The California Apartment Association is urging its members to attend the El Cerrito City Council meeting next week, where officials will consider “just cause” eviction policies and other onerous proposals.

The City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, will hold a study session on policies including:

  • Just Cause Eviction Ordinance: limits a landlord’s ability to regain possession of the property or evict problem tenants.
  • Tenant Relocation Fee: forces payment to the tenant of up to five times the market rent if the rent is raised beyond a certain threshold and the tenant moves as a result of the rent increase.
  • Rent Registry: a mandatory requirement for landlords to submit rent and tenant data to the city.

Rhovy Lyn Antonio, CAA’s vice president of public affairs, said it is critical that rental housing owners and operators speak out at the Feb. 19 study session. City council members are expected to give staff direction on these policies based on public input received at the meeting. For more information on attending, contact Antonio at