Posted Dec. 28, 2015, 9:05 am
Rents decreased substantially for 75 low-income senior households just in time for the holidays, thanks to the City of Santa Monica, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Goldrich & Kest Industries, LLC (G&K) and Shapell Properties, Inc.
Posted Nov. 25, 2015, 8:57 am
Mayor McKeown, Last spring, the Santa Monica City Council made headlines when it banned the short term rental of a full unit or house for less than 30 days. Now, last month, the council voted unanimously to amend the equally draconian 2004 prohibition of corporate rentals with a ban on advertising them. Is this short sighted? What could be next?
Posted Nov. 10, 2015, 10:18 am
The Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Rent Control Agency will host a free forum on landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities.
Posted Oct. 24, 2015, 8:06 am
Even though it may be difficult to imagine with the current weather conditions, the coming winter season has been forecasted to be one of heavy and long-lasting rains. While of course that will be a refreshing change from the lengthy drought we have endured the past several years, it will undoubtedly result in many challenges for local homeowners – especially those who have not prepared for possibly record-breaking amounts of water on and around their property.
Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:39 am
Santa Monica is one of the most desirable places in the world to live. The beautiful beach, world-famous Pier, fabulous restaurants and spectacular sunsets – it all combines to make this area unique and special.
Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 9:43 am
Mortgage banking firm Quantum Capital Partners has secured $14.5 million in financing for a local investor operating as 4th Street, LLC and 5th Street, LLC.
Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:03 am
He walked a couple of steps from his bed to the refrigerator, stepping over an acoustic guitar that lay on the floor. The refrigerator was crowded, a couple of half empty milk cartons, various Trader Joe’s salads, and pots of beans, rice, and some vegan dishes. He stretched his arm into the back of the refrigerator and, after a moment, found his carton of milk. He examined the expiration date. Satisfied, he poured the milk into a bowl and followed by some granola.
Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:55 am
Santa Monica Rent Control Board chair Christopher Walton announced at the board's May 14 meeting that the 2015 annual general adjustment percentage will be 0.4 percent, based on the application of the formula set forth in the City Charter.
Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:49 am
Dressed in bright shirts and waving picket signs, a group of housing advocates held a rally Tuesday morning in Santa Monica outside the offices of private equity company Blackstone.
Posted May. 20, 2015, 10:00 am
The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will host Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane, and Sarah Letts, Director of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, at its meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.
Posted May. 13, 2015, 9:06 am
The Santa Monica City Council has passed some of the region’s toughest regulations on the booming short-term rental industry.
Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am
An ordinance prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income passed on Tuesday at Santa Monica City Council with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote with all members present.
Posted May. 1, 2015, 8:46 am
Santa Monica has taken a monumental step towards protecting housing stock in the city, banning short-term vacation home rentals across the board and taxing home-sharers.
Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:36 am
Dear Editor, Santa Monica always has been in the forefront of protecting and producing affordable homes. When Santa Monica passed its landmark rent control law on April 10, 1979, we took a bold step to preserve affordable housing for seniors, families and others. In 1990, when we passed Measure R, we codified our commitment by mandating that 30 percent of all new housing be affordable.
Posted Mar. 9, 2015, 9:59 am
A lawsuit was filed today against a Santa Monica apartment building landlord and the property managers at 918 7th Street for allegedly taking away the parking spaces of two tenants with disabilities.
Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:23 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock discusses the creation of a possible historic preservation district for courtyard and garden housing on San Vicente Blvd. in Santa Monica.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 7:23 am
The remaining two residents living at Palihouse Santa Monica, formerly Embassy Hotel Apartments, are set to be evicted in May. The legality of such a process is under the spotlight after stark revelations reveal that the sudden classification of the building from multi-family residential to hotel, is dubious.
Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:43 am
A long-term low-rent Santa Monica tenant has won a David vs. Goliath case against a local landlord attempting to evict him on breach of his 1991 rental contract.
Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:14 am
Recent outcries from angry neighbors surrounding the now boutique hotel Palihouse at 1001 3rd Street are raising serious questions in Santa Monica. With a surge in all-night noise, street parking, and outdoor parties, how did the residentially located apartment building become a fully operational hotel in mid-2013?
Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 8:57 am
The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will hold a Commission Retreat from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am
More than $40 million in subsidies are available for Inglewood residents near Los Angeles International Airport who want to soundproof their homes, city officials and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 am
Despite extensive neighborhood protest, a development for 10 residential units at the site of 802 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, got the go-ahead Monday, with the design, colors, materials and landscape plans passed by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:36 am
With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.
Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 8:36 am
Thousands of Southern California Edison customers in the Southland lost power early today.
Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 10:02 am
The Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Rent Control Agency will host a free forum on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities.