West Hollywood toughens rent control laws
West Hollywood is known for protecting the rights of renters. Now, the city is taking another step in this direction, closing what Mayor Jeff Prang sees as a loophole in the city's rent control laws that could hurt domestic partners with growing families. More from the WeHo News:
[Prang] placed an Urgency Ordinance on the last council meeting’s agenda closing a loophole in the city’s rent stabilization law that allowed a landlord to evict tenants with only one child. Urgency ordinances take effect immediately upon passage (with minimum four votes) and are in effect for a limited period of time. Under the West Hollywood rent stabilization rules, a landlord is permitted to evict a tenant for violating … a term limiting the number of people who may live in the tenant’s rental unit. A landlord may not, however, evict a tenant for having one more person than the number specified in the lease if that person is a close relative, such as a parent or child. Mayor Prang said that, “In the past month, the Department of Rent Stabilization and Housing has learned of two instances in which a tenant became married or domestically partnered, and thus exceeded by one person the number of persons permitted under his or her lease."