Cost Recovery Programs Los Angeles Multifamily

The Cost Recovery Programs Available to LA Landlords

Six Cost Recovery Programs available to Los Angeles property owners

As LA apartment rental income has remained fixed for the past three years and with property expenses on the rise, it is important to note a few Cost Recovery Programs available for landlords in the City of Los Angeles. There are six programs that allow owners to recover the cost of improvements to their rental properties from their tenants depending on the circumstances and nature of the improvement. In addition, the Just & Reasonable Program is a rent adjustment program that provides a mechanism to provide relief from rent increase restrictions. Each item below provides program information:

  • Capital Improvement Program:  The Capital Improvement Program splits the cost of approvable expenditures 50/50 between the landlord and all tenants benefiting from the improvement.  Eligible improvements include the complete exterior painting of the building, landscaping, flooring, fixtures, doors, windows, fences, security items, meter conversions, major appliances, screens, window coverings, etc.  Read More Here
  • Seismic Retrofit:  The Seismic Retrofit Work Cost Recovery Program and allows for a temporary rent surcharge to tenants based on: 1) A pass-through of up to 50% of total seismic retrofit costs divided equally among all rental units, if approved by LAHD and 2) A maximum rent increase of $38 per month for 120 months.  Read More Here
  • Rehabilitation Work:  Eligible improvements include work mandated by a federal, state or local agency through the Health, Safety or Building Codes, or, due to the repair of damage caused by a natural disaster, e.g. fire, flood, or earthquake.  Read More Here
  • Primary Renovation:  Landlords wanting to take advantage of the Primary Renovation Cost Recovery program must first complete the requirements for the Tenant Habitability Program. Once the work has been completed, an application can be prepared for a Primary Renovation project.  Read More Here
  • Just and Reasonable Adjustment:  The Just & Reasonable Program is a mechanism to obtain a fair return on the landlord’s investment in rental property. It compares the Net Income from the first year for which records are available with the Net Income in the Current Year.   If the business is currently unprofitable compared with its first year of operation, a permanent rent increase adjusted for inflation may be permitted to be added to the rent to improve the property’s profitability and permit a fair return on the owner’s investment.  Read More Here
  • Replacing Smoke Detectors:  The Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) allows landlords to recover the purchase price and installation costs of smoke detectors in each unit and on the property at the rate of $3.00 per month for permanent electric smoke or combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. This is the only self-help cost recovery program a landlord can use without approval of the Department.   Read More Here

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