Single family homes and rent control

Have been seeing a lot of searches coming through from owners of single family homes currently being used as rentals in Los Angeles.

Want to clear up some confusion: If you own a single family home on its own lot, your property is not covered by the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance (rent control).

That doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want to the tenants. Obviously, the terms of any lease that you signed apply. And there are also some basic tenant protections in California state law (as distinct from city law). You can find more details regarding these state-wide protections in the pdf here.

But, bottom line, owners of single family rentals have a LOT more flexibility than owners of multifamily properties here in LA. And that makes sense, right? If you own a home, you ought to be able to kick people out of it if you feel like it.