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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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The Glendale City Clerk’s Office has rejected a bid to place rent control before the city’s voters, calling the submitted petition “deficient and invalid” due to a number of problems. For example, the text of the rent control measure is not included anywhere in the petition, the clerk said. Moreover, in some areas, sections of pages were glued atop other pages, and in some areas, sections were “whited out” and then filled in again. “These acts raise questions about the voter’s intent and the contents of the petition presented to each person who agreed to sign,” the clerk said in… Read More

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The city of Palo Alto on Monday, Oct. 16, will consider studying the possible adoption of a rent control ordinance. Council members Lydia Kou, Karen Holman and Tom DuBois issued a proposal to study whether Palo Alto should: Cap the annual rent increase by a certain percentage Institute a just-cause eviction ordinance Study other open-ended renter protections Palo Alto’s high housing costs can be traced to the city’s inability to meet the demand for housing. In the past three years, only 44 apartment units have been built. Instead of rent control, Palo Alto should focus on real solutions to its… Read More

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An economics professor has concluded that a proposed rent control program in Pacifica could cost the city $2 million each year to implement. Tom Means, a professor of economics at San Jose State University, shared this conclusion in an analysis of Measure C, the rent control proposal appearing on November’s ballot in Pacifica. Means, who serves on Mountain View’s newly formed Rental Housing Committee, prepared his report for the Coalition for Housing Equality. “A more realistic budget for Measure C would fall between $1.5 million to $2 million,”  Means said in this news release. “If the budget was $2 million,… Read More

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Tenant activists left themselves a dangerously small margin for error in a signature-gathering effort to place a rent control measure before Glendale voters. The rent control measure pushed by the tenant’s union seeks to cap rent increases at 3 percent annually. Petitioners need 10,585 valid voter signatures to qualify for the city’s next general election. On Oct. 2, the Glendale Tenants Union submitted 11,186 signatures, leaving little cushion for invalid entries. In any signature-gathering effort, petitioners must plan for a number of signatures to be rejected by election officials. Signatures can be rejected if they come from individuals who have… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

During a meeting attended by more than 150 members of the rental housing industry, the Daly City City Council last week rejected the idea of rent control and a number of other onerous housing policies. On a 3-1 vote on Sept. 25, the council also dismissed policies such as just-cause eviction, relocation assistance, mandatory acceptance of Section 8 vouchers and the creation of a rent registry. At issue was whether to include these policies as part of Daly City’s Assessment of Fair Housing Report (AFH). The report is a comprehensive study on a jurisdiction’s housing barriers, a routine process required… Read More

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The California Apartment Association reacted with skepticism this week to an online poll measuring voter support for rent control. The poll, which comes from the UC Berkeley Institute for Government Studies, found that a majority of California voters support the policy. The survey, however, does not adequately explain the many problems that capping rents can cause. If it had, participants’ responses may have been quite different. Here’s what Matt Buck, CAA’s vice president of public affairs, told the Orange County Register: “Rent control will do more harm than good when it comes to solving our housing shortage,” Buck said. “Rent… Read More

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Pacifica voters on Saturday received a thorough education on the flaws and consequences of the rent control proposal appearing on November’s ballot as Measure C. Measure C is modeled closely after rent control and eviction control ballot measures rejected by voters last year in San Mateo and Burlingame. Joshua Howard, senior vice president of the California Apartment Association, took part in Saturday’s panel discussion, as did Pacifica Vice Mayor John Keener and representatives of both No and Yes on Measure C campaigns. The breakfast-time discussion was hosted by the Pacifica-Daly City Democrats Club. Howard told an engaged audience that Measure… Read More

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Despite objections from CAA, the Mountain View Rental Housing Committee on Monday declared Dec. 23, 2016, the effective date for the city’s rent control ordinance, even though the law remained on hold until spring of this year. In addition to implementing rent control, Measure V rolled back rents charged after the effective date to levels collected in October 2015. The rent committee’s decision raises the following question:  Will Mountain View landlords be required to issue partial refunds of rent collected while implementation of the ordinance was delayed? To address this question, the California Apartment Association has updated its Measure V… Read More

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San Jose rental housing owners and managers now have until Sept. 22 to voice opposition to proposed changes to San Jose’s rent control law. The public comment period regarding the changes originally was set to expire Sept. 14 but has been extended to Sept. 22. “The city of San Jose needs to hear from you that the latest round of proposed changes to the city’s Apartment Rent Ordinance are excessive and not necessary,” said Anil Babbar, vice president of public affairs at CAA. Among other things, the Housing Department’s draft ordinance would: • Reduce the allowable annual rent increase rent… Read More

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