The Chico City Council this week declined to pursue an ordinance that would place restrictions on terminating tenancies and force owners to pay relocation fees.

On Tuesday, Chico Councilwoman Ann Schwabe made a motion to place the issue on a future agenda, but it failed to generate support from fellow council members.

Members of the California Apartment Association in Chico joined a broad coalition of rental owners, property managers, Realtors, and homebuilders that flooded council members with emails and phone calls voicing opposition.

Following the Camp Fire disaster in nearby Paradise, Chico saw a spike in home prices and sales during December. Some owners of single-family rentals took the opportunity to sell their properties and, in the process, displaced tenants.

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