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Tenant advocates are trying to force Mountain View landlords to refund considerable amounts of rent money collected for the period during which a court-ordered postponement of the city’s rent control law was in effect. The tenants coalition in Mountain View is pushing the city’s Rental Housing Committee to publicize Dec. 23 as the effective date of Measure V, the rent control law approved by voters in the November 2016 election. The California Apartment Association contends that April 5 is the true effective date, as reflected in a court order. Tenants are expected to make their case for the earlier effective… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

In a victory for the apartment industry, the Fremont City Council on Tuesday opted against using rent control or just-cause eviction policies to address rising rents. Instead, the council opted to focus on improving its current non-binding rent mediation program. City staff will report back in September with options to enhance the program. The council gave this direction after hearing a consultant’s report on options for addressing the rising costs of rental housing. About 40 representatives of the rental housing industry spoke at the meeting, responding to calls from the Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County, a chapter of… Read More

Tagged: Rental Housing Assn. of Alameda

The Fremont City Council on Tuesday will hear a consultant’s report and staff recommendations on rent control and other policy options for addressing rising rents in the city. The Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County, a chapter of CAA, is urging its members to attend the meeting and speak out against the draconian, unnecessary policies being considered. In addition to rent control, the consultant’s report examines “just cause” eviction policies and possible revisions to the city’s existing rent mediation program. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11 at City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. Following recommendations from city… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is mobilizing its members to fight yet another push for stricter rent control in San Jose. A year after the city lowered its annual cap on rent increases from 8 percent to 5 percent, staff has recommended scrapping the percentage-based cap for a formula based on the rate of inflation. This is the type of formula used in San Francisco. The city’s housing staff will discuss this proposal and other possible changes to the city’s rent control law, as well as its newly adopted “just cause” eviction ordinance, during a trio of community meetings this month.… Read More

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More than six months of rent control is coming to an end in the city of Sebastopol. The city, which has capped annual rent increases at 3 percent since Nov. 1, will allow its rent moratorium to expire by the end of today, June 16. This past Monday, Sebastopol’s housing subcommittee indicated the city would forgo another extention of its temporary rent control law. That decision came roughly one week after voters in Santa Rosa, just a few miles east of Sebastopol, rejected rent control at the ballot box. The defeat of Measure C may have given elected officials in… Read More

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Instead of imposing rent control or just-cause policies, the city of  South Pasadena will work on strengthening its mediation program for landlord-tenant disputes. The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt this more sensible approach to handling renter grievances, following a recommendation from the city’s  Ad Hoc Committee on Rent Stabilization.

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After a strong grassroots campaign by the California Apartment Association and its allies, Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause eviction measure went down in defeat Tuesday. The people of Santa Rosa rejected Measure C with 52.5 percent of the vote, compared with 47.5 percent in favor of rent control. “Voters understood that Measure C would have come at high costs while assisting only a fraction of the population,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California. “Now, Santa Rosa can focus on the real solution to its housing crisis — building more homes.” Measure C threatened to roll… Read More

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A CAA-backed petition bearing the signatures of over 3,500 Pacifica voters has prevented a temporary rent control measure from taking effect this month. The petition, submitted to the city clerk Monday, seeks to repeal an interim ordinance that would have implemented rent and eviction controls from May 24 until November 2017. The City Council approved the interim ordinance in April, hoping to curtail rent increases leading up to the November election, which will include a ballot measure on permanent rent control. The grass-roots effort for a referendum on the interim ordinance included volunteer work and other resources from the California… Read More

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On the heels of a pro-rent control march in East Los Angeles, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week voted to examine tenant protection policies for the nation’s most populous county. The board Tuesday directed staff to conduct research that includes an analysis of the rental market, an inventory of local stakeholders and the identification of best practices for tenant safeguards, both in California and elsewhere. Supervisors will then appoint a working group who will have 180 days to make policy recommendations. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Shiela Kuehl coauthored the motion for the study and working group. “Countless residents… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

The Pacifica City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to place rent control and just-cause eviction policies on the November ballot. The ballot measure would: Cap rent increases at 3.4 percent annually. Implement eviction controls mirroring San Francisco’s just-cause eviction policy. Establish a seven-member rental housing commission with the power to set rents, recommend rules and regulations, and levy fees. “CAA unequivocally opposes the ballot measure and will assist in informing voters of the harmful ramifications of adopting policies that would put the city’s rental housing stock and its residents at risk,” said Rhovy Lyn Antonio, vice president of public affairs… Read More

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