The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday voted to push forward with a mediation program intended to help settle disputes over rent increases exceeding 6%. The program, part of the city’s larger strategy to address rising housing costs, now moves to a second hearing set for April 23. The mediation program is included in the Tenant Protection and Relief Act introduced last year by Councilman Steve Hansen, Vice Mayor Eric Guerra and Councilman Rick Jennings.
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
The Lafayette City Council next week will discuss a proposal to require mediation for rent increases exceeding 10 percent. The council will take up the potential rent-review ordinance when it meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center – Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
The Fremont City Council on Tuesday will hear a consultant’s report and staff recommendations on rent control and other policy options for addressing rising rents in the city. The Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County, a chapter of CAA, is urging its members to attend the meeting and speak out against the draconian, unnecessary policies being considered. In addition to rent control, the consultant’s report examines “just cause” eviction policies and possible revisions to the city’s existing rent mediation program. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11 at City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. Following recommendations from city… Read More
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.
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.
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.