Rent Increases

Under AB1482 all cities in California are subject to Statewide Rent Control. If your property is subject to this statute, AB 1482 prohibits landlords from increasing the rent by more than 5% plus “the percentage change in the cost of living” (CPI) over any 12-month period, not to exceed 10%.

Under AB 1482, CPI is defined to mean the percentage change from April 1st of the prior year to April 1st of the current year in the regional Consumer Price Index for the region where the residential rental property is located, as published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, if there is not an amount published in April for the applicable geographic area, the percentage change shall be the percentage change in the amount published for March of that calendar year and March of the immediately preceding calendar year. San Diego is such an area where this is true.

San Diego County

In San Diego County, the percentage change in CPI for 2022 is 7.9%. If you add this 7.9% to the 5% allowed, you would assume a 12.9% increase is permitted. 

However, under AB 1482, the rent increase cannot exceed 10%. Therefore, the increase for 2022 is 10%.  A 30-day increase notice can be served to initiate this rent increase.

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