What California rental properties are exempt from rent control rules?

Find out some key exceptions to rent control in California.

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What California rental properties are exempt from rent control rules?

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Some form of rent regulation now exists in more than a dozen California cities, including Berkeley, Beverly Hills, East Palo Alto, Hayward, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks and West Hollywood.  Not all rental housing within rent-controlled cities is subject to rent control, however. Under state law in California, property that was issued a certificate of occupancy after February 1, 1995 is exempt from rent control. (CC 1954.52.) State law also exempts tenancies for single-family homes, if the tenancy began after January 1, 1996. Also, most cities exempt new construction built after the date of the ordinance, and owner-occupied buildings with four (or sometimes three or two) units.  Other exemptions may apply. For city-by-city details on rent control, including exceptions, see Nolo’s The California Landlord’s Law Book: Rights and Responsibilities. And for a definitive answer to your question, consult your local rental control board, or an attorney who’s familiar with your community’s rental control ordinance.

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