View the LA City Boundary Map. If your two more unit property is within the boundaries of LA City and built before 1978 then you are subject to Los Angeles rent control. One thing you will notice from the map, is that there is no rhyme or reason to the shape of the city. I think its shape looks like a drum stick. Cities were annexed into the city of Los Angeles piece meal over the last 100 years. Review the boundary map to determine whether the subject property is within the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles.
Notable exclusions to the city of Los Angeles on the Westside are: Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, and West Hollywood. These are separate municipalities and have their own rent control laws. (Santa Monica has one of the strictest rent control laws in the country, Beverly Hills has one of the most lenient, Culver City has no rent control).Unincorporated area of Los Angeles are part of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County has no rent control.
Burbank and Glendale are both separate municipalities.
Los Angeles boundary Map not accurate enough? Expert tip: Log onto the Los Angeles GIS system know as Zimas http://www.zimas.lacity.org/ and type in the property address. If a no results screen comes up in Zimas, it is not in the city of LA. Every property in the city of LA is in Zimas Database.