Notices to Terminate Tenancy Must Be Filed with LAHD

Notices to terminate a tenancy in the city of LA must also be filed with the LAHD within three business days after serving the tenant.

I’ve been talking a lot about new laws in the city of Los Angeles that really harm landlords. These new LA city rules include imposing just cause eviction restrictions on properties that have historically been exempt from rent control, forcing landlords to pay tenants who decide to move after receiving certain rent increase notices, and disallowing non-payment of rent evictions until a tenant owes more than one month of the fair market rent.

This article will focus on yet another new requirement imposed on landlords in the city of LA. When serving a notice of termination of tenancy on a tenant (for example, a 3 day notice, 30 day notice, 60 day notice, etc.), landlords must also provide a copy of the notice of termination of tenancy to the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD). This new rule was created as a result of Ordinance 187737.

Los Angeles Municipal Code section 165.05(B)(5) reads:

(5) A copy of any written notice terminating a tenancy shall be filed with the Department within three business days of service on the tenant.

LAMC 165.05(B)(5)

This also applies to properties subject to the traditional LARSO. In other words, almost all residential landlords in the city of LA must now provide a copy of a notice to terminate tenancy to the LAHD and this must be done within three business days of service on the tenant.

LAHD has created an informational page that discusses the new obligation to submit a copy of the termination of tenancy notice on the tenant. Notices to terminate tenancy in Los Angeles can be submitted to the LAHD here. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded here [pdf] and then mailed to the city.

FAQ on the Requirement to Provide the LAHD with the Notice of Termination of Tenancy

Must a landlord in the city of Los Angeles submit a copy of any notice to terminate tenancy to the LAHD?

Yes. Landlords in the city of LA who are subject to the JCO or the RSO must submit a copy of any notice to terminate tenancy in Los Angeles to the LAHD.

How can a landlord submit a copy of a notice to terminate a tenancy to the LAHD in Los Angeles?

The LAHD allows landlords in the city of LA to upload a copy of the notice to terminate tenancy here. Or, the form can be downloaded here [pdf] and then mailed to the city.

How long does a landlord have to provide a copy of the notice of termination of tenancy to the LAHD?

Three business days after serving the tenant.

What are the penalties if a landlord in the city of Los Angeles fails to submit a copy of the notice of termination of tenancy to the LAHD within three business days after serving a copy of the notice on the tenant?

The failure to provide a copy of the notice of termination of tenancy to the LAHD serves as an affirmative defense that a tenant may raise to fight against the eviction. It can also be a misdemeanor.

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Disclaimer

The information in this article and blog are not meant to be legal advice and is intended for educational purposes only. The laws change frequently and this article may not be updated to reflect current rules. Do not rely on this article when making legal decisions. Consult with legal counsel regarding your particular case before taking any action. It is important for landlords to understand what jurisdiction the rental property is located in, and whether or not there are any special tenant protections or rent control applicable to the property.

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This article is courtesy of the Law Office of David Piotrowski, a California law firm representing landlords with eviction matters.

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