September 5, 2019 — A Santa Monica lawmaker’s bill that attempts to close loopholes in the Ellis Act was approved by the California Assembly Wednesday and is expected to be signed by the Governor into law.

AB 1399, sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, places conditions and restrictions on landlords who evict tenants in order to exit the rental market under the 1985 Ellis Act.

Under the bill, owners who remove their units under the Ellis Act can no longer pay the displaced tenants “liquidated damages in lieu of offering them the opportunity to re-rent their former unit,” Bloom’s office said.

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