Historic Preservation and Mills Act

California Government Code Sections 50280-50290 [Mills Act] represent legislation enabling local governments to voluntarily establish, implement and manage their historic preservation program by incentivizing the private ownership, maintenance and preservation of qualified historical properties through reduced property taxes.

The City uses the Mills Act as a tool for historic preservation. A Qualified Historical Property must be privately owned and not exempt from property taxation; and, it must be listed on any federal, state, county, city or city and county’s official register of historical or architecturally significant sites, places or landmarks.

The property owner benefits by receiving property tax savings. This can be as much as 40% to 60% of their pre-Mills Act contract tax rate. The cost to maintain a qualified historical property is reduced by leveraging property tax savings; and, all Mills Act contract benefits are transferable if the qualified historical property is sold.

To benefit, the property owner must establish landmark designation for their property (if designation does not already exist); commit to a minimum ten (10) year Mills Act contract; identify all proposed work to be completed to their property under the Mills Act contract; record the executed Mills Act contract with the county recorder; implement the work provisions contained in the contract following the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Standards and the State Historic Building Code; and permit reoccurring (five-year) inspections to the interior and exterior of their premises.

Mills Act Contract(MAC) Application

(List of Historical Architects)

If the property owner decides not to renew their Mills Act contract, a written 90-day notice of non-renewal must be given to the local legislative government and the contract expires ten (10) years later. The owner may have to pay a 12.5% penalty of the current fair market value of their property if the Mills Act contract is canceled by the City due to breach of contract or because the site is no longer a qualified historical property.

For more information, visit the California Office of Historic Preservation site and the California Board of Equalization.

Fair Housing

Fair Housing means you have the right to live where you choose without fear of discrimination based on your characteristics.

The fair housing laws cover most types of dwellings, including apartments, houses, duplexes, condominiums, mobile home parks, residential motels and emergency shelters.

The Federal and State fair housing laws prohibit discrimination based on the following protected characteristics:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • National Origin
  • Familial Status (*Families with children under 18 yrs. old)
  • Physical and/or Mental Disability
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital Status
  • Ancestry
  • Age
  • Source of Income
  • Or Other Arbitrary Basis

Additionally, the Ralph Act (§51.7 of the California Civil Code) prohibits violence or intimidation by threat of violence based on the personal characteristics listed above.

Common examples of housing discrimination can include:

  • Refusing to rent or sell housing to someone because of their race
  • Prohibiting children from being outside in common areas
  • Refusing to do timely repairs for tenants of a particular nationality
  • Utilizing advertisements that express or suggest a preference, such as “ideal for single, working professionals” or “Jewish only.”
  • Refusing to rent a second-floor unit to a family with children
  • Refusing to allow a tenant with disabilities to modify his or her unit or common areas
  • Harassing a tenant based on his or her sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression

If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination or would like to obtain additional information about the federal and state fair housing laws, please contact the Housing Rights Center (HRC).

HRC is contracted with the County of Los Angeles to provide residents with free services including (1) landlord-tenant counseling, (2) outreach and education, (3) litigation and advocacy and (4) discrimination complaint investigation.

Toll-Free (800) 477 – 5977
TTY-Hearing Impaired- (213) 201-0867

3255 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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