The city of Milpitas this week approved a non-binding rent-review program, as well as a requirement that landlords consider tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. The council also scheduled a special meeting to consider an emergency “just cause” eviction proposal.
Over the objections of CAA, the San Jose City Council this week moved forward with an ordinance that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants bearing Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.
The California Apartment Association’s Tri-County division has announced it will donate $30,000 to help Silicon Valley families avoid homelessness and to provide quality affordable housing. Attendees of CAA Tri-County’s Charity Golf Tournament pose for a photo by Daniel Gaines Photography. CAA Tri-County raised the money through its 30th annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 13 in San Jose. The funds will go to the Housing Industry Foundation, which provides one-time grants to help families at risk of homelessness, renovates affordable-housing units and helps families find affordable housing units in either Santa Clara or San Mateo counties while providing them with… Read More
The Mountain View City Council is eyeing a potential ballot measure that would make changes to the city’s rent control law. It’s unclear, however, what changes would be included in the potential measure – and whether they could make the city’s rent control ordinance even worse. City staff has suggested the council might explore asking voters to bolster its rent control law with a rent registry, vacancy control for landlord-caused tenancy terminations, new noticing requirements, and possible limits on how housing providers share utility costs with renters.
Milpitas City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 against a proposal to immediately implement rent control and “just cause” eviction policies. Following nearly four hours of testimony and council discussion, Mayor Rich Tran and Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez voted for the measures, while Councilwoman Carmen Montano Councilmen Bob Nuñez and Anthony Phan voted against the proposals. The rent control ordinance under consideration this week would have capped rents based on the rate of inflation. Under “just cause” ordinances, landlords can only file evictions based on a specific list of reasons and must be able to prove those reasons in court or… Read More
The California Apartment Association has launched a survey in its efforts to improve San Jose’s rental housing inspection program. Specifically, CAA Tri-County wants to hear from owners of rental property in San Jose that have been placed in either the “Tier 3” or “Tier 2” code enforcement categories. Under San Jose’s Multiple Housing Program, apartment buildings are divided into tiers based on the number of violations per unit of the buildings. Each tier has a different inspection cycle and fee structure, with the fewest inspections and lowest fees for Tier 1 and the greatest for Tier 3. Although the city… Read More
Thanks in part to the efforts of CAA, the Milpitas City Council this week backed away from a proposal to bring impose rent control and “just cause” eviction policies. The council rejected these policies Tuesday after receiving a report from its Tenant Protection Task Force, which included both tenants and property owners. While tenants on the task force demanded rent control and just cause policies, property owners in the group suggested several alternatives, such as conducting educational workshops to help tenants understand their rights under state law, establishing a non-binding mediation program for disputes, and creating a “right to lease”… Read More
The San Carlos City Council is adopting a ban on smoking in multifamily housing that includes a 14-month phase-in period secured by CAA. The California Apartment Association worked with the city to craft an ordinance that protects renters against the harmful effects of second-hand smoke while giving tenants who smoke time to adjust their habits. “You are trying to change their behavior, you’re not trying to evict the residents,” said Rhovy Lyn Antonio, CAA’s vice president of public affairs, as reported by the San Mateo Daily Journal.
The Menlo Park City Council on Tuesday rejected “rent control in disguise” in favor of a more reasonable tenant relocation measure. The rejected proposal, labeled Alternative B, proposed to limit rent increases and restrict an owner’s ability to evict tenants unless the owner paid the tenant up to four times the monthly rent. It was developed by the city’s Housing Commission and modified and endorsed by Mayor Pro Tem Cecelia Taylor and Councilwoman Betsy Nash. Alternative B was criticized as “rent control in disguise” and failed to receive the three votes needed to pass. Instead, the City Council majority adopted… Read More