Rent Increases During and After REAP
In the City of Los Angeles, many residential and apartment buildings are governed by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance of Los Angeles (RSO), and many of those buildings are in REAP. This article will explain to you some of the important aspects of REAP, and how to find out if your building is in REAP. This article will also help you better understand the protections for you if your building is in REAP.
- What is REAP? REAP stands for the Rent Escrow Account Program, to which the City of Los Angeles may refer a building when the building is the subject of one or more Notices and Orders to Comply, the owner has failed to comply with the order within the allotted period, and the violations affect the health or safety of the occupants.
- What Happens When Your Building Is In REAP? When your building is in REAP, you should receive a letter from the City of Los Angeles, directing you to pay a reduced amount of rent, and telling you to pay your rent directly to the City of Los Angeles.
- Can Your Rent Be Increased During REAP? While the building or unit is in REAP, the landlord is prohibited from increasing the rent for the current or any subsequent tenants.
- Rent Increases after REAP Removal: Even after removal from the REAP program, the landlord may not increase the rent for the current or any subsequent tenants for one full year after the termination of REAP.
Still not sure? To find out whether your rent increase is prohibited because of REAP, you can call the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department at (866) 557-7368.
Since 1995, attorney Eric Castelblanco has been dedicated to helping tenants understand and assert their rights. For more information about your rights, call 213-388-6004 or visit their website at: www.castelblanco.com. The information presented in this column is for educational purposes only. You should seek the advice of an attorney regarding your individual situation.