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The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday decided to place its own measure before voters seeking changes to the city’s rent control ordinance. The measure, approved on a 5-2 vote, will appear on the March 2020 ballot and would change the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in several ways. Here are key highlights of what the measure would do:

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Cities across California this week continued to pursue urgency stopgap ordinances intended to prevent no-cause evictions before AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1.  Approving stopgap measures Tuesday were the following cities: Alhambra, Redondo Beach and Duarte in the Los Angeles area; and Menlo Park and San Carlos in the Bay Area; and Watsonville on the Central Coast. Long Beach ratified its measure Tuesday with a second reading.   As previously reported, more than a dozen other jurisdictions, from Los Angeles to Redwood City, have passed similar stopgap ordinances over the past few weeks.  

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Several more cities this week approved stopgap ordinances to begin enforcing elements of Assembly Bill 1482 before the statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law takes effect Jan. 1.  On Monday, the municipalities of Redwood City and Daly City, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, approved measures that prohibit no-cause evictions on housing that will be covered by AB 1482, the newly approved statewide rent-cap legislation. In Southern California, the city of Bell Gardens also approved a stopgap measure Monday.   On Tuesday, the city of Santa Cruz on the Central Coast adopted an urgency just-cause measure during a special council meeting. While this ordinance mirrors the just cause… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council next month is expected to move forward with a city-sponsored ballot measure aimed at changing the local rent control law approved in 2016. On Nov. 12, the council is expected to decide whether to place such a measure before city voters in the 2020 election.

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The Milpitas City Council on Tuesday voted to impose an urgency ordinance that bans no-cause evictions until Jan. 1, when a state law with the same objective takes effect.   The council’s move is intended as a stopgap measure leading up to the implementation of Assembly Bill 1482, California’s newly signed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law. 

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This week, the San Jose City Council held a study session to better understand the issue of tenant displacement from a residential and business perspective. The Housing Department scheduled the study session to educate the council on who is getting displaced, why they are being displaced and what can be done to prevent that displacement. Much of the discussion focused on what the city could do to further support tenants from being evicted. While there is no disagreement that displacement is occurring because of rising rents, there was disagreement on what can be done to lessen it.

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in San Jose. Effective Thursday, Sept. 26, the city’s “Housing Payment Equality Ordinance” requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The enforcement provisions of the ordinance do not take effect for six months, but the director of the San Jose Department of Housing may issue written warnings for violations of the ordinance in the meantime. CAA… Read More

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During a special meeting Tuesday, the Milpitas City Council decided to pursue an emergency “just cause” for eviction ordinance. The council directed staff to draft the ordinance for council consideration when it meets Oct. 15. Because it’s an emergency ordinance, it would need 4 out of 5 votes to pass. If it does, it would take effect immediately and remain in place until the beginning of next year, when statewide “just cause” policies are expected to take effect under Assembly Bill 1482. The council directed staff to draft the emergency ordinance to mirror exactly the just-cause section of AB 1482.

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After receiving input from CAA, the city of Pacifica last week passed an ordinance that bans smoking in multifamily housing. The City Council formally adopted the ordinance Sept. 9 on a 5-0 vote.

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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.

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