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NEW REQUIRED Tenant Buyout Disclosure Notice and Oversight by HCIDLA For Los Angeles Rent Stabilized Units

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, January 2017 Add to Favorites

Effective January 25, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Garcetti added Section 151.31 to the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Section 151.31 establishes a new Tenant Buyout Notification Program to regulate and monitor tenant buyout agreements (aka. cash for keys agreements and tenant vacate agreements) associated with properties subject to Los Angeles rent control. If your rental property is subject to Los Angeles Rent Control, and you want to offer your tenant a cash for keys agreement to voluntarily vacate, you are now required to jump through a lot more hoops.

Pursuant to Los Angeles Municipal Code §151.31, before making a Buyout Offer to a Los Angeles tenant in a rent controlled unit, the owner must first provide the tenant(s) with a formal RSO Disclosure Notice issued by the Los Angeles Housing Community and Investment Department (HCIDLA) and have the same both dated and signed by the landlord and the tenant.

Los Angeles Municipal Code §151.31 further provides that a Buyout Offer, Tenant Buyout Agreement, and/or Tenant Cash For Keys Agreement To Voluntarily Vacate that involves a Los Angeles tenant in a rent controlled unit must state:

  1. that the Tenant has the right to cancel (rescind) the Tenant Buyout Agreement (Cash For Keys Agreement) for any reason for up to 30 days after it is signed by the landlord and the tenant;
  2. that the Tenant is NOT required to accept a buy-out agreement;
  3. the amount of relocation assistance that the Tenant is entitled to under the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance;
  4. the contact information for the Los Angeles Housing Community and Investment Development Department; and
  5. just above the Tenant’s signature in the primary language spoken by the tenant (whatever that is) and in 12 point bold type the Tenant Buyout Agreement (Cash For Keys Agreement) must state:
“You, [tenant name], may cancel this Buyout Agreement any time up to 30 days after all parties have signed this Agreement without any obligation, or penalty.”

Finally, if the Voluntary Agreement to Vacate (a.k.a. Tenant Voluntary Buyout Agreement, Tenant Cash For Keys Agreement) is executed, the landlord MUST file an executed copy of the required RSO Disclosure Notice and the Buyout Agreement with the HCIDLA within 60 days. The Ordinance does provide, however, that the amount of compensation set forth in the Cash For Keys Agreement (Tenant Buyout Agreement) will not be made public.

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