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Is there rent control for ADU units in California?

In California, rent control laws vary by city or jurisdiction. Some cities in California, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, have rent control laws that apply to accessory dwelling units and other rental properties. Other cities like San Diego and Sacramento do not have rent control laws.

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In cities with rent control laws, landlords must follow specific rules and regulations when setting rent for ADUs. These may include limits on how much rent can be increased yearly, restrictions around evicting tenants, and other requirements.

In cities without rent control laws, landlords are generally free to set rent at any amount agreed upon by the landlord and tenant. However, landlords must still follow state and federal fair housing laws, prohibiting discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and other protected characteristics.

Understanding the rent control laws in your city or jurisdiction is essential when renting out an ADU in California. If you have questions about rent control laws or other landlord-tenant issues, consider consulting with a lawyer or a legal resource center.

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