The City Council of the City of Culver City finds:
   A.   Rents throughout the Los Angeles County region continue to rise as market pressures, such as increasing real estate costs, lead to a decrease of the affordability and stability of the housing stock. As a result, it is increasingly difficult for tenants to find adequate, safe, and habitable housing at reasonable rents.
   B.   According to the Culver City Housing Element, approximately 43.7% of Culver City renters are "rent burdened," which is defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a renter-household spending more than 30% of its household income on rent. In addition, a study by BAE Urban Economics indicates that during the 2012-2016 period, 43% of Culver City renter households were moderately or severely cost-burdened and over 80% of extremely low-income households were excessively cost-burdened.
   C.   The purposes of this subchapter are to promote long-term stability and certainty for tenants in the rental market while providing landlords an ability to receive a fair and reasonable return with respect to the operation of their property. This subchapter regulates rents and requires landlords to register rental property, establishes an administrative hearing process, and provides for procedures and guidelines for the implementation of this subchapter.
(Ord. No. 2020-014 § 2)