Despite statewide legislation that already addresses rent caps and eviction guidelines, the Concord City Council is set to revisit these issues on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The move to reconsider a local rent control and “just cause” for eviction ordinance comes more than two years after the council opted against implementing the policies.

California’s AB 1482, also known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, already imposes limits on rent increases and provides a list of acceptable reasons for terminating a tenancy. The law aims to balance the interests of both tenants and housing providers at the state level, making additional local legislation redundant.

Earlier this summer, Concord solicited opinions from property owners through a survey designed to collect feedback on potential rent control regulations. Notably missing from the survey was any query about whether housing providers support the establishment of these proposed policies. The results of the survey are expected to be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting.

At the time of this article’s publication, neither the agenda nor the staff reports for the meeting had been released to the public. Considering that Monday is a national holiday, the failure to publish the materials earlier leaves little time for review by Concord’s rental housing providers and the public at large.

The California Apartment Association has scrutinized Concord’s own rent registry report, revealing that the rate of rent increases in the city falls below the state-imposed cap. Furthermore, data shows a significant decline in owner-initiated tenancy terminations from 2021 to 2022. These figures suggest that the existing state legislation is effective and calls into question the need for more restrictive local laws.

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