Santa Monica Rent Control

Santa Monica has ushered in rent control rules to alleviate the housing deficit and ensure owners receive no more than a fair return. Like Los Angeles, Santa Monica tenants can only be evicted for “just cause.”

The city also controls the amount that may continue to be charged and provides a resource for tenants to collect any excess rent paid to the landlord. The Rent Board determines which amenities and services are included in the rent and offers remedies for removal or reduction of those amenities and services. Rental property owners also have limitations on removing of rent-controlled units from the market.

If your residential rental building was constructed prior to April 10, 1979, you are likely subject to the rules.

Santa Monica rent control rules & latest news

Summary of regulations »

Maximum allowable rent »

From the Santa Monica Daily Press: Rent control report highlights value of long-term occupancy »

Slew of State Housing Bills Will Make Little Dent in Santa Monica »