News: Rent ControlFilter
Tenant activists have again fallen short in their quest to put rent control before voters in Santa Ana. On Monday, Tenants United Santa Ana submitted several boxes of petitions to the city clerk. It didn’t take long, however, for city officials to determine the petitions were lacking. Tenant advocates needed to file at least 9,854 signatures but submitted only 9,299.
Proponents of an initiative that would clean up Mountain View’s rent control law have submitted thousands of signatures in hopes of placing the measure before voters in November 2020. On Monday, Oct. 8, a coalition of local homeowners, housing providers and residents filed 7,422 signatures with the Mountain View city clerk. Since Measure V brought rent control to Mountain View in 2016, rental housing owners have responded by taking units off the market, making way for million-dollar condominiums. The proposed initiative would encourage owners to continue providing rental housing and protect Mountain View renters from displacement.
If the election were held today, a measure to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act would likely go down in defeat, a statewide poll released this week indicates. The poll, conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, gauged voter sentiments on Proposition 10 and other ballot measures. “Proposition 10, the local rent control initiative, trails by a 12 point margin,” Mark Baldassare, president and chief executive officer the institute, said in a news release about the poll. “The yes votes are falling below a majority among both homeowners and renters.” Among likely voters, 48 percent would vote no on… Read More
Glendale’s mayor and some council members have expressed interest in pursuing a rent control ordinance and have directed city staffers to draft a report on the policy. The direction comes as the Glendale Tenants Union applies intense pressure on the council to cap city rents. The union shifted its attention to City Hall after twice failing to place a rent control initiative before voters.
CAA members wanting to prevent rent control from taking hold in San Diego County are urged to visit a new website — ProtectOurHousing.com. The website comes from National City Residents for Fair & Equitable Housing, the campaign fighting the rent control initiative on National City’s Nov. 6 ballot. The California Apartment Association spearheaded the creation of the campaign. “Measure W is a poorly written ballot measure that jeopardizes the future of National City, the website says. “The flawed Measure W will reduce the number of available rental units in National City and result in the deterioration of the homes that… Read More
Election officials will determine by mid-October whether tenant activists collected enough valid voter signatures to place a rent control initiative before Sacramento city voters in 2020. Beginning in March, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Service Employees International Union used paid signature gatherers, volunteers, and their own staff to circulate a petition to place rent control before city voters. Although they missed the deadline to place the initiative on this November’s ballot, they kept collecting signatures in hopes of qualifying their measure for the next general election, now a year and a half away.
Menlo Park is conducting public outreach on a proposal that would bring a form of rent control to the city. Under a plan pitched by the Menlo Park Housing Commission, rental property owners would be forced to pay relocation payments triggered by a “significant rent increase” or a “landlord-caused termination.” Such requirements would create a form of rent control and just-cause eviction in Menlo Park, respectively. “Not only is this proposal a major hindrance to landlords and a dangerous step towards rent control, but it deviates entirely from the direction the City Council advised upon in January of 2017,” said… Read More
During a special housing workshop held on Sept. 4, competing proposals were announced by Sacramento Mayor Steinberg and three members of the City Council. As expected, Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented the framework of his plan to increase housing supply and provide rent relief. The proposal includes rent control that limits annual rent increases to 5 percent, but sunsets after three years. The temporary rent cap would exempt units built prior to 1999 and any units owned by property owners with five or fewer units. If the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act remains in place after the November election, Steinberg’s proposal would… Read More
The Palo Alto City Council on Monday made clear, once again, that rent control and “just cause” eviction policies would fail to solve the region’s housing shortage. At the Sept. 10 meeting, the council held firm on its position to reject rent and eviction controls as they did in October 2017. Councilmen Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka, Greg Scharff and Cory Wolbach rejected a motion by the City Council’s no-growth faction to explore “a full range of renter protections” that specifically include “just cause” eviction policies and rent stabilization — aka rent control. Instead, on a 7-1 vote, the council favored… Read More
The California Apartment Association is exploring its options after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a temporary rent control measure for unincorporated areas of the county. Based on Tuesday’s 4-1 vote, county officials will return in 60 days with an ordinance that includes: A maximum rent increase amount of 3 percent annually for rental properties in the county’s unincorporated areas, except for those properties that are statutorily exempt from rent control. A term of six months from the date of adoption with options to extend the interim ordinance as necessary. A base rent using rent levels… Read More