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Policy Tools - Los Angeles

Choose a city from the map to see its anti-displacement policy measures
  • Just Cause eviction ordinance :   -
  • Rent Control/Stabilization :   -
  • Rent review boards and/or mediation :   -
  • Mobile Home Rent Control :   -
  • SRO (Single-Room Occupancy) Preservation :   -
  • Condominium conversion regulations :   -
  • Density bonus ordinance (greater than state) :   -
  • Inclusionary zoning/housing (Below Market Rate Housing) :   -
  • Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee or Affordable Housing Impact/Linkage Fee :   -
  • Commercial linkage fee :   -
  • Foreclosure assistance :   -
  • Community land trusts :   -
  • Housing trust fund :   -
  • First Source Hiring Ordinances :   -

Glossary of Policies

Glossary of Anti-Displacement Policies

Just Cause eviction ordinance

Just cause eviction statutes are laws that allow tenants to be evicted only for specific reasons. These “just causes” can include a failure to pay rent or violation of the lease terms.
Rent stabilization or rent control  Rent Control ordinances protect tenants from excessive rent increases, while allowing landlords a reasonable return on their investments. Such ordinances limit rent increase to certain percentages, but California state law allows landlords to raise rents to the market rate once the unit becomes vacant.
Rent review board and/or mediation Rent review boards mediate between tenants and landlords on issues related to rent increases, and encourage them to come into voluntary agreement. As mediators, the board normally does not make a binding decision in the case. 
Mobile Home Rent Control Mobile home rent control places specific rent increase restrictions on the land rented by mobile home owners, or the homes themselves.
SRO (Single-Room Occupancy) Preservation Single room occupancies, also called residential hotels, house one or two people in individual rooms. Tenants typically share bathrooms and/or kitchens. These are often considered a form of permanent residence affordable for low-income individuals. SRO Preservation ordinances help to preserve or create new SRO units. 
Condominium conversion regulations In addition to state laws regulating the conversion of multifamily rental property into condominiums (like subdivision mapping and homeowner association formation), many cities have enacted condominium conversion ordinances. These impose procedural restrictions (like notification requirements) and/or substantive restrictions on the ability to convert apartment units into condominiums (such as prohibiting conversions unless the city or regional vacancy rate is above a certain fixed amount or requiring that a certain number of units must be sold to persons of very low, low and moderate incomes).  The purpose of such ordinances is to protect the supply of rental housing.
Foreclosure Assistance

Many cities and counties have local programs that assist home owners (financially or otherwise) when they are at risk of foreclosure. These programs may be funded with federal grants.

Jobs-Housing Linkage Fee or Affordable Housing Impact/Linkage Fee Affordable housing impact/linkage fees are charges on developers of new market-rate, residential developments. They are based on the square footage or number of units in the developments and are used to develop or preserve affordable housing.
Commercial linkage fee/program Commercial linkage fees are charges on developers per square foot of new commercial development. Revenues are used to develop or preserve affordable housing.
Housing Trust Fund

A housing trust fund is a designated source of public funds—generated through various means—that is dedicated to creating affordable housing.

Inclusionary zoning/housing (Below Market Rate Housing) Inclusionary housing policies require market-rate developers of rental or for-sale housing to rent or sell a certain percentage of units at affordable prices. Some policies include a provision for developers to pay “in-lieu fees” in place of building the housing; this revenue is used to develop affordable units elsewhere.
Density bonus ordinance Density bonuses allow developers of market-rate housing to build higher-density housing, in exchange for having a certain portion of their units offered at affordable prices. In this inventory, we only include a city as having this policy if they allow an additional density bonus beyond that mandated by the state of California.
Community Land Trusts Community land trusts are nonprofit, community-based organizations (supported by the city or county) whose mission is to provide affordable housing in perpetuity by owning land and leasing it to those who live in houses built on that land.
First Source Hiring Ordinances First Source hiring ordinances ensure that city residents are given priority for new jobs created by municipal financing and development programs.

 

Key Research Findings

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Download our complete inventory database (updated through May 2018).

  • While there are a wide range of anti-displacement policies and strategies in Los Angeles County, their coverage is fragmented and implementation are not equitably distributed across jurisdictions.
  • 40% of the jurisdictions do not have any anti-displacement policies in place, and about 30% have only one policy.
  • The most commonly found policy are condominium conversion regulations (adopted by 27 jurisdictions or 30% of all jurisdictions).
  • Some of these policies are not being implemented.  For example, advocates have complained that in the past condo conversion regulations on the books in the City of Los Angeles are not being implemented.
  • The count of the policies by jurisdiction demonstrates a meaningful disparity when compared to jurisdictions in the Bay Area. Los Angeles has relatively fewer anti-displacement policies and strategies than the Bay Area.
  • The vast majority of jurisdictions in Los Angeles County do not have any renter protection measures (such as rent stabilization).  Only 37% of the units in the County have any sort of rent stabilization coverage.
  • The number of policies is not indicative of the strength, quality, or effectiveness of a jurisdiction’s overall anti-displacement policy program. This research does not examine the actual language contained in any policies and it is not inclusive of all anti-displacement policies. Further, inclusion in the inventory does not convey any findings of effectiveness or quality of policy impact or implementation.