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Los Angeles Apartment Association Sues City Over Rent-Freeze Ordinance

Group Wants State Superior Court To Prohibit Municipality From Enforcing Law

Rent-Freeze Ordinance

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles wants a court to prohobit the city from enforcing its freeze on rents in rent-stabilized apartments. (Zach Lipp/CoStar)

By Jack Witthaus

CoStar News

July 25, 2023 | 8:43 AM

A Los Angeles apartment advocacy group is suing the city as part of an effort to upend a rent freeze placed on certain multifamily units.

The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles filed a lawsuit against a city ordinance that prohibits rental property owners from increasing rents on rent-stabilized units, according to a statement by AAGLA.

The rent freeze ordinance is in effect until February 2024 or roughly four years after the city halted rent increases on rent-stabilized units. The city froze rents in March 2020 as part of an emergency declaration related to the pandemic.

The apartment association is seeking an order from the California Superior Court to nullify the ordinance and prohibit the city from enforcing it right away.

The lawsuit is separate from two other suits the organization filed over residential renter protection ordinances and the mansion tax. Those lawsuits are pending.


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