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Although Santa Cruz voters rejected a rent control initiative by a wide margin this past fall, the city’s newly elected council has chosen to pass components of the measure anyway. In the Nov. 6 election, CAA helped secure the resounding defeat of Measure M, an initiative that would have brought both rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the city of Santa Cruz.

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The California Apartment Association is opposing a recommendation from a regional policy committee that the state Legislature impose rent control and “just cause” eviction restrictions across the entire nine-county Bay Area. The entire plan, if adopted by the Legislature, could cost as much as $2 billion per year. CAA this week restated its objections to the recommendation, which is part of a plan promoted by the Committee to House the Bay Area, or CASA, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. CASA spent 18 months developing recommendations for state legislation to address the housing crisis experienced by the Bay… Read More

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In a victory for the California Apartment Association, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to expand the city’s “just cause” eviction policies to include duplexes. Another decision by the council, however, is cause for concern. The council Tuesday also directed staff to draft a “source of income discrimination” policy for rental payments. Such an ordinance could ultimately force landlords to consider renting to Section 8 voucher holders, a decision the association believes should be left to property owners.

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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.

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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.

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Proponents of an initiative that would clean up Mountain View’s rent control law have submitted thousands of signatures in hopes of placing the measure before voters in November 2020. On Monday, Oct. 8, a coalition of local homeowners, housing providers and residents filed 7,422 signatures with the Mountain View city clerk. Since Measure V brought rent control to Mountain View in 2016, rental housing owners have responded by taking units off the market, making way for million-dollar condominiums. The proposed initiative would encourage owners to continue providing rental housing and protect Mountain View renters from displacement.

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Landlords losing the ability to use Ratio Utility Billing Systems on San Jose’s rent-controlled housing have just a few weeks left to apply for a one-time offset. The petition period for the offset opened on July 5 and closes on Oct. 31. Any petition received after Oct. 31 will not be considered. If landlords currently using RUBS are granted an offset, they’ll be permitted to add a portion of their RUBS charge to the tenant’s monthly base rent.

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Menlo Park is conducting public outreach on a proposal that would bring a form of rent control to the city. Under a plan pitched by the Menlo Park Housing Commission, rental property owners would be forced to pay relocation payments triggered by a “significant rent increase” or a “landlord-caused termination.” Such requirements would create a form of rent control and just-cause eviction in Menlo Park, respectively. “Not only is this proposal a major hindrance to landlords and a dangerous step towards rent control, but it deviates entirely from the direction the City Council advised upon in January of 2017,” said… Read More

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The Palo Alto City Council on Monday made clear, once again, that rent control and “just cause” eviction policies would fail to solve the region’s housing shortage. At the Sept. 10 meeting, the council held firm on its position to reject rent and eviction controls as they did in October 2017. Councilmen Adrian Fine, Greg Tanaka, Greg Scharff and Cory Wolbach rejected a motion by the City Council’s no-growth faction to explore “a full range of renter protections” that specifically include “just cause” eviction policies and rent stabilization — aka rent control. Instead, on a 7-1 vote, the council favored… Read More

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After resoundingly rejecting rent control and just-cause eviction proposals in October 2017, the city of Palo Alto early Tuesday morning adopted a relocation-assistance emergency ordinance for no-fault evictions. Since the ordinance was adopted as an emergency, it took effect immediately following the City Council’s vote. The new law only applies to rental properties with 50 or more units. Under the new law, affected property owners can continue to remove tenants without cause. However, a relocation payment to the household of up to $20,000 will be required if the household makes up to 100 percent of the area median income, or… Read More

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