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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

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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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After hearing from the California Apartment Association, its allies, and local housing providers, El Cerrito City Council this week rebuffed efforts to bring rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the East Bay community. Discussions of rent control and eviction controls were met with criticism Tuesday, even as the council faced intense pressure to adopt these onerous policies.

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Multifamily properties in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County are smoke-free as of Sunday, July 1. In March, the county Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Contra Costa County Secondhand Smoke Ordinance, which prohibits smoking inside multifamily properties with two or more units. Although the ordinance takes effect July 1, property owners and operators have until July 1, 2019, to amend house rules and make the necessary transition to smoke-free housing before fines can be imposed. CAA Contra Costa does not oppose the efforts of local jurisdictions to promote smoke-free housing and protect residents from secondhand smoke. CAA Contra Costa… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is turning to its members for help thwarting what could become Santa Rosa’s second rent control measure in 17 months. Less than one year after voters rejected rent control in Santa Rosa, the North Bay Organizing Project and a group of local activists are collecting signatures in hopes of placing an even more burdensome rent control “just cause” eviction ordinance on the November 2018 ballot. The group has until late June to collect over 8,500 signatures to get their proposed law on the November ballot. “We are dismayed that the North Bay Organizing Project is rushing… Read More

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A proposal to bring a rent-review program to Lafayette received a mixed response from the City Council last week. The proposal, modeled after a program recently enacted in nearby Concord, was prompted by residents’ concerns over rent increases issued by new owners of a particular apartment complex in the city. During the Sept. 25 meeting, representatives from the California Apartment Association and local rental owners highlighted the fact that numerous housing providers in Lafayette not only have rents far below market, but also voluntarily limit rent increases to 10 percent annually.

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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.

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Concord has tapped Hayward-based ECHO Housing to handle mediation services for the city’s new Residential Rent Review Program.

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The Walnut Creek City Council on Tuesday voted to ban marijuana smoking in city apartments.

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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.

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