Santa Monica City Council:
SMRR 2022 Ballot Recommendations
Ellis Raskin – City Council
Ellis is a renters’ rights advocate and vice-chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commission. He is employed as an environment attorney who protects access to the coast and secures affordable housing. Ellis wants to build a vibrant, resilient city that protects the health and safety of our residents.
Caroline Torosis – City Council
Caroline is a member of the Santa Monica Rent Control Board. She is employed as a Consumer Rights Attorney and as an economic development expert who leads LA County’s economic and jobs recovery response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Jesse Zwick – City Council
Jesse is a renters’ rights advocate who went to school in Santa Monica, graduated from Harvard, held a leadership role in a homeless services agency, served as a policy advisor and communications director for two L.A. councilmembers, and is a new father working to build an affordable, safe, and sustainable city.
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One-Time Rent Relief Available to Rent Controlled Tenants! Apply between August 29, 2022 through September 19, 2022 at 6PM.
The application period for the “Rent Control Adjustment Relief” program is between August 29th at 8:00AM through September 19th at 6:00PM.
Rent-burdened Santa Monica households in rent-controlled apartments are urged to review the program information and apply here: https://santamonica.gov/programs/rent-control-adjustment-relief.
For more information, read the City of Santa Monica press release here: https://santamonica.gov/press/2022/08/23/750-000-in-one-time-rent-relief-is-now-available-to-tenants-in-rent-controlled-apartments-
Regarding the Rent Control General Adjustment: Read SMRR’s letter to City Council HERE
Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights: A Look Back at the Beginning SMRR Co-Founders Denny Zane and Michael Tarbet have written a history of SMRR, starting with the very early years! It was written in honor of the passing of Roger Thornton, a SMRR Co-Founder and friend. You can read the first chapter online by visiting the Westside Voice website: www.westsidevoicela.com/2022/05/6103
Santa Monica Emergency Health Order Extended to December 31, 2022
From the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Webpage:
Protections against evictions for reasons other than nonpayment of rent have also been extended. On June 29, 2022, The City extended the following protections until December 31, 2022*:
- Protections against “no-fault” evictions, including owner-occupancies;
- Protections against evictions for nuisance, with limited exceptions for health and safety concerns, or for unauthorized occupants or pets;
- Owners may serve requisite notices for an Ellis Act eviction, but shall not file an eviction based on removal of a unit from the market under the Ellis Act until 60 days after July 1, 2022.
Special protections against eviction for refusing non-emergency entries were not extended and are no longer in effect. Landlords must still comply with California law regarding entries, including entering only for specific reasons and providing reasonable notice.
*If the County Health Office Order is terminated, or the City does not ratify the need for a continuing local emergency every 60 days, the protections would end prior to December 31, 2022.
New County Protections for Nonpayment of Rent Evictions: On January 26, 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors enacted eviction protections for nonpayment of rent. The protections apply to Santa Monica tenants.
- July 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022: Protections apply only to households with income at or below 80% of Area Median Income (80%). Tenants with incomes that qualify are protected for nonpayment of rent incurred on or after July 1, 2022 if they self-certify as to COVID-19 financial hardship.
SMRR Tenant Survival Guide
Tenants facing eviction should seek advice and possible legal representation by contacting the Santa Monica Office of Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) at (800) 399-4529, Bet Tzedek Legal Services at (323) 939-0506, Eviction Defense Network at (213) 385-8112, or a private attorney. Click the link below for SMRR Tenant Survival Guide:211205-Tenant-SURVIVAL-GUIDE-created-Aug-2021-first-page-only
For evictions between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, a landlord cannot start an eviction case for nonpayment of rent unless they can show that they applied for rental assistance and the application was denied. Tenants can seek a stay of eviction if they have a pending application for COVID rental assistance. When the rental assistance is received, the case will be dismissed. Tenants who apply for rental assistance by September 30, 2021 and are waiting to learn if they have been accepted, cannot be evicted.
For the period between October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, a landlord has the burden to prove that they’ve been denied rental assistance after good-faith efforts to obtain it.
Click here for information regarding the City of Santa Monica’s Right To Counsel program for tenants who need legal assistance.
Legal Help for Tenants
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Tenants can access LAFLA services by calling 800-399-4529 between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m. for intake only, Monday through Friday; or by applying online for help. All current client activity will be conducted remotely when possible. Clinics will be held by telephone or video conference when possible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for clients with disabilities.
The Eviction Defense Network (in Los Angeles): Email [email protected] with questions and include relevant documents if you can. If you do not have access to the email their office hours are M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM at 1930 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90057.
Affordable Housing and Rent Subsidy Information
Affordable housing and rent subsidy program information is available for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers. Application dates and details:
Application and Registration Info
City Resources: City of Santa Monica list of resources: City’s List of Community Resources
Recycling information: Don’t know if something should be recycled, composted or placed in the trash bin? We can help. Please note, you can be cited for not putting all of your yard trimmings and organic matter in the green container. Click here for more information.