CAA petition puts brakes on Richmond rent control
Thanks to a referendum backed by the California Apartment Association and its supporters, rent control in Richmond is on hold.
Today, CAA, on behalf of thousands of local property owners and concerned citizens, submitted 7,025 signatures to Richmond’s city clerk.
The referendum asks voters to repeal a rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinance approved by the City Council on Aug. 5. The referendum also postpones implementation of the ordinance, which had been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4.
The City Council can now either repeal the ordinance or send the issue to voters. If the council chooses the latter, the referendum will appear on the next municipal election, currently scheduled for the November 2016 ballot.
“Rent control has long-lasting, negative impacts on communities,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of CAA. “That’s one reason no other city in California has approved rent control in decades.
“Despite the magnitude of this decision, a bloc of the City Council fast-tracked its approval. This referendum, however, will provide more time for city officials, property owners and residents to thoroughly discuss what rent control and just cause eviction would mean for the future of Richmond.”
Bannon elaborated on this point during an interview with the Contra Costa Times on Thursday, shortly after CAA submitted the petition signatures.
“Rent control has been a failed public policy and doesn’t do what it’s intended to do,” Bannon told The Times. “No economic analysis on the impacts of rent control was ever done. This will give everybody more time to look at the short- and long-term implications.”
Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay, speaking with Mayor Tom Butt during a council meeting this summer, says his staff recommended an economic analysis on how rent control would affect Richmond but never got direction from the council to carry out such a study.
- Apartment Association files petition to repeal Richmond rent control (Bay City News, Sept. 3)
- Richmond: Rent control foes submit more than 7,000 signatures by deadline (Contra Costa Times, Sept. 3)
- Richmond rent control formally approved (CAA, Aug. 6,)
- Update: Richmond landlords could share rent control fees with tenants (CAA, Aug. 3)
- Richmond: Tenants to pay 40% of fees from rent control, council rules (Contra Costa Times, Aug. 1)
- Richmond rent control could now take effect sooner (CAA, July 30)
- Rent control stalls in Richmond, at least for now (San Francisco Chronicle, July 30)
- Richmond: Council slowed by bickering over new rent control ordinance (Contra Costa Times, July 29)
- Call to action: Help stop rent control in Richmond (CAA, July 10)
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