The Rent Stabilization Commission announced the adjustment June 26, based on a formula involving 75% of the local Consumer Price Index (CPI) and rounding to the nearest quarter percentage. The CPI for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange counties increased from 233.367 to 237.032, or by 1.57% between May 2011 and May 2012.
Rent Information Coordinator Chris Uszler said the process of determining these numbers could be difficult to understand but had his own thoughts on the for 2012 increase.
“At the start of 2011 was when the gas prices were going up, and that’s what I think got caught in the calculation,” Uszler said in an interview with Canyon News.
While it is an annual occurrence, West Hollywood landlords are required to give their tenants a 30-days written notice before applying the rent increase, in accordance with State law. Their tenants must also have lived in the unit for at least 12 months or had their last rent increase more than 12 months prior.
Last year’s adjustment was nearly double the number for this year, at a 2.25% increase for 2011-2012. One of the lowest adjustments since the Rent Stabilization Ordinance was enacted in 1985, was just three years ago at 0.00% for 2009-2010.
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