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The Concord City Council next week will consider adopting a rent-mediation program, a sensible alternative to rent control that’s supported by the California Apartment Association. CAA urges rental housing providers to attend the council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in Concord council chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive. The association supports sensible mediation programs, such as the proposal in Concord, as a way to address concerns over rising rents. The Concord ordinance would give tenants the right to a mediation hearing if they receive a rent increase exceeding 10 percent in one year. The mediation proposal comes despite loud calls for rent… Read More

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After several hours of testimony, including strong opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved wide-ranging eviction controls on the city’s entire rental housing stock. The council, which voted 6-5 in favor of San Francisco-style “just cause,” is scheduled to formally adopt the policy in two weeks. The measures would apply to both rent controlled and non-rent controlled units throughout the city, as well as single-family homes and duplexes. In addition to moving ahead with just cause, the council now is considering a stricter limit on annual rent increases. City staff will now… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to speak out next week against a proposal to place eviction controls on San Jose apartments. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council will consider instituting a “just cause” for eviction ordinance. Under this kind of policy, a landlord can only evict a tenant when certain, narrow conditions are met. For example, a landlord  could no longer evict a tenant for committing a violent or drug-related crime, unless the tenant has been convicted of the crime or the landlord can offer proof of the criminal activity. One goal of the legislation… Read More

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The Pacifica City Council on Monday adopted a temporary ordinance that caps rent increases at 3.4 percent while also imposing eviction controls. The 3-2 vote in favor of rent control came after nearly four hours of testimony. Speakers opposed to rent control more than doubled those in favor of the policy. In addition to restricting rent increases to 3.4 percent, the council imposed just-cause eviction requirements. The temporary rent control and just-cause ordinance is intended to stop rental property owners from imposing substantial rent increases in advance of a public vote on permanent rent control. The City Council is expected… Read More

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For the remainder of 2017, lawmakers have shelved a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that’s protected California from extreme forms of rent control for more than 20 years. Amid strong opposition from the California Apartment Association, legislators this week decided to make AB 1506 a two-year bill, meaning the Legislature won’t consider a repeal of Costa-Hawkins this year but could take it up again in 2018.  The author will instead host a series of public hearings to determine what can be done on this topic. Under the Costa-Hawkins Act, apartments built after 1995 are… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to oppose a bid to bring rent control to Pacifica through a special election in November 2017. Council members will discuss the proposal Monday. A shift on the council following the November 2016 election makes rent control a more viable threat than in previous years. In 2015 and 2016, CAA and the San Mateo County Association of Realtors succeeded in dissuading the City Council from adopting rent control. The council instead  opted to pursue less draconian and more collaborative responses to housing-affordability issues in the city. The new council majority, however, has expressed… Read More

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A judge Wednesday denied CAA’s request to keep Mountain View’s rent control ordinance on hold pending the association’s legal challenge to the measure. The decision by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William Elfving means Mountain View’s rent control law, passed by voters in November as Measure V, takes effect immediately. Elfving’s ruling comes a day after hearing arguments from the California Apartment Association that Measure V should not be enforced while the association’s lawsuit is pending. CAA’s lawsuit asserts that Measure V is unconstitutional. The case continues to move toward trial. Measure V had been scheduled to take effect… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s legal challenge to Mountain View’s rent control law is about to get its first court hearing. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, legal counsel for CAA will appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court to request a preliminary injunction against Measure V, the rent control initiative approved by Mountain View voters last November. A preliminary injunction would delay implementation of Measure V while CAA’s lawsuit against the measure works its way through the court system, including possible trial. Effectively, the injunction would prolong a temporary restraining order that the association secured in December. That temporary restraining order, or… Read More

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The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday decided against pursuing a rent control policy, opting instead to examine alternative approaches to the city’s housing shortage. Santa Barbara will now take a closer look at policies including enhanced mediation and rental inspections. The council also wants a task force to study a potential just-cause eviction ordinance, however, council members expressed reservations about the policy. The council gave its direction during a meeting packed with both rental housing owners and tenant activists. Van Spalding, who said he owns one rental property, cautioned against capping rents. “I think it will be harmful to… Read More

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The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday will hear a report on several housing policy concepts, including rent control and just-cause eviction. The city attorney is scheduled to provide the report during the council’s 6 p.m. session. The council requested the report, accessible here, and is expected to provide further direction to staff after the presentation. In addition to rent control and just-cause eviction policies, the city attorney’s report touches on a number of other options, such as enhanced mediation, mandatory leases and multifamily rental-unit safety inspections. Asked to contribute to the report, the California Apartment Association reminded city officials… Read More

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