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.
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.
-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.
Reason for Complaint:
- Unit Not Registered - Your rental unit is not registered.
- Illegal Eviction - Received a verbal or written notice to move-out without a valid reason as listed under the RSO (Illegal Eviction in Español).
- Non-Payment of Relocation Assistance - Did not receive relocation assistance fees due to a no-fault eviction (Non-Payment of Relocation Assistance in Español).
- Illegal Rent Increase - Received a verbal or written notice demanding more rent than allowed under the RSO.
- Reduction of Services - A housing service provided to you at the beginning of your tenancy has been removed or is no longer accessible.
- Failure to Post RSO Notice - There is no notice on the property that indicates your property is subject to the RSO.
- Illegal Buyout Agreement - Received an offer or signed a buyout agreement in exchange to move out of your rental unit and the RSO Disclosure Notice was not given and/or the Buyout Agreement is not in compliance with the RSO.
- Required Online Payment/Electronic Fund Transfer - Your landlord has requested to only submit your rental payments online or by electronic fund transfer.