Los Angeles City Housing Law:
INCREASES NOT REQUIRING APPROVAL/DECLARATION
Annual allowable rent increase
The annual rent increase is
based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim
areas for a 12 month period ending September 30 of each year. This index
is a percentage no lower than 3% and no higher than 8%.
This percentage has been the next in the past few years:
The annual increase may be imposed only if 12 months or more have elapsed
since your last rent increase. Landlords are required to give tenants a
written 30-day notice before the increase may be collected.
Only during the month of June can the landlord recover
$7 of the $14 Registration fee from the tenant. The landlord must give the
tenant a 30 day written notice before collecting this annual surcharge.
The maximum rent may be increased by an amount
not to exceed 10% for each additional tenant that joins the occupants of
the rental unit. However, the rent may not be increased for the first minor
When the additional tenant vacates the unit, the remaining tenant must notify
the landlord in writing, and the rent shall be reduced by a dollar amount
equal to the increase.
All landlords are required by law to install permanently
wired smoke detectors in all dwelling units in the City of Los Angeles by
August 1, 1983.
Calculating the surcharge: The landlord can assess a $3 per detector per
month surcharge until the cost, including installation of the detectors,
is recovered. A 19.6% interest charge may be added to the total cost. The
landlord must give a tenant a 30-day notice, within 2 months after installation,
showing the actual purchase and installation cost and the month and year
the surcharge will terminate. Eligible costs are detailed in the Smoke Detector
Additional Services Contract
A landlord and tenant
may enter into a contract for a housing service which was not part of the
original terms of tenancy. A valid additional services contract must:
- be written
- Describe the additional services
- Specify the length of the services.
- Specify the monthly charge for the services
Moneys paid for an additional service are not considered rent. Additional
services contracts are voluntary, and neither the refusal of a tenant to
enter into such agreement nor the breach of such a contract by the tenant
shall be grounds for eviction.