Legislation Los Angeles Multifamily Rent Control

What to know About LA’s Latest Renter Protections

LA County Eviction Moratorium Extended by 2 Months

The LA County Board of Supervisors has voted to extend the countywide renters protections once more. The moratorium will now expire at the end of March 2023. County leaders have indicated that this will be the last time they push the end date.

According to the LA Times and other sources, because properties located in the City of Los Angeles will no longer have its own eviction moratorium (as of January 31, 2023), the eviction moratorium for LA County will apply to the properties and residents of the City of Los Angeles starting February 1, 2023 and ending March 31, 2023.

The Latest Renter Protections in LA

In addition to the LA County eviction moratorium extension, last week the LA City Council also approved additional sweeping renter protections outlined below which pertain to properties located in the City of Los Angeles:

There are three main components to the LA City expanded renter protections:

  • Universal Just Cause: The LA Rent Stabilization Ordinance currently lays out specific allowable causes for evictions. These include reasons such as failure to pay rent, illegal activity, etc. Just Cause requires a landlord to specify the reason for eviction from the RSO list. In cases where landlords evict tenants without an approved cause (called a “no fault” eviction), then the landlord would be required to pay tenant relocation costs.

  • Relocation Assistance for Tenants subjected to Large Rent Increases over 10%: While this certainly does not apply to most landlords whose properties are already subject to LA Rent Stabilization, Landlords who raise rents by an amount greater than 10% of their tenant’s current rent will be required to pay the renter relocation costs. Relocation fee amounts are determined based on the length of tenancy with additional relocation fees to be paid to qualified renters.

  • There will now be a Minimum Threshold for Failure to Pay Evictions: Landlords will not be allowed to evict tenants who fall just a small amount behind on rent. You may only proceed with an eviction if the unpaid rent amount exceeds one month’s worth of fair market rent for that unit type (currently $1,747 for one-bedroom, $2,222 for two-bedroom). IE if a tenant lives in a one-bedroom unit and owes total back rent of less than $1,747 – that tenant cannot be evicted.

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Just Closed | 10793 Ohio Avenue in West Los Angeles

10793 Ohio Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
7-Units | Just Closed in Westwood

We just closed this 7-unit multifamily property in the Westwood area situated south of Wilshire and just east of Westwood Boulevard. This was a property that had been in the family of the Seller for over 50 years. The Seller, like many other small operators in California, was fatigued by the heightened regulatory environment that accompanies apartment ownership in Los Angeles nowadays. The Purchaser was a local student housing operator who was in the midst of a 1031 exchange.

The property traded at sub 4% cap rate and roughly 16x rents. All things In the long run, owning apartments in West LA is generally one of the safer real estate investments out there. The location with respect to transit (and the ocean) are optimal. While the yields upon acquisition may be lower than elsewhere in the market, when all is said and done the rental demand is steady, the rents grow over time, and it’s still ‘The Westside.’

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Newsom passes sweeping pro-housing legislation. But is it enough?

Newsom makes an aggressive pro-housing push in California

If there is one thing residents and landlords can agree on, it’s that California needs more housing. How much more housing? That depends on who you ask. State officials say California needs to ramp up production to 310,000 new housing units annually over the next eight years — a pace that’s 2.5 times faster than the current rate. CA Governor, Gavin Newsom, has taken a proactive approach in his recent passing of pro-housing legislative bills, a few of which are outlined below.

Assembly Bill 2011

  • AB 2011 allows for ministerial, by-right approval for affordable housing on commercially-zoned lands, and also allows such approvals for mixed-income housing along commercial corridors, as long as the projects meet specified affordability, labor, and environmental criteria.
  • The bill also requires that all projects seeking approval under its provisions ensure all construction workers earn prevailing wages and receive health benefits.
  • With thousands of potential commercial sites across California, the bill would allow production of new affordable housing units at scale, without changing the density or character of existing residential neighborhoods. One recent analysis found the potential for 2.4 million units statewide.

Senate Bill 6

  • SB 6 allows residential development on property zoned for retail and office space without needing a rezoning, and allows project applicants to invoke the Housing Accountability Act (HAA) to limit local discretion to deny or condition approval.
  • However, SB 6 does not provide a ministerial approval pathway, and it requires applicants to commit to both prevailing wage and more costly “skilled and trained workforce” requirements for project labor (although the law provides an “off ramp” if fewer than two bidders bid for a contract under the “skilled and trained workforce” requirement).
  • SB 6 does not contain any BMR requirements, and it has fewer site exclusions than AB 2011, and so it is likely to be used most frequently in lower-cost areas of the state and on sites where AB 2011 is not available.

Assembly Bill 2097

  • This bill would prohibit a public agency from imposing any minimum automobile parking requirement on any residential, commercial, or other development project, as defined, that is located within 1/2 mile of public transit.
  • Parking mandates, which require parking for cars to be included in new housing, are common in cities throughout California and can add $40,000 or more to the cost of construction per parking spot, while also increasing climate pollution.
  • Eliminating these costly parking mandates will give Californians more choices about whether they want to pay for parking, or have lower-cost housing in walkable, transit-accessible neighborhoods. AB 2097 increases housing choice and will make it easier to provide lower-cost, walkable-and transit-accessible housing across the state.
1031 Exchange Los Angeles Multifamily

You have sold your investment property. Now what?

What our LA multifamily clients have done with their sale proceeds, post-sale…

Perhaps the most common question we get from our LA multifamily clients when contemplating a sale is: “If I sell, what do I do with the money?” There is no one single right or wrong answer to this question. It’s situational. Sometimes the right answer is you should not sell at all.

But for the ones who have sold, we have seen a few various paths taken by the Sellers in terms of their next step and how they invest their sale proceeds. Of the last 20 or so transactions that we have completed, below are a few different paths taken by the Sellers post-sale, many of course with the goal in mind to avoid paying capital gains taxes.

1031 Exchange into Local Properties

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have at least heard of the term 1031 Exchange. In case you haven’t, a 1031 Exchange is a tax loophole which allows Sellers of investment properties to defer paying capital gains taxes by selling their properties and purchasing a ‘like-kind’ property of equal or greater value than the property they are selling.

For real property transactions (rental houses, farmland, office buildings, strip malls, etc.) the “like-kind” requirement does not mean selling and buying the exact same type of property. Some of our clients have sold a 6-unit apartment building and 1031-exchanged into a 30-unit across town. Some have sold a 12-unit and traded down into one (or more) 4-plexes for their kids. Others have sought to exit apartments permanently and have traded into commercial strip malls locally. It varies on a case-by-case basis.

1031 Exchange into Out-of-State Properties

Under 1031 Exchange provisions, you do not have to sell and purchase in the same state. In other words, you can sell your LA property and 1031 into another state. Some investors are no longer buying in California as a result of increased regulation. Some of our clients have sold their LA multifamily properties and traded into properties in Sunbelt states such as Texas or Arizona – many with the intent of escaping the unforgiving rent control Laws in Los Angeles and California as a whole.  

Other clients have sold their LA properties and purchased out-of-state “triple-net” properties (ie CVS, Walgreens, Dollar General etc) – where they simply collect rent from large commercial tenants without having to pay property taxes, maintenance or insurance for the property (ie nets).

1031 Exchange into Delaware Statutory Trusts

Some of our clients who are tired of direct ownership and oversight of a property, and prefer a completely hands-off investment such as a Delaware Statutory Trust, which also qualifies for a 1031 tax-deferred Exchange.

A Delaware Statutory Trust (DST) permits fractional ownership where multiple investors can share ownership in a single property or a portfolio of properties, which qualifies as replacement property as part of an investor’s 1031 exchange transaction. A DST takes all decision-making out of the hands of investors and places it into the hands of an experienced sponsor-affiliated trustee.


One or two of our clients have also carried paper or “Seller Financed” their transaction. Seller financing in real estate is, quite literally, when the seller of a property finances the transaction. The buyer furnishes a down payment and borrows the rest from the seller.

The seller essentially acts as the bank and holds a note, for which they are paid interest by the Buyer. There are certain tax advantages to this: An installment sale is taxed differently than a regular sale in that each installment is taxed in the year received, making it favorable for sellers who want to spread out their tax liability over a number of years instead of paying 100% of the tax in the year of sale.

Some Just Pay Capital Gains Taxes

Believe it or not, there is a large component of Sellers out there who are just done with real estate entirely. They simply do not want to own another piece of property or fractional share of a property. As a result, the transaction would result in the Seller paying Capital Gains taxes on the sale, which between State and Federal can be a significant amount depending on the situation.

Note: The above should not be construed as tax or financial advice. If you are considering any of the above, please seek the assistance of a qualified CPA and/or tax attorney

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1980s 4-Plex – Just Closed Off Market | Virgil Village, Los Angeles

536 N. Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Stabilized 4-Plex | Just Closed

We just closed a renovated 4 unit property located on Commonwealth Avenue in the heart of Virgil Village just south of Silver Lake. The property was constructed in 1980 and therefore not subject to Los Angeles Rent Stabilization – only to California’s less restrictive statewide rent control as governed by AB 1482, whereby the allowable annual rent increase is 5% +CPI as opposed to the blanket 3-4% increase imposed by traditional LA rent control.

Over the past few years, and in particular since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have seen a flight to properties that were constructed after 1978 (non-LA rent controlled properties), as dealing with LA rent controlled properties constructed before 1978 has become increasingly problematic with various city, county and statewide renter protections.

This unique property was in excellent shape and featured spacious 2 and 3 bedroom units averaging over 1,000 SF each, with ample on-site parking and a sprawling backyard often used for concerts. The 1031 Exchange purchaser, who closed all cash with a 30 day escrow, was attracted to the growing dynamics of Virgil Village in addition to the property’s near-stabilized rents. The details of the transaction are below:

536 N. Commonwealth Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90019

$2,300,000 Final Sale Price
– 4 Units |4,400 SF
– Two and three-bedroom floor plans
– Year Built 1980
– $575,000/Unit
– $518/SF
– 16.2 GRM
– All Cash transaction sold off-market to 1031 Exchange Purchaser