El Cerrito delays vote on just cause, other policies, but issues coming back

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After hearing from CAA, the El Cerrito City Council this month postponed a scheduled vote on several rental housing-related proposals, including “just cause” eviction policies.

In addition to just cause, the council’s agenda on Jan. 15 included an onerous change to the city’s relocation assistance policy, minimum-lease requirements and termination-of-tenancy requirements.

The decision to postpone voting on these policies came after the council received staff presentations and heard the testimony of concerned stakeholders, including the California Apartment Association.

Under one of the proposals, the city’s relocation-assistance policy would be triggered when tenants reject rent increases of 20 percent or more. The relocation-assistance ordinance was originally approved only to take effect when tenants are displaced because of a property’s redevelopment or change of use.

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