Rent Control Overview

Are you a tenant or landlord in Pasadena navigating the new rent control laws? Whether you need clarity on your rights, responsibilities, or simply want to understand the changes, this website is your one-stop resource.

WHAT'S NEW?

In December 2022, Measure H, the Pasadena Fair & Equitable Housing Charter Amendment, was approved by voters, implementing new rent control regulations within the city.

WHO IS COVERED?

The new rent control laws apply to multi-unit residential rental properties built before February 1, 1995.

There may be some rare exceptions.  If your unit was constructed between 1995 and 2007, you might be protected by State Tenant Protection Act.

WHO IS NOT COVERED?

  • Residential rental units built after February 1, 1995.
  • Hospitals, medical facilities, treatment/recovery programs, educational dorms, convents, and nursing homes.
  • Condominiums and single-family homes
  • Subsidized units owned by a government agency or by a nonprofit and subsidized by tax credits.

WHAT IS THE LEGAL RENT?

The legal rent, known as Base Rent, will be determined as follows:

  • For tenancies commencing on or before May 17, 2021: the new base rent (the starting point for rent increase calculations) is the rent in effect on that date. Before imposing any rent increase, rents must be rolled back to the rent in effect on May 17, 2021.
  • For tenancies commencing after May 17, 2021, the base rent is the initial rent paid by the tenant.

HOW MUCH CAN RENT BE LEGALLY RAISED?

  • 2.75% is the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) effective October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024
  • Landlords may only increase rents once every 12 months, with a written 30-day notice.
  • Landlords are prohibited from raising the rent under specific circumstances, such as when there are significant habitability issues.

RENT ROLLBACK

Any covered tenant whose rent was increased beyond the legal limits since May 17, 2021 is eligible for a rent rollback.

See more information contained in the Tenant Request for Rent Rollback Form

See the Notice of Rent Withholding, which tenants can use to notify landlord of their intent to withhold rent overpayments due to the owner's failure to comply with the Rent Rollback requirements of the Charter Amendment.

ALLOWABLE RENT INCREASES BETWEEN MAY 17, 2021 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2023

  • Tenancies commencing on or before May 17, 2021, the maximum allowable rent increase is 6.0% through September 30, 2023.
  • Tenancies commencing after May 17, 2021, the allowable annual rent increase is based on the move-in date through September 30, 2023.
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2021Jun
5.5%
Jul
5.5%
Aug
5.0%
Sep
4.75%
Oct
4.0%
Nov
3.5%
Dec
3.25%
2022Jan
2.25%
Feb
2.0%
Mar
1.0%
Apr
0.5%
  • Tenancies commencing after May 17, 2022, no rent increase is allowed through September 30, 2023.

Special Note:  Any rent increase after October 1, 2023 may not exceed 2.75%, the approved Annual General Adjustment (AGA).  Any deferred or banked increases that were previously approved but never implemented cannot be combined with the AGA to justify a higher rent increase. In simpler terms, landlords cannot add any past approved increases to the annual 2.75% limit.

FIND YOUR ANSWERS

We understand navigating new regulations can be confusing. This website offers various resources to help you:

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