News: Rent ControlFilter
Over the objections of CAA, the Inglewood City Council on Tuesday agreed to pursue a permanent rent control ordinance, “just cause” eviction policies, and a relocation assistance program tied to rent increases. The council advanced these policies one week after extending a temporary rent control and just-cause measure for an additional 60 days. The interim ordinance caps rent increases at 5%. Under the permanent rent control ordinance, rent increases would be limited to 8% each year.
A pair of bills that would greatly expand rent control in California will get their first test in the state Legislature next week. On Thursday, April 25, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development will hold special hearings on AB 1482, which would apply rent control to every unit in California, and AB 36, which would weaken California’s Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities and counties to expand local rent control laws to single-family homes and newer construction.
Over the objections of CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday extended a temporary rent cap by six months and expanded eviction controls to all rental housing in unincorporated areas of the county. The interim rent cap, set at 3 percent annually, was initially approved last year and had been scheduled to expire in June. With today’s 4-1 vote, however, the rent moratorium will run until the end of the year, unless it is renewed again or replaced by a permanent rent control ordinance.
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday will consider extending a temporary rent cap they approved last year, a move that lays the groundwork to pursue a permanent rent control measure. Supervisors also will consider expanding the “just cause” eviction provision to cover all properties, not just rentals built after 1995.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the Long Beach City Council voted 6-3 to draft a tenant relocation ordinance that will bring a form of rent and eviction controls to the city. CAA remains opposed to the forthcoming ordinance, which is expected to require landlords with buildings of four units or more to pay relocation assistance when tenants receive certain types of termination notices. Buildings with four units would be exempt only when the owner lives in the building.
The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to speak out against rent control and “just cause” eviction policies Tuesday in Milpitas. These policy proposals are expected to come up as the City Council receives a report from the Tenant Protection Task Force. The tenant advocate segment of the task force has pushed hard for rent control and “just cause,” refusing to except any alternatives, such as mediation or minimum lease requirements.
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting thinly veiled forms of rent and eviction controls. Under the proposals, landlords would have to pay relocation assistance to tenants who receive certain termination notices and when tenants decide to move amid rent increases of 10 percent or more. Penalizing landlords for rent increases beyond a specified threshold is a method for capping rents, while forcing relocation payments after certain termination notices controls evictions.
Lawmakers on Thursday announced a package of rental housing legislation that would cap rent increases statewide and allow local governments to apply rent control to single-family homes and 10-year-old construction. The housing package also will include a “just cause” for eviction measure, as well as a statewide rental registry, the legislators said during a press conference and through a news release. Although lacking detail at present, AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation plus a yet-to-be-determined figure, the press release says, and would not supersede existing local rent… Read More
The Inglewood City Council this week temporarily capped rent increases at 5 percent and imposed an interim “just cause” eviction measure. The rent moratorium and eviction control ordinances are scheduled to last 45 days but can be renewed for up to a year by the council. The rent cap applies to pre-1995 apartments.
Proposals that would require Santa Barbara landlords to offer yearlong leases and provide relocation assistance after certain types of displacement continued to move forward this week. On Tuesday, the city’s Ordinance Committee advanced the “right to a lease” and relocation fee proposals to the full City Council, which will consider adopting the measures in the coming months. The committee also voted 2-1 to ask the council to reconsider “just cause” eviction, a policy that the California Apartment Association opposes unequivocally.