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Rent Stabilization Program

The City of Beverly Hills first implemented rent stabilization in 1978.  Through a series of meetings with the Human Relations Commission in January and February of 2017, citizens expressed concern that existing regulations were ineffective and rapid rent increases were leading to displacement. The City Council responded by modifying key provisions of the original rent stabilization ordinance and in April 2017, the amendments were enacted under Ordinance No. 17-O-2729 (PDF link at bottom of this page). 

One new provision requires owners of multifamily buildings to register with the city and provide information like rent amount and tenancy. On July 10, 2017, the City of Beverly Hills mailed notices via U.S. Certified Mail to owners of units required to register and began accepting registrations on July 24th, 2017. The deadline to register was September 22, 2017. Some dwelling units are exempt:

  • Single-family residences
  • Hotels, motels, inns, and rooming houses rented primarily to guests for a period of 30 consecutive days or less
  • Condominiums
  • Non-profit cooperatives owned and controlled by a majority of the residents
  • Those owned and operated by the government or an agency or authority of the government

When the conditions qualifying a unit for exemption terminate, the owner is required to file a registration form with the City within thirty (30) days after the exemption ends.

What is required now?

The deadline to register was September 22, 2017. All non-exempt units should be registered. If you are an owner of a non-exempt property, please register immediately by visiting http://bhrent.beverlyhills.org. For a complete list of what information is required for registration, please review the Rental Unit Registration Package. Required information includes original and current rent. Once owners have registered, tenants will be notified and asked to confirm or appeal rent amounts given by the owner.

If you have questions please contact City of Beverly Hills Staff at (310) 285-1031, bhrent@beverlyhills.org, or visit in person at City Hall: 455 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Once registered, what is required in the future?

Owners who have registered are required to amend their registration when any of the following occurs:

  1. Following a Vacancy. When a unit is re-rented following a vacancy, the owner must re-register with the City within thirty (30) days.
  2. Change in Ownership or Ownership Contact Information. The seller must provide the City with written notice of the change in ownership including the date of transfer, and the name and address of the new owner, within thirty (30) days of escrow. The new owner must file a registration form with the City within thirty (30) days of the close of escrow. The new owner's registration will only be accepted by the City if it is accompanied by a copy of a written notification from the landlord advising all tenants of the change of ownership and providing the name, address and telephone number of the new owner and new property manager, and a declaration that the new owner served the written notification. 
  3. Change in Building Management or Management Contact Information. The owner must file registration amendments with the City within thirty (30) days of a change of the property manager or authorized agent.

Urgency Ordinance

The Amended Rent Stabilization Ordinance was adopted by City Council on February 21, 2017. To view or download the Urgency Ordinance: Rent Stabilization and Urgency Ordinance

Key Updates to Chapter 6 from the Urgency Ordinance

  • Nearly all rental housing must be registered with the City.
  • For the vast majority of properties, the maximum annual increases in rent was reduced from 10 percent to 3 percent (or the Consumer Price Index, whichever is higher).
  • Introduction of a hearing process where landlords may apply to increase rents more than the what is annually permitted. Owners must show the adjustment is necessary for a fair and just return on investment.
  • For no-cause and some other evictions, landlords must pay relocation fees ranging from $6,193 (studio) to $12,394 (2+ bedroom apartment). If the evicted tenant is disabled, a senior (62+), or a minor (17 and under), there is an additional relocation fee of $2000. The relocation fees also apply to Chapter 5 tenants. 


Notification to Public of Urgency Notice Ordinance

A press release was submitted to local media about the adoption of the Urgency Ordinance and about the call for public input at Human Relations Commission Special Meeting. 

Click here to see press releases:

April 2017, Rent Stabilization Ordinance
The Ordinance is available at this link: Rent Stabilization Ordinance 17-O-2729.

Contact BHRent
CONTACT: Beverly Hills Rent Stabilization
ADDRESS: 455 N Rexford Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
EMAIL: BHrent@beverlyhills.org
URL: www.beverlyhills.org/BHrent
DEPT PHONE: (310) 285-1031
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