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SMRR Tenant Hotline: 310-394-0848
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SMRR Endorsements for the November 2024 Election:

Santa Monica City Council
Ellis Raskin, Dan Hall, Barry Snell, Natalya Zernitskaya

Santa Monica Rent Control Board
Kay Ambriz, Phillis Dudick

SMMUSD Board of Education
Jennifer Smith, Jon Kean, Maria Leon-Vazquez

Santa Monica College Board of Trustees
Anastasia Foster, Margaret Quiñones-Perez, Rob Rader

Endorsed Statewide Measure:
Justice for Renters Act

Click here for information about the
SMRR Annual Convention that was held 6-22-24

Join SMRR and become a member! Or donate today!

SMRR Steering Committee Meetings:
Held monthly, members can attend. Contact us for meeting information.
Next Steering Committee meeting: TBD

City of Santa Monica Housing staff will be available for monthly “Office Hours” to assist applicants with questions about the City’s Below Market Housing (BMH) and Preserving Our Diversity (POD) programs. These sessions will take place on select Wednesdays at VAP from May to August. The goal of this effort is to better support community members that wish to connect with staff in-person about these programs but are unable to make it to City Hall during normal business hours. 

Staff will be available from 4:30 to 7:00 pm on the following Wednesdays: 

•    May 15th
•    June 12th
•    July 17th
•    August 21st    

The sessions will be held in the Park Center Building at Virginia Avenue Park. The address is:  2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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 button below for SMRR Tenant Survival Guide:

SMRR Letter to Council in Support of Justice for Renters Act

SMRR Letter to Council in Support of Barrington Plaza Tenants

SMRR Newsletter – Renters Write – April 2023
Click here to read the newsletter

Legal Help for Tenants

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles IS OPEN:

LAFLA Santa Monica Office: 1640 5th Street, Suite 124, Santa Monica, CA 90401

LAFLA Hours: Open to walk-ins Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Call LAFLA: 800-399-4529 or apply for help on our website.

LAFLA will ask about your income, assets and the people that live in your household. They will tell you if you are eligible for their legal services.

Affordable Housing:

Below Market-Rate Housing Program and Rent Subsidy Program For Senior Low Income (POD) information is available for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers.

Information from SMRR about the programs: Application and Registration Info

City website: Below Market Rate Housing Program

City website: POD Program (for low-income seniors who have lived in their unit since before 1-1-2000)

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: