Department Services & Responsibilities

OVERVIEW

The Rent Stabilization Department was created in December 2023 to support the Pasadena Rental Housing Board to regulate rent increases on certain rental properties in the city, provide eviction protections, and carry out the other duties set forth in the Pasadena Fair & Equitable Housing Charter Amendment (Charter Amendment) approved by Pasadena votes in November 2022.

Department Services & Responsibilities

  • Enforcing rent stabilization laws
    Implementing policies and procedures to prevent unfair rent increases, eviction, and other habitability violations while ensuring rental-property owners receive a fair return on investment in accordance with the Charter Amendment.
  • Assisting tenants and landlords
    Provide counseling and guidance to empower tenants and landlords to understand their rights and responsibilities and navigate PRHB processes for petitions, hearings and accessing other city services.
  • Collecting and analyzing data 
    Comprehensive data on rents, housing availability, and other data to inform policy decisions, and enforce regulations.
  • Engaging in community outreach and education
    Collaborative initiatives with community organizations will educate tenants and landlords about their rights and responsibilities under Pasadena's rent stabilization law (Charter Article XVIII).
  • Support the Pasadena Rental Housing Board to fulfill its policy development functions, processes and facilitate public meetings. 

Implementation Plan

Since the creation of the department in mid-December 2023, the department remains focused on establishing its operations and advancing initiatives that will bring services online as soon as possible to effectively serve the Pasadena community.

The key initiatives of the department through the remainder of the current fiscal year (June 30, 2024) are as follows:

  1. Establishing the Rent Stabilization Department
  2. Implementing the Rental Registry Database
  3. Enhancing Outreach and Education
  4. Supporting the Board and Policy Development

View the current six-month work plan chart for the current status of key initiatives: