Tenant Protection Act of 2019
On January 1, 2020, new protections for all California renters went into effect. AB 1482, known as the Tenant Protection Act, gives California renters, including everyone in Los Angeles County, additional protections from steep rent increases and evictions.
The new law sets limits on how much landlords of many rental units can raise rents each year, and requires all property owners to have a valid legal reason (called “just cause”) to evict a tenant.
Cap on Rent Increases:
The law limits how much your rent can be raised each year. Starting January of 2020, Los Angeles County property owners cannot raise your rent by more than 8.3% each year. Landlords can raise your rent no more than twice per year, but the total increase must not exceed 8.3%.
The law also provides some retroactive relief. If your rent was increased by more than 8.3% between March 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019, your rent must be lowered starting January 1, 2020.
Not all properties are covered under this new law. To figure out if you are covered or whether you are being overcharged, talk to a lawyer or attend one of NLSLA’s upcoming clinics in El Monte or Pacoima.
You can also use this rent calculator to figure out whether you are eligible for any relief.
Additional Protection from Eviction:
If you have been in your unit 12 months or more, a property owner must now have a legal reason (just cause) to evict you. The law allows a landlord to evict if the tenant has done something wrong. For example, the tenant did not pay the rent, committed a crime on the property, rented the unit to someone else without permission, or did not obey the rental agreement. A landlord can also evict if the owner’s family member will move into the unit, if the government or court is forcing the owner to do so, if the owner plans to tear down the building or do major renovations, and if the owner is taking the property out of the rental market.
Remember: Not all properties are covered under this new law. A property owner must give a tenant a notice in writing if they plan to evict the tenant. There are rules about what must be included in the notice and when the tenant must receive the notice. Talk to an attorney to see if your notice is proper.
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