SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica announced in a press release on Wednesday, November 29 that they will be holding workshops for tenants and landlords in December. On Tuesday, December 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office, the Rent Control Agency, and the Code Enforcement Division will host the annual Landlord/Tenant Forum at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building, Workshop Room No. 3.

For 2023, the event will be held in person and will be recorded and made available for viewing on the city’s YouTube channel after the event ends.

The workshops are open to all Santa Monica residential landlords, tenants, property managers and service providers. Topics discussed will include:

-Basic information for new Santa Monica owners of rent-controlled properties
-Source of income anti-discrimination laws
-Rules for repayment of outstanding COVID-19 rental debt
-Mold and excessive moisture requirements from the new property maintenance code
-Updates of Rent Control’s CIVICS portal
-ADU regulations and tenant rights

Registration is required to attend the workshops and a Q&A will transpire after each presentation.

In addition, the Rent Control Agency will host a Spanish-language seminar on Wednesday, December 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park’s Thelma Terry Building.

The workshop is for Santa Monica tenants to learn about services and resources available through the Rent Control Agency, such as details about how rent and amenities are determined, protections against eviction, and remedies available for issues related to excess rent, amenities and maintenance. The seminar is free and open to the public. A similar seminar for tenants in English is planned for the spring.

For more details and for a description of the event in Spanish, visit or call the Rent Control Agency at (310) 458-8751.