Mayor Garcetti Announces New Access to Information on L.A.’s Rent-Stabilized Buildings

Properties' rent-stabilization status now available to public online through City’s Zoning Information & Map Access System.

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced new online tools that enable renters to more easily access information about their rights under the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

Now, any member of the public can find out whether a property is rent-stabilized by visiting the City of Los Angeles’ Zoning Information & Map Access System (ZIMAS). Previously, the status was only available via phone; the improved access makes it viewable online in the “Planning & Zoning” section at zimas.lacity.org.

“The Rent Stabilization Ordinance is a powerful tool that protects L.A. renters. It helps to keep rents reasonable as we work to create more affordable housing,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Making these resources available online empowers Angelenos with more information about their rights, and helps us better enforce rent stabilization policies that play a crucial role in the stability of our communities.”

Last year, Mayor Garcetti — along with L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, chair of the Housing Committee — called on the departments of City Planning, and Housing & Community Investment to create online tools to expand access to information about rent stabilization.

The RSO regulates approximately 118,000 properties, most built before 1979, that represent about 85% of L.A.'s rental housing stock.

ZIMAS also now indicates whether a property owner has filed to remove a property from the rental market under the Ellis Act — a State law that allows owners of rent-stabilized properties to leave the rental business, usually resulting in tenant evictions. Units in properties for which an Ellis application has been filed cannot be re-rented for five years unless they comply with replacement provisions of the RSO. This additional Ellis Act flag will help the City and stakeholders better monitor properties that have been removed from the City’s rental stock.

For more information, visit zimas.lacity.org or the Housing & Community Investment Department at hcidla.lacity.org.