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  • 08/06/2022 10:12 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City is aware that tenants in rent controlled units are concerned about potential rent increases starting September 1, 2022. The City is working on both short-term and long-term solutions to assist households that will not be able to afford this increase. If you would like to be included on a list of people contacted when solutions are rolled out, please complete the form below.

    Read More: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=rirpx2Xf30ueH4az8jOusgfK4WGYrDtNoHt3_F8KZT1UNUlCMVhRRjU1MjhJQzg2RkFZQzlGSUVKTS4u

  • 08/06/2022 10:08 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    That brings the total number of potential candidates vying for seats on the Santa Monica City Council, School Board, College Board and Rent Control Board to 37, according to the City Clerk's office.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2022/August-2022/08_05_2022_Only_4_Candidates_Pull_Papers_Over_Past_2_Weeks.html

  • 08/05/2022 5:28 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Annual increases in rent controlled units are currently defined as a percentage of inflation limited to a maximum of 6% or $140. Voters will be asked to cut that in half setting a new annual cap at 3% or $70. 

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/new-cap-on-rent-controlled-increases-to-go-before-voters/220156

  • 08/05/2022 9:13 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    At last night’s meeting, the Santa Monica City Council approved a resolution to place a measure on the November 8, 2022 ballot that would amend the City Charter to establish for 2022 an average General Adjustment (GA) cap of 3% or $70 and establish a maximum GA of 3% for future years.

    This measure will support tenants of rent-controlled units who will be impacted by the 6% rent increase GA that will take effect September 1, 2022, as outlined in the City Charter. A Housing Needs Survey was distributed to Santa Monicans in June 2022 to better understand the impacts of the 6% increase on residents and help the City target its use of $2.2 million in allocated federal HOME American Rescue Plan funds and $750,000 in Council-approved funds to support those most vulnerable to the increase.

    Read More: https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2022/08/04/city-council-approves-ballot-measure-to-establish-a-3-cap-on-rent-increases-for-rent-controlled-units

  • 08/05/2022 9:12 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Monica has many resources available for individuals experiencing homelessness. Below is an overview of some of the most helpful support available.

    Read More: https://www.santamonica.gov/blog/connect-to-services

  • 08/05/2022 9:08 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    “We are always striving to gather input from our community and this platform is an additional tool for listening to the needs and concerns of our community members which will help us make the best decisions to help keep our city safe," said Chief Ramon Batista.

    Based on the responses, the survey measures the community's satisfaction with local services and quality of life in the city, Police officials said.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2022/August-2022/08_04_2022_Police_Launch_Public_Survey_Tool.html

  • 08/04/2022 10:46 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Negrete said she would back SMRR's proposal to reduce the annual rent increase that kicks in September 1 from the maximum of 6 percent mandated by the current Charter to 3 percent for all rent control tenants, and reduce the cap from $140 to $70.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2022/August-2022/08_03_2022_Council_Unanimously_Backs_SMRRs_Proposal_to_Cut_Rent_Increases.html

  • 08/03/2022 9:15 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    After two failed attempts at revising the City’s rent control rules, Council will make a third attempt this Wednesday after the most recent meeting set of a firestorm of criticism and controversy. 

    Council has scheduled a special meeting for August 3 to finalize amendments to the City Charter that would modify the formula for deciding rent increases in controlled units and authorize officials to suspend increases altogether in emergency situations. 

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/third-attempt-at-rent-control-revision-to-be-held-wednesday/220055

  • 08/03/2022 8:41 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica rents increased by 1.6 percent in July after growing by less than 1 percent in each of the prior three months, according to Apartment List's monthly report released Tuesday.

    Median rents currently stand at $2,073 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,583 for a two-bedroom, according to the popular listing website.

    Read More: https://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2022/August-2022/08_02_2022_Santa_Monica_Rents_Rise_in_July.html

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