Rent Stabilization Program
The Rent Stabilization Program administers and enforces the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). All multifamily rental properties are subject to the RSO. The following building types are exempt:
- Single-family residences.
- Hotels, motels, inns, and rooming houses rented primarily to guests for a period of 30 consecutive days or less.
- Multi-family properties that received a certificate of occupancy issued after February 1, 1995.
- Non-profit cooperatives owned and controlled by a majority of the residents.
- Dwelling units that are owned and operated by a governmental entity or an agency or authority of a governmental entity.
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.
RSO provisions include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Rental property registration.
- Maximum allowable rent increases.
- Reduction in tenant services.
- Condominium conversions.
- Major remodeling.
- Fee pass-throughs.
- Relocation fees.
- Disruptive tenants.
Staff provides the following services:
- Advise renters and housing providers of their rights and responsibilities under the RSO.
- Processes rent appeals.
- Administers hearings for rent adjustment applications.
- Maintain records and the registration database.
- Provide information on amendments to the RSO.
- Refer tenants and landlords to outside services, such as free mediation.
- Registration system support.
Rent Stabilization also works with other programs, including Code Enforcement, to enforce multifamily rental housing code violations that fall outside of the ordinance, including short term rental and habitability violations.
History and Updates
- 1978 - Beverly Hills implements rent stabilization.
- 2017 - City Council adopts new provisions in under Ordinance No. 17-O-2729. They include a requirement for owners to register rental units with the City and provide basic information like rent amount.
- 2018 - City Council prohibits no cause evictions under Ordinance 18-O-2765.
What is required now?
All non-exempt multi-family properties of two (2) units or more must be registered with the City’s Rent Stabilization Program annually, following written notice from the City. If you are an owner of a non-exempt property, please register immediately by visiting http://bhrent.beverlyhills.org. 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, firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Following a Vacancy. When a unit is re-rented following a vacancy, the owner must re-register with the City within thirty (30) days.
- 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 the close of escrow. The new owner also 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 on all the tenants.
- 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.