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The Chico City Council has postponed action on a “just cause” eviction policy and instead referred the matter to an ad hoc council committee headed by Mayor Randall Stone for further study. No action on the matter is anticipated until after the city holds an all-day affordable housing conference scheduled for Sept. 28.

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The city of Milpitas this week approved a non-binding rent-review program, as well as a requirement that landlords consider tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. The council also scheduled a special meeting to consider an emergency “just cause” eviction proposal.

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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

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This year’s statewide rent-cap bill, including a series of amendments secured by CAA, has now cleared both houses of the California Legislature and will head to the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom. The Assembly, which needed to review amendments to the bill, approved the legislation this afternoon on a 48-26 vote with five abstentions. On Tuesday, the bill passed off the Senate floor on a 25-10 vote with five abstentions. AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation — which comes to about 8% at present — for… Read More

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Over the objections of CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to draft a permanent rent control ordinance for the county’s unincorporated areas. The ordinance is expected to limit annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation, which is now about 3%. Supervisors instructed staff to return with the ordinance by Nov. 12.

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A bill that would cap annual rent increases for much of California’s multifamily housing stock now includes significant amendments secured by the California Apartment Association.   The amendments to AB 1482, among other things, would prevent local governments from making the bill’s rent cap any more restrictive. Moreover, the revisions would improve the legislation’s vacancy decontrol and “just cause” for eviction provisions, while shielding new buildings from the cap for five additional years.    The changes follow weeks of around-the-clock negotiations with the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins and were announced last week after the bill advanced from the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco,… Read More

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The city of Sacramento is rushing to get the procedures, information and staffing in place before its newly approved rent control ordinance takes effect Sept. 12. The new ordinance, officially the Tenant Protections and Relief Act, passed as an urgency measure on Aug. 13, giving city staff only 30 days to put together the program. Because the ordinance was unveiled and passed with short notice, rental owners and property managers have many unanswered questions with less than two weeks before they must comply with the new restrictions on rent increases and evictions.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved a rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance that will affect about 44,000 multifamily rental units in the city. The ordinance, accessible here, only applies to multifamily units built before February 1995, as well as downtown single-room residential hotels and mobile home rentals. Single-family and condo units are exempt, as are units owned, operated or subsidized by a government entity.

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Despite massive turnout in opposition, the Culver City Council voted this week to impose a 12-month cap on rent increases. The ordinance, approved on a 4-1 vote on Monday, took effect immediately. It limits rent adjustments to 3% and brings both eviction controls and a rent registry to the city.

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In response to a CAA-led referendum, the El Cerrito City Council on Wednesday night repealed its “just cause” for eviction ordinance, a move that will prevent a costly election and keep a destructive housing policy off the books.   The decision came on a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto dissenting. The council initially passed the just cause eviction law in May on a 3-2 vote. CAA immediately sponsored a referendum to overturn the decision and collected nearly 2,000 signatures from El Cerrito registered voters to do so. It is commonly known that just cause makes it more difficult to evict… Read More

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