An appeals court has upheld the legality of a 2007 City of Los Angeles ordinance, which to the chagrin of the Apartment Association of Los Angeles County enforces rent-control regulations on multi-family units constructed on land where the demolition of a rent-controlled building had occurred within the preceding five years.

The apartment association argued that the new ordinance "impliedly repealed" a 1995 law called the Costa-Hawkins Act, which exempted newly constructed buildings from local rent control ordinances...

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