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An urgency “just cause” ordinance that would have placed immediate restrictions on tenancy terminations has failed to get the required supermajority vote of the Vallejo City Council. On Tuesday, only four of the seven council members voted for the measure, and five votes are needed to pass any urgency ordinance that takes effect immediately. Instead, the City Council voted to leave in place an existing local proclamation of emergency that caps any rent increases in Vallejo at 10%, but only through Dec. 31, 2019. That’s because beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the rent cap and “just cause” tenancy termination restrictions under… Read More
Thanks to the efforts of the California Apartment Association, a proposal to implement a permanent “just cause” for eviction ordinance, and impose it at the beginning of tenancies, failed to move forward Tuesday. The proposal would have gone further than AB 1482, the upcoming state law that applies its just-cause provisions only after tenants have been in place for a fixed amount of time. After hearing from CAA members, the council opted to adopt a temporary just-cause stopgap measure until AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1. Unlike the permanent proposal, the stopgap measure will expire at the end of this… Read More
Several more California cities this week, including Long Beach and Pasadena, rushed to pass urgency ordinances aimed at preventing no-cause evictions until the state implements Assembly Bill 1482. The stopgap ordinances target 60-day eviction notices already pending and set to terminate tenancies before Jan. 1, the day that AB 1482 takes effect and implements a statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction policies. Oct. 31 was the last day that California landlords could issue a 60-day notice.
An urgency ordinance preventing termination of tenancies without cause in Sacramento County failed to muster enough votes to pass. The ordinance was intended to stop rental owners from ending tenancies in order to avoid rolling back rents or being stuck with below market rents once a new state law, Assembly Bill 1482, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Similar ordinances were recently passed in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Los Angeles and Milpitas. The ordinance was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna after several residents of Bell Oaks Apartments, with the support of tenant-advocacy organizations, demanded that the Board of Supervisors… Read More
The Inglewood City Council has decided to make its cap on rent increases even more draconian. Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the council Tuesday voted unanimously to lower the city’s annual cap on rent increases to 3% — two percentage points lower than the 5% interim rent cap adopted earlier this year. The rent control ordinance green-lighted this week, dubbed the Housing Protection Initiative, is scheduled to sunset in five years. The City Council still must formalize approval of the ordinance with a second reading expected in 30 days.
Several more cities this week approved stopgap ordinances to begin enforcing elements of Assembly Bill 1482 before the statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law takes effect Jan. 1. On Monday, the municipalities of Redwood City and Daly City, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, approved measures that prohibit no-cause evictions on housing that will be covered by AB 1482, the newly approved statewide rent-cap legislation. In Southern California, the city of Bell Gardens also approved a stopgap measure Monday. On Tuesday, the city of Santa Cruz on the Central Coast adopted an urgency just-cause measure during a special council meeting. While this ordinance mirrors the just cause… Read More
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance intended to prevent no-cause evictions until AB 1482 takes effect, a move that several other California jurisdictions are also considering. The Los Angeles ordinance is intended as a stopgap until the Jan. 1 implementation of AB 1482, the newly signed statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the temporary legislation Tuesday afternoon.
The city of Sacramento announced the initial rent cap under the Tenant Protection and Relief Act, a new ordinance that limits rent increases and provides “just cause” tenancy protections. Effective Sept. 12, 2019, the maximum annual rent adjustment for an existing tenancy cannot exceed 8.5% within a 12-month period. The new ordinance limits rent increases to 6% plus the annual Consumer Price Index. According to city staff, the CPI used to calculate the rent cap was 2.5%. The allowed annual increase is calculated based upon the base rent, which is the monthly rent in effect on July 1, 2019, for tenancies commencing on or before Sept.12. For tenancies beginning after that date, the initial base rent is the monthly… Read More