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More than six months of rent control is coming to an end in the city of Sebastopol. The city, which has capped annual rent increases at 3 percent since Nov. 1, will allow its rent moratorium to expire by the end of today, June 16. This past Monday, Sebastopol’s housing subcommittee indicated the city would forgo another extention of its temporary rent control law. That decision came roughly one week after voters in Santa Rosa, just a few miles east of Sebastopol, rejected rent control at the ballot box. The defeat of Measure C may have given elected officials in… Read More

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Instead of imposing rent control or just-cause policies, the city of  South Pasadena will work on strengthening its mediation program for landlord-tenant disputes. The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to adopt this more sensible approach to handling renter grievances, following a recommendation from the city’s  Ad Hoc Committee on Rent Stabilization.

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After a strong grassroots campaign by the California Apartment Association and its allies, Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause eviction measure went down in defeat Tuesday. The people of Santa Rosa rejected Measure C with 52.5 percent of the vote, compared with 47.5 percent in favor of rent control. “Voters understood that Measure C would have come at high costs while assisting only a fraction of the population,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California. “Now, Santa Rosa can focus on the real solution to its housing crisis — building more homes.” Measure C threatened to roll… Read More

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A CAA-backed petition bearing the signatures of over 3,500 Pacifica voters has prevented a temporary rent control measure from taking effect this month. The petition, submitted to the city clerk Monday, seeks to repeal an interim ordinance that would have implemented rent and eviction controls from May 24 until November 2017. The City Council approved the interim ordinance in April, hoping to curtail rent increases leading up to the November election, which will include a ballot measure on permanent rent control. The grass-roots effort for a referendum on the interim ordinance included volunteer work and other resources from the California… Read More

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On the heels of a pro-rent control march in East Los Angeles, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors this week voted to examine tenant protection policies for the nation’s most populous county. The board Tuesday directed staff to conduct research that includes an analysis of the rental market, an inventory of local stakeholders and the identification of best practices for tenant safeguards, both in California and elsewhere. Supervisors will then appoint a working group who will have 180 days to make policy recommendations. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Shiela Kuehl coauthored the motion for the study and working group. “Countless residents… Read More

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The Pacifica City Council on Monday voted 4-1 to place rent control and just-cause eviction policies on the November ballot. The ballot measure would: Cap rent increases at 3.4 percent annually. Implement eviction controls mirroring San Francisco’s just-cause eviction policy. Establish a seven-member rental housing commission with the power to set rents, recommend rules and regulations, and levy fees. “CAA unequivocally opposes the ballot measure and will assist in informing voters of the harmful ramifications of adopting policies that would put the city’s rental housing stock and its residents at risk,” said Rhovy Lyn Antonio, vice president of public affairs… Read More

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Over the objections of CAA and other business groups, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday night voted to immediately implement “just cause” eviction policies. The council decision came on a 9-2 vote following four hours of emotional testimony. Voting against the emergency just-cause ordinance were council members Johnny Khamis and Dev Davis. Before the council’s 9-2 vote, property owners expressed their concerns about “just cause,” policies that make it more difficult and time-consuming to evict problem tenants. “We put our sweat, blood, tears and life savings into a property,” said Richard Lohr, as reported in the Mercury News story… Read More

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Amid fierce opposition from CAA, lawmakers have once again fallen short in their efforts to weaken California’s Ellis Act – the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business. Since 1985, the Ellis Act has provided an important safety valve for landlords operating in rent controlled jurisdictions, guaranteeing they can walk away from the business when rent control becomes too burdensome. For three straight years, lawmakers have taken aim at this legislation, and each time, the California Apartment Association has derailed the proposals. The latest efforts included AB 423 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland,… Read More

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The Concord City Council this month adopted a rent-mediation program that was supported by the California Apartment Association. The ordinance, approved during the May 2 council meeting, will give tenants the right to nonbinding mediation if they receive rent increases of more than 10 percent during a 12-month timeframe. “We’re not trying to price people out of the marketplace so we just have a revolving door of people moving in and out of our community,” Councilman Tim McGallian said, as reported in the East Bay Times.  “But at the same time we understand you have to be able to make… Read More

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https://youtu.be/SMcXDn2fnpQ Presenting a double threat to rental housing owners, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday, May 9, is expected to immediately impose a “just cause” eviction ordinance and consider adopting a significantly tighter cap on annual rent increases. Emergency just cause ordinance: This ordinance would implement “just cause” the day following council approval. With such a drastic change to existing law, the council should include an implementation period so those unaware of the law avoid the risk of violating it. San Francisco-style rent control: Last year, the City Council lowered its rent cap from 8 percent annually to 5… Read More

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