Cedillo Pushes for Stronger RSO Ellis Act Protections

Cedillo Pushes for Stronger RSO Ellis Act Protections

October 24, 2017

PRESS RELEASE
Cedillo Pushes for Stronger RSO Ellis Act Protections
Council Approves Ellis Act Amendments to City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance

Los Angeles—Today, the Los Angeles City Council approved Ellis Act amendments to the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, providing further protections to tenants being relocated for condo conversions.

The Ellis Act provisions address the following:

• Clarifying that, in any legal action brought by the property owner to recover possession of a rental unit withdrawn from the residential rental market pursuant to the City’s Ellis Act provisions (ex., via an Unlawful Detainer action), the tenant may raise as an affirmative defense the failure on the part of the property owner to comply with one or more of the requirements set forth under the Ellis Act provisions and/or the RSO;

• Clarifying that property owners, wishing to re-rent accommodations within ten years from the date the property was withdrawn from the residential rental market, shall give those tenants who have timely requested a right of first refusal to rent or lease the unit they were previously displaced from; and

• Clarifying that, where a property owner has an application to convert a building to a condominium, stock cooperative or community apartment project on file with the City or where such has already been approved, all tenants, including those whose tenancy commences thereafter, shall be entitled to receive relocation assistance.

“Today’s council action cements our place as a leader in tenant protections. Los Angeles has one of the strongest Rent Stabilization Ordinances in the nation,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “These amendments make it harder to displace tenants using the Ellis Act, and guarantees the rights of those tenants are adhered to under the law.”

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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