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A grassroots campaign led by the California Apartment Association has stopped a “just cause” eviction policy, a rent moratorium, and an unreasonable new trigger for mediation from coming to Concord.  

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to speak out against a package of landlord-tenant proposals that would bring rent and eviction controls to the city of Concord.  CAA asks that rental housing providers speak out at the Concord City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 19, and email council members today.  At Wednesday’s meeting, the council will vote on the following:   “Just cause” eviction ordinance: limits your ability to regain possession of your property or evict problem tenants.  Tenant relocation fee: a forced payment to the tenant of up to three times the market rent if you don’t renew a lease.  Binding arbitration: a mandatory requirement for you to justify rent… Read More

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A referendum filed with the support of the California Apartment Association, Contra Costa, will prevent El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance from taking effect next week. Working with hundreds of local property owners, the business community, real estate leaders and concerned citizens, CAA submitted a petition on behalf of local residents with at least 2,159 signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk, considerably more than the 1,631 valid voter signatures needed to qualify the referendum. 

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The California Apartment Association is exploring its options after the El Cerrito City Council on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a “just cause” for eviction ordinance on a 3-2 vote. Council members Janet Abelson and Gabe Quinto voted against the ordinance. A proposal to create a rent registry also won approval on a 4-1 vote, with Quinto dissenting. The council must formalize approval of the measures with a second vote, expected on May 21. In the meantime, CAA is evaluating all avenues for a reconsideration.   The path leading to this week’s preliminary approval of just cause began with a… Read More

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More than 100 rental housing providers crowded El Cerrito’s City Council chambers this week to oppose a trio of policy proposals that threaten their investments. The California Apartment Association mobilized rental housing owners and operators to attend the Feb. 19 study session, which explored proposed policies including “just cause” eviction restrictions, a rent-triggered tenant relocation fee, and a rent registry. After hearing more than 3 1/2 hours of public comment — most of it coming from concerned rental housing providers — the council postponed further discussion and any action on the proposals to its March 5 meeting.

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The California Apartment Association is urging its members to attend the El Cerrito City Council meeting next week, where officials will consider “just cause” eviction policies and other onerous proposals. The City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, will hold a study session on policies including: Just Cause Eviction Ordinance: limits a landlord’s ability to regain possession of the property or evict problem tenants. Tenant Relocation Fee: forces payment to the tenant of up to five times the market rent if the rent is raised beyond a certain threshold and the tenant moves as a result of the rent increase. Rent… Read More

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After hearing from CAA, the El Cerrito City Council this month postponed a scheduled vote on several rental housing-related proposals, including “just cause” eviction policies. In addition to just cause, the council’s agenda on Jan. 15 included an onerous change to the city’s relocation assistance policy, minimum-lease requirements and termination-of-tenancy requirements. The decision to postpone voting on these policies came after the council received staff presentations and heard the testimony of concerned stakeholders, including the California Apartment Association.

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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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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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