Gentrification and Evictions in Los Angeles

Curbed LA has an interesting article on gentrification in Highland Park. Unfortunately, when bringing up gentrification, evictions, or unlawful detainers are part of the equation. This article highlights the differences in unlawful detainers in the City Los Angeles between rent control buildings and non-rent control buildings.

In Los Angeles, an apartment where the certificate of occupancy was issued after 1978 does not fall within rent control (formally known as the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance). If an apartment unit does not fall within rent control, a landlord has many more options to evict tenants, including the use of a 30 or 60 Day Notice to Quit. The 12 Legal Reasons for Evictions in Los Angeles would not apply to non-rent control units. Further, a tenant living in a non-rent control unit is generally not entitled to receive relocation assistance required under the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

As gentrification concerns rise in Los Angeles neighborhoods such as Highland Park, Glassell Park, Echo Park, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Hollywood, Melrose, and Atwater Village, the important distinction between an apartment unit subject to rent control and one not subject to rent control is even more important for tenants to understand when negotiating with a landlord (and for a landlord negotiating with a tenant).