Santa Monica Rent Control was adopted by the voters in April 1979 in response to a shortage of housing units, low vacancy rates, and rapidly rising rents. The law was intended to alleviate the housing shortage and to ensure that owners received no more than a fair return. Together, the Rent Control Board and the Rent Control Agency carry out the law’s basic goals, including:
- Controlling the rent that may continue to be charged for a residential rental unit and providing remedies if excess rent is collected
- Determining the base amenities/services included in the rent and providing remedies for any reduction
- Limiting the grounds for eviction
- Limiting removal of units from the rental market
- Ensuring rental-property owners a fair return.