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If the property is subject to Los Angeles' Rent Stabilization Ordinance, the law only allows you to increase the rent by 3% each year. You can ask that the tenant increase their security deposit by 3% at the same time the rent is increased. If you provide utilities, you're also allowed a 1% utility increase. You unfortunately are not allowed to increase rent to bring it to the market value or to increase a tenant's rent more often than once a year, even if they're on a month-to-month lease.
You're also allowed to increase the rent if the tenant moves someone new into the property, not counting a dependent child. There are a couple of other surcharges that might apply, listed here:
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I'm afraid that the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization laws do not allow a landlord to evict a tenant for the purpose of selling the property. These laws override the basic provisions in your lease and the general state law that allows a landlord to evict on 30 or 60 days notice. The property is sold with the tenant in it, unless you have another permissible means for eviction.
Here is a list of permissible reasons for evicting a tenant:
You still need a permissible reason for terminating the lease: You or a family member are moving in, you need to move a resident manager in, you're demolishing the building, or the unit is being permanently removed from the rental market.
A 60 day notice for a rent controlled property is not valid, even with relocation assistance, if the tenancy isn't being terminated for one of those reasons or if no reason is given.
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