Advocacy at the South Bay Association of REALTORS®

County Supes muscle out interim rent control while ignoring public input

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an interim ordinance on November 13 to temporarily cap rent increases at 3% annually for eligible properties in unincorporated Los Angeles County. At the end of 120 days, the Supervisors may choose to extend this ordinance, repeal it, or replace it with something permanent.

The interim rent control ordinance was intended to pass on consent, meaning that it would join a number of other, normally procedural, items in a single vote without discussion. Supervisor Kathryn Barger opposed this approach and requested that the rent control ordinance receive a fuller hearing.

Nonetheless, the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) expressed concern that Board Chair Sheila Kuehl did not allow any discussion on amendments or adjustments to this measure. While the ordinance ultimately was opened for comments from the public, it is unclear whether any of those comments were ever taken into serious consideration.

BizFed said in a statement that they are “disappointed that the Board of Supervisors ignored our testimony. They have no fiscal analysis as required in the report back along with economic analysis, which shows that price controls will make the housing crisis worse.”

This rent control ordinance comes less than a week after California voters soundly defeated Proposition 10, which would have opened the door for more restrictive rent control laws than is currently allowed. Curiously, County election officials released data showing that voters in unincorporated Los Angeles County – actual constituents of the County Supervisors – opposed Proposition 10: 77,386 Yes/107,223 No.

In other words, 58% of the votes on Propostion 10 from residents in unincorporated County were opposed.