(Added by Ord. No. 177,901, Eff. 9/29/06.)
California Government Code Sections 7060, et seq. (the "Ellis Act") permits the City, among other things, to require landlords to provide all tenants with 120 days notice, or one year if the tenants lived in the accommodations for at least one year and are more than 62 years of age or disabled, when rental units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance are to be withdrawn from the rental market. The Ellis Act also permits the City to impose other restrictions, conditions and requirements upon the property. It is the purpose of this section, and Sections 151.23 through 151.28, to implement provisions of the Ellis Act. The Department may develop forms and regulations to assist in the implementation of these provisions.
There continues to be a low vacancy rate for rental units in the City of Los Angeles, and the withdrawal of residential rental property from rent or lease will exacerbate the rental housing shortage and make it more difficult for tenants displaced by the withdrawal to obtain replacement housing. Because of the rental housing shortage, it is essential that tenants be afforded substantial advance notice to enable them to obtain replacement housing, and that they receive other protections available under law.
In any action by a landlord to recover possession of a rental unit subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, including, but not limited to, where an owner seeks to displace a tenant from accommodations withdrawn from rent pursuant to this chapter by an unlawful detainer proceeding, the tenant may appear and answer or demurer pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1170 and may raise as an affirmative defense the failure of the landlord to comply with one or more of the requirements of Sections 151.22 through 151.28, as well as the failure of the landlord to comply with any other requirement of this chapter. (Amended by Ord. No. 185,224, Eff. 12/13/17.)
If rental units subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance were demolished subsequent to September 29, 2006, the effective date of Sections 151.22 through 151.28, without complying with the requirements set forth hereunder, then all replacement rental units constructed on the same property shall be deemed subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, Section 151.00, et seq., and other provisions of this chapter. Additionally, any landlord who is found to have demolished a property subject to the Rent Stabilization Ordinance subsequent to September 29, 2006, without complying with the requirements of Sections 151.22 through 151.28 shall be subject to a penalty. (Added by Ord. No. 184,873, Eff. 6/4/17.)
Pursuant to California Government Code section 7060, the Ellis Act and Sections 151.22 through 151.28 shall not apply to a Residential Hotel as defined in accordance with California Health and Safety Code section 50519 and Section 47.70, et seq., of this Code. (Added by Ord. No. 184,873, Eff. 6/4/17.)