gioe would appear to be a standard eviction under the provisions of the state's Ellis Act, which allows landlords in rent-controlled areas to quit the rental business by withdrawing their units from the market.
NEWS
July 29, 1990 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blame it on the lure of the ocean breezes and speculators capitalizing on the condo craze. Berate the Ellis Act as the scourge of rent control in Santa Monica. Or bless it as a triumph over tyranny. Point to the apartment around the corner that hasn't been painted since "harvest gold" was a trendy color, with rents as outdated as the decor. No matter how you spin it, the bottom line reads the same: Santa Monica's rent control law is at a perilous crossroads.
NEWS
June 28, 1990
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board voted unanimously to allow landlords to raise rents 6% this year and approved on a 3-2 vote a proposal to set $25 as the minimum increase. Board Chairwoman Susan Packer Davis and Commissioner Wayne Bauer voted against the $25 minimum, saying that it would hurt low-income tenants. The $25 minimum increase would apply to apartments with rents of $420 a month or less. In allowing the 6% increase effective Sept.
NEWS
March 8, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The scheduled swearing-in tonight of Jay P. Johnson, a landlord who supports rent control, as the fifth member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board has both sides of the rent control debate optimistic. Some landlords, who have complained for years of the board's domination by tenant activists, say they are encouraged that they finally have someone on the board who "speaks our language" and understands the economics of owning and operating rental units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new study of apartments removed from Santa Monica's housing stock under the state Ellis Act confirms what many already believed: The rate of withdrawals is increasing rapidly; most of the units being taken off the market have rents well below the average maximums allowed by the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, and many of the properties removed in the last two years were recent purchases. The statistics are expected to get worse.
NEWS
November 20, 1986 | JAY GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board tonight will consider adopting regulations that would extend rent control to fees that tenants pay for off-street parking in residential buildings. Howell Tumlin, the board's administrator, said the proposed changes would affect those whose rent on parking spaces is separate from the amount they pay for housing. Tumlin said the board decided to consider parking space rent control after a public hearing in September when "more than 100 tenants showed up . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990
The deadlock over the appointment of the fifth member to the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, which had threatened to indefinitely hamper board business, was broken Thursday night with the selection of Jay P. Johnson, 47, an apartment owner who supports rent control.
NEWS
March 1, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new study of apartments removed from Santa Monica's housing stock under the state Ellis Act confirms what many already believed: The rate of withdrawals is increasing rapidly; most of the units being taken off the market have rents well below the average maximums allowed by the Santa Monica Rent Control Board, and many of the properties removed in the last two years were recent purchases. The statistics are expected to get worse.
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