Council approves added renter protections to combat rising evictions

January 24, 2024 4:31 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2024) — The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved a slate of added protections for renters, including prohibitions against drastic rent increases, unjust evictions and harassment.

The updates are in addition to robust renter protections already in place, and in response to a regional increase in eviction filings resulting from the expiration of COVID-related protections, along with the ongoing housing crisis.

Tuesday’s council action will result in amendments in the Tenant Protection Code, Housing Anti-Discrimination Code, Tenant Relocation Code, Tenant Harassment Code and Tenant Buyout Agreements Code.

These amendments further solidify protections for the city’s renters — approximately 70 percent of Santa Monica residents — and create greater housing stability, in alignment with the city’s strategic priorities of Addressing Homelessness and Justice, Equity & Diversity.

“Renters make up the majority of our Santa Monica community, and many have called this city home for years,” Mayor Phil Brock said. “It is critically important that families who make up the fabric of our city have the ability to stay here.”

The approved amendments will take effect 30 days after the second reading of the ordinances, which will take place at the council meeting scheduled for Feb. 13.

Approved amendments include:

In addition to the code amendments listed above, the City Council directed staff, in consultation with the city’s Rent Control Board, to draft a charter amendment to go to the voters that would prohibit evictions for tenants with small rental debts and evictions based on a tenant making authorized alterations to their unit without a city permit.

For more information, see the staff report or view the council discussion here.

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