Is all of Santa Monica under rent control?

Asked by Ellie, Mid-City, Santa Monica, CA Tue Mar 1, 2011

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Jodi Summers, Agent, Pacific Palisades, CA
Tue Mar 1, 2011
Yes and no. Exemptions may include triplexes + multiunit structures built after 1978...if you file the right paperwork. Currently, when you lease an apartment in Santa Monica, your rent can be increased every September by an amount determined by the general assessment, which is announced in July.
As an FYI, the general assessment has yet to equal City of L.A.'s 4% annual rent increase allowance AND, it has never equalled the rate cost of living increase.
Beyond that, Santa Monica is a great place to live.
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Ron Escobar -…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Wed Mar 2, 2011
YES.. all of it is under rent control. The next question is, what is rent control and what does it cover... and it is a very long answer... so you may want to hone down your question to a specific issue and then seek answer from them. The city's website has comprehensive information about it... they are very strict with enforcement of rent control...
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Tue Mar 1, 2011
Best direct all your questions to your buyers agent who is assisting you. Therefore it eliminates confusion

Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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Mimi Davies, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Mon Jul 25, 2011
Hi Ellie,

Santa Monica is known for its rent control ordinances, but people who lived there many years ago will tell you that today's rent went up, generally speaking.

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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon Mar 14, 2011
Dear Ellie,
Yes it is and it has been for many years. Santa Monica is known for it's Rent Control Ordinances. For specific information on a particular address go to
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Kathleen Bec…, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Wed Mar 2, 2011
Even though Santa Monica has a Rent Control Ordinance, I would urge you to contact the Rent Control Board directly. Many properties are covered under the ordinance, however, if you call them and give an address, they will let you know if the property is covered or not and any nuances of the ordinance for that particular property.

City of Santa Monica
Rent Control Department
1685 Main St., Rm 202
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The CIty of Santa Monica has different laws and criteria than the City of Los Angeles.

You can contact the Los Angeles Housing Department for more information.

City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance - Los Angeles Housing Department
Customer Service & Information Hotline - 866-557-RENT (7368)…

Feel free to contact me directly for further information.

All the best,

Kat Becker, Estate Agent
Prudential California Realty- Santa Monica
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Susan Bo'ur, Agent, Manhattan Beach, CA
Tue Mar 1, 2011
No. There are units that are not under rent control. Do you have a specific property in mind?
Susan Bo'ur Realtor Santa Monica
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