Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protections Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer

What is the City of Maywood Rent Stabilization Ordinance and when was it adopted?

On August 23, 2023, the City adopted Ordinance 23-07 Establishing Rent Stabilization Regulations. The Ordinance is intended to establish permanent rent stabilization regulations within the City of Maywood 

How often and what percent can I raise the rent?

• Rent for a Registered Covered Rental Unit in 2023 may be increased no more than the rent cap of four percent (4%) or the Consumer Price Index (CPI) whichever is lower. The current CPI is 3.8%.
• One Rent increase for a Covered Rental Unit may be imposed in any twelve (12) month period.

What happens if my landlord increases my rent more than what the Ordinance allows for?

 If a landlord increases the rent more than what the Ordinance allows for, they are subject to an Administrative Citation and fine as provided in Section 6-4.30.

Is a notice required before increasing my rent?

Yes. A landlord must provide a tenant with at least thirty (30) days written notice before imposing a rent increase and in compliance with State law. The amount of time required to notify the tenant is outlined in California Civil Code 827. 

What are my rights?

Your rights include Ordinance No. 23-07 in the Municipal Code, Urgency Ordinance No. 23-10-U Amending and Extending Ordinance 23-06-U on Temporary Moratorium on Evictions, AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019.
If I am a Landlord in the City of Maywood where can I find more information? You can find more information by reading Ordinance No. 23-07 in the Municipal Code, Ordinance No.23-11 Tenant Protections, AB-1482 Tenant Protection Act of 2019, and any State, Federal and Local Governmental Law.
When will the rental registry be available? The rental registry is available on the City website, refer to Chapter 8-21.12. Rental Unit Registration. B.1 Registration Process. 
What will be the cost to register a rental unit? • The City is conduction an impact fee study and an amount for each Rental Unit will be established by resolution of the City Council.
• Refer to Chapter 8-21.12 Rental Unit Registration. Section D. Registration Fee. For more information regarding the annual registration fee.

Do landlords have to register their rental unit(s) with the City?

 Yes. All rental units, including exempt rentals, will be required to be registered on or before February 1, 2024, and by September 1st of each subsequent year. 

What is rental registry and what information will be required for registration? 

Per Chapter 8-21.12 Rental Unit Registration is required of all Landlords.  The Rental Unit Registry will be accessible online and will allow the City to monitor the rental units. The Registry will include ownership information, property information, year built, certificate of occupancy, date or the date the final permit was issued by the City, the number of total Rental Units on the rental property; the number of bedrooms and bathrooms for each Rental Unit; Tenant information, including names and move-in dates; the amount of rent in effect at the time of registration and the date and amount of the last rent increase; and a description of the housing services. 
What benefit does the Rental Registry Program give landlords?   Landlord Rights:
• The registry provides a mechanism to keep track of tenancy history for each rental unit. This will help landlords keep track of occupancy dates if they need to present history regarding rent increases, evictions, or any other concern a tenant whether past or present may question.
• Sets up processes for the landlord to utilize to conduct a lawful eviction.
• Provides regulations to allow rate increases along with pass-through costs in an equitable manner.

What benefit does the Rental Registry Program give tenants?  Tenant Rights: 
• Protects against unreasonable rent increases and unjust evictions 
• Establishes a history of occupancy in a unit.
• Provides a process the tenant and landlord can follow.
Why do we need to provide tenant information on the Rental Registry Program? • Providing tenant information is necessary to help build and accurate tenancy history for landlords.
• The tenant's name is required per Ordinance No. 23-07 section 8-21.12B1 to determine who is residing in a unit to help with implementing regulations.
Where do I go to register my rental units? Go to: https://rentalregistry.cityofmaywood.org/ 

Does the City have any rental programs that can assist me?

The City’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation Grant Funds (PHLA) will provide Maywood residents access to Stay Housed L.A. Please reach out to the resources provided for you below:
• CountyStay Housed L.A. website: www.stayhousedla.org
• Stay Housed L.A. hotline: (888) 694-0040
• Department of Consumer & Business Affairs (DCBA), Housing & Tenant Protections website: rent.lacounty.gov
• DCBA Housing & Tenant Protections email: rent@dcba.lacounty.gov
• DCBA tenant & landlord hotline: (800) 593-8222

How do Evictions work under AB1482?

All applicable evictions must be based on “just cause” meaning the owner must have a just cause for the eviction. “Just cause” is divided into two categories – at-fault evictions and no- fault evictions. The law requires that you provide a reason for the eviction (in the notice to quit) and it must fall within the permissible reasons, as set forth by the law. You may no longer just issue a 30 or 60-day notice of termination of tenancy.

What is the Difference between “at-fault” and “no-fault” evictions? 

• At fault eviction causes are based on the actions or activities of the renter that fall within the scope of the permissible reasons under the law.
• No fault eviction causes are when the eviction is not based on the actions of the renter, but rather due to the owner’s actions or the owner’s compliance with a government entity.
• Visit https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ for a list of reasons actions or activities which will help you determine if it is “at-fault” or “no-fault”