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A recent report from Concord city staff lauds the city’s current rent-review and multifamily-inspection programs for helping renters stay in their homes and improving their living conditions. The staff report, presented to the City Council on Nov. 27, highlights the mediation program’s success rate. Since the inception of the rent-review program in June 2017, the city has received 25 cases, two of which are pending. Of the 23 closed mediation cases, 83 percent reached a positive resolution to the disputes, with tenants receiving a lower rent increase than originally offered, or with tenants staying in their residence. The city’s analysis… Read More

Tagged: Contra Costa

Over the objections of CAA, the Glendale City Council this week approved a temporary cap on rent increases. The interim rent control measure, which applies to pre-1995 multifamily housing, takes effect Dec. 27 and expires Feb. 27, 2019, although the City Council may extend it. The measure will roll back rents to whatever rate was charged as of Sept. 18 of this year. Annual rent increases will then be capped at 5 percent while the city’s rent freeze is in place. For tenancies that start after Sept. 18, rents may not increase by more than 5 percent above the initial… Read More

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CAA Contra Costa encourages local housing providers to attend the Tuesday, Nov. 27 Concord City Council meeting, where elected officials will likely hear demands for rent control and “just cause” eviction policies.

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The Mountain View city clerk on Thursday certified that a CAA-supported measure that would make important changes to the city’s rent control law has qualified to appear on the ballot in 2020. The measure — the Mountain View Renter, Homeowner, and Taxpayer Protection Act — aims to fix many of the unfair, costly and unworkable provisions of the city’s rent control ordinance, which was adopted as Measure V in 2016.

Tagged: Tri-County

During a hearing packed with housing providers Tuesday, the Glendale City Council requested staff to create a temporary rent cap with a maximum annual increase of 5 percent.

Tagged: Los Angeles

Over the objections of CAA, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a temporary rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county. The interim rent control measure affects about 50,000 pre-1995 apartments located in areas outside the 88 city jurisdictions within the county. The ordinance 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… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

Amid aggressive opposition from the California Apartment Association, a measure to impose rent control and “just cause” eviction policies in Santa Cruz failed passage in Tuesday’s election. According to semi-official results, 65.5 percent of voters rejected Measure M, while just 34.5 percent voted to approve it. A rent control measure also appeared to be failing in National City.

Tagged: Tri-County

A campaign led by the California Apartment Association has defeated a rent control and “just cause” eviction initiative in National City. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 53.9 percent of voters had rejected Measure W, while 46.1 percent voted to approve it. A rent control measure also failed in Santa Cruz.

Tagged: San Diego

The Beverly Hills City Council this month voted to immediately expand “just cause” eviction constraints to its entire rent controlled housing stock.

Tagged: Los Angeles

A newly released paper by a UC Berkeley economist explores how repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act could drive down property values and erode tax money for school districts and local communities. The paper, “The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: How Rent Control Reduces Property Values, Hurts Small Businesses and Limits State and Local Tax Revenue,” was authored by Kenneth T. Rosen, chairman of UC Berkeley’s Fisher Center and chairman and founder of Rosen Consulting Group. If California voters approve Proposition 10 and overturn Costa-Hawkins in the Nov. 6 election, cities and counties will once again be authorized to adopt extreme… Read More

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