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Members of the California Apartment Association on Tuesday urged the Santa Cruz City Council to steer clear of rent control in its efforts to address the city’s housing crisis. Rent control was among numerous policy options presented to the council in a staff report called “Santa Cruz Voices on Housing: Fall 2017 Community Engagement Report.” While the inclusion of rent control in the report raised concerns at CAA, other ideas in the report appear favorable, such as encouraging the development of granny units and placing a housing bond on an upcoming ballot. After hours of testimony, the council decided to… Read More

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Tenant advocates in Pasadena have filed preliminary paperwork to place rent control on an upcoming city ballot. In addition to rent control, the proposed initiative would seek just-cause eviction policies in Pasadena and the establishment of a rent board. Supporters of the measure filed their paperwork with the city Wednesday. It includes a notice to circulate the petition, as well as a 36-page document titled “The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment,” Pasadena Now reported. The proposed charter amendment would base rent control on the rate of inflation, or the consumer price index, a particularly draconian form of rent… Read More

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After hours of debate, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to begin basing its annual rent cap on the rate of inflation. At the urging of CAA, the council instead voted 6-5 to maintain the city’s current 5 percent limit on annual rent increases. The California Apartment Association attended Tuesday’s meeting in force, with members speaking against the proposal to base rent control on the Consumer Price Index. The CPI is now about 3.4 percent but fluctuates. The city’s 5 percent cap, on the other hand, provides a fixed, predictable limit, making it easier for owners… Read More

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An effort to place rent control before voters in Long Beach has already hit a snag. Last week, tenant advocates filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The Long Beach city attorney, however, deemed the “Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition” to be incomplete, as it lacked the written text of the proposed initiative, which is required under the election code. The organization that filed the paperwork, Housing Long Beach, will have an opportunity to file the notice again. While the notice lacked the wording of the ordinance, the tenant advocates are clearly… Read More

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Tenant advocates in Long Beach have launched a campaign to place a rent control measure before voters next year. On Wednesday morning, a representative from Housing Long Beach filed preliminary paperwork to qualify a rent control initiative for the November 2018 ballot. The ballot measure will call for rent control, just-cause eviction policies and the formation of a rent board. The California Apartment Association, which opposes rent control in all forms, will lead a coalition to defeat this effort. To qualify the initiative, tenant activists will need to collect more than 26,000 valid voter signatures. Activists cannot begin the signature-gathering… Read More

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Pacifica voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have enacted both rent control and eviction controls on multifamily housing in the city. Measure C went down in defeat, with 62.03 percent of the vote cast against the proposal. This marks the third time a rent control ballot measure has been resoundingly defeated in San Mateo County. Last year, voters of San Mateo and Burlingame overwhelmingly rejected rent control. CAA is pleased that voters have rejected a law that would have been disastrous for the city. If implemented, the program would have cost Pacifica nearly $2… Read More

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After hearing from CAA, the city of Anaheim’s Homeless Policy Working Group removed rent control as a possible solution to end homelessness. During public comment Nov. 3, CAA addressed the Working Group about the ill-effects of rent control and the negative consequences that such a policy would bring. CAA explained that rent control would shut down future housing developments and artificially increase demand for current market rate apartments, pushing rents higher, ultimately putting more people on the street.  CAA urged the Working Group – made up of members who serve on the City Council – to focus on increasing supply… Read More

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The San Jose City Council next month will vote whether to lower its annual cap on rent increases for the second time in less than two years. At its Tuesday, Nov. 14 meeting, the council will consider switching to a rent control formula based on the rate of inflation, or the Consumer Price Index. The CPI is now about 3.4 percent. The potential move comes after the City Council in spring 2016 voted to lower its annual limit on rent increases from 8 percent to 5 percent. While CAA opposes all forms of rent control, CPI is a particularly draconian… Read More

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A statewide ballot initiative filed Monday, Oct. 23, seeks to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that protects property owners and renters from radical, local rent control measures. For over 20 years, the Costa-Hawkins Act has prohibited local governments from regulating the price of rents on rental units built after 1995. Costa-Hawkins also prohibits a local government from regulating rents on single-family homes, individually owned condominiums and townhouses. Moreover, the act also requires all rent control ordinances to allow a rental property owner to set the rent at market rate once a new tenant moves out and a… Read More

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After hearing from dozens of rental housing owners, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to bring rent control to the city. Under an ordinance proposed by three members of the City Council, Palo Alto would institute a cap on rent increases and just-cause eviction policies, while exploring other tools for renters. If passed, the ordinance would have been studied by the council over several meetings. The California Apartment Association, opposed to any form of rent control, mobilized over 100 property owners and managers to attend the meeting and speak out in opposition to this proposal. Property… Read More

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