Renters' Rights

Basic Renters Rights

***COVID-19 UPDATE*** Updated Information Regarding Eviction and Tenant Protections: September 2020 | Información reciente sobre las protecciones de desalojo e inquilinos: septiembre de 2020

Do you have questions about your rights as a renter?  Are you unsure about how the Ellis Act applies to you?  For answers, check out the rest of the page.  

Ellis Act

The Ellis Act is part of a California law provision that gives landlords a legal way to leave the rental market business.  The provision provides important protections for renters too.

Tenant Protections


-Tenants must be given 120 days of notice or one-year of notice for those over 62 or with disabilities before their eviction, assuming the tenant has lived in the residence for at least one year.

Compensation: (all monetary amounts are subjected to increase due to annual rent adjustment)

-If you lived in a unit for less than three years, you are eligible for $7,700

-If you lived in a unit for more than 3 years or your income is less than 80% of the median income in your neighborhood, you’re eligible to receive $10,200

-If you are disabled, 62 years or older or have a dependent child, you are eligible for even more:

-If you lived in a unit for less than 3 years, you can receive $16,100

-If you lived in a unit for more than 3 years, you can receive $19,000

Report a Rental Code Violation

If you wish to file a complaint regarding potential code violation(s) on a residential rental property, containing more than one dwelling unit, you may do so by using this website or calling the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) at 1-866-557-RENT (7368) or online here.

Every effort will be made to respond to your request within 24 hours.

Report Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Violation

The Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) covers rental housing units in the City of Los Angeles. If you have experienced a violation(s) of the RSO for any of the following reasons listed below, and have unsuccessfully been able to resolve the issue(s) with your landlord, please click here for the Tenant Complaint Form in English and in Spanish. For more information, please click here

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