On February 1, 2024 rent debt accrued from October 1, 2021 to January 31, 2023 is due, and the City’s new ordinance on maximum allowable rent increases for rent controlled units also goes into effect.
The maximum allowable rent increases for units under the City of LA Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is 4%. An additional 1% for gas and 1% for electric services can be added if the landlord provides those services to a tenant.
Universal Just Cause:all units in the City of Los Angeles have "just cause" protections, meaning a landlord cannot evict a tenant without declaring a cause from a designated list.
Rent Debt Threshold: tenants who owe less than one month of fair market rent cannot be evicted.
Relocation Assistance for Rent-Gouged Tenants: landlords who raise rent by over 10% must pay a relocation fee equivalent to3 months fair market rent.
"I RECEIVED AN EVICTION NOTICE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?"
Do not self-evict. Stay in your unit and reach out to the City immediately to help navigate what your options are.
Identify the type of notice you received:
3-Day Notice: If you receive a 3-day notice, reach out to the Los Angeles Housing Department. In order for the eviction process to be initiated, you need to receive an unlawful detainer (UD) notice.
Unlawful Detainer Notice: If you receive a UD, you must file an answer within five days. A late response can result in losing your case.
Other Types of Notices: Refer to LAHD resources. RSO renters can file an RSO complaint in order to get an investigator to review the case and create a paper trail for the City.
Respond to formal notices so that you do not lose your case. The eviction process in court can take up to 30 days or longer and provides time to access additional resources that are available to you.
For more information or assistance, visit the Los Angeles Housing Department website, or call their hotline 866-557-7368