Rent Stabilization Ordinance


Los Angeles Housing Department


The purpose of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) is to protect tenants from rent increases.

Residential rental units covered by the RSO include:

• Apartments

• Condominiums

• Town homes

• Duplexes
• Two or more dwelling units on the same lot

• Mobile homes

• Mobile home pads

• Rooms in a hotel, motel, rooming house or boarding house occupied by the same tenant for 30 or more consecutive days

To be subject to the RSO of the City of Los Angeles, a property must meet the following three criteria:

• The property must be within the City of Los Angeles; and

• There must be two or more units on the lot; and

• The building must have a Certificate of Occupancy issued on or before October 1, 1978. (In the case of mobile homes and mobile home pads, the park must have been issued a permit to operate before February 10, 1986).

Properties exempt from the RSO are as follows:

• Properties located in other municipalities or within unincorporated areas within the County of Los Angeles;

• Single family dwellings, used as such;

• Properties (except mobile homes and mobile home pads) with a Certificate of Occupancy issued after October 1, 1978 (new construction);

• Mobile homes or mobile home pads when the park was issued a permit to operate after February 10, 1986;

• Government owned properties;

• Units occupied by an owner or family member where no rents are collected;

• Vacant units (10 days to register upon rental of the property);

• Properties permanently removed from the rental market;

• Luxury Housing Accommodations issued a Department Certificate;

• Demolished RSO properties;

• Schools/Hospitals;

• Hotel/Motels – with tenancy under 30 days

• Non-profit owner units, with certain qualifications.

The Rent Stabilization Ordinance covers four broad categories:

• Allowable rent increases;

• Registration of rental units;

• 12 legal reasons for eviction;

• Causes for eviction requiring relocation assistance payment to the tenant