The ordinance was designed to shield tenants from unreasonable rent increases while permitting the property owners to receive sufficient rent to maintain their rental units as well as receive a reasonable return on their investment.
In addition, the ordinance requires that a tenant receive a written notice of a rent increase at least thirty (30) days prior to the actual effective date of the increase if the increase is ten percent (10%) or less. If the rent increase is greater than ten percent (10%), the ordinance requires that a tenant receive a written notice of a rent increase at least sixty (60) days prior to the actual effective date of the increase. Mobile Home Park tenants must receive a ninety (90) day notice. All rent increases must also include a notice to the tenant of their right to mediation/hearing and that the tenant has ten (10) business days following receipt of the notice to file a mediation petition with the City in order to exercise their rights under Chapter 14 .04 of the Gardena Municipal Code.