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The Concord City Council next week will consider adopting a rent-mediation program, a sensible alternative to rent control that’s supported by the California Apartment Association. CAA urges rental housing providers to attend the council meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. in Concord council chambers, 1950 Parkside Drive. The association supports sensible mediation programs, such as the proposal in Concord, as a way to address concerns over rising rents. The Concord ordinance would give tenants the right to a mediation hearing if they receive a rent increase exceeding 10 percent in one year. The mediation proposal comes despite loud calls for rent… Read More

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Richmond will hold a series of community workshops this month related to the city’s rent control ordinance, which voters approved as Measure L in the November election. While the California Apartment Association has pending litigation challenging the measure, property owners and managers must follow this ordinance as long as it remains in effect. In addition to providing information about the rent control ordinance, the city says it will provide resources for both renters and landlords, and computer lab assistance for accessing and completing related online forms. The workshops are scheduled as follows: Community education workshop Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6… Read More

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As early as May, the Concord City Council could vote to adopt a rent-mediation program for rent increases over 10 percent. City staff is now drafting a rent-mediation ordinance based on directions given Monday from the city’s Housing and Economic Development Committee. The committee recommended adoption of the rent mediation program in lieu of rent control. About a dozen rental housing owners attended the committee meeting Monday. The mediation program would be non-binding, and staff still needs to flesh out several details. The move toward mediation comes after CAA helped thwart a move last year for rent control, just cause… Read More

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CAA remains committed to overturning Measure L The California Apartment Association remains undeterred this week after a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge denied its motion for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of rent control in Richmond. Richmond’s rent control law appeared on the November ballot as Measure L and won approval despite a strong opposition campaign spearheaded by CAA. “We are disappointed with this week’s ruling but remain committed to overturning Measure L, which has a number of legal flaws, including violations of the U.S. and California constitutions,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California.… Read More

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Concord’s Housing and Economic Development Committee on Monday recommended adoption of a rent-mediation program. The committee recommends that such a program address disputes over rent increases of 10 percent or more in months. The Concord City Council last year decided to study rent mediation as an alternative to rent control and rent freezes. During Monday’s committee meeting, members of the rental housing industry voiced support for a mediation program, while tenant advocates renewed calls for rent control. City staff will now draft a mediation program for the committee to review later this month. At that point, the committee could forward… Read More

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After hearing arguments from the California Apartment Association, a Contra Costa Superior Court judge said she would decide within the next week whether to halt enforcement of Richmond’s rent control law. CAA told Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Judith S. Craddick this morning that Richmond’s rent control ordinance violates both the California and U.S. constitutions. The association requested a preliminary injunction against the rent control law, passed by voters as Measure L in November. During this morning’s hearing, Craddick said she would take a few days to consider arguments related to the motion. “CAA has pointed to serious flaws within… Read More

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A court hearing originally scheduled for today on CAA’s challenge to Richmond’s rent control law has been delayed until next Wednesday. The hearing is now set for 9 a.m. Feb. 1. It was rescheduled due to a calendar conflict in Contra Costa County Superior Court. The hearing centers on a lawsuit filed by the California Apartment Association alleging that Richmond’s rent control law violates state and federal laws. CAA’s legal challenge claims that law, approved in November’s election as Measure L. is unconstitutionally vague, violates the Constitution’s due process clauses and runs counter to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.… Read More

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If you increase rents in Concord, don’t be surprised if you get a phone call from the city. Concord has launched a hotline for tenants to confidentially report rent increases either by phone or email. The city will place the information in a data base and plans to use the information to update the City Council quarterly on rent trends. While tenants will report rent increases confidentially, they will need to identify the property where they live, the owner or both. City staff will then call property owners to confirm the rent increases reported by tenants. Click here to see… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today announced that Joseph A. Lawton Jr., vice president of Castle Management Co., has begun a one-year term as president of the association’s statewide board of directors. Lawton began his tenure Jan. 1 and will take his formal oath of office during the association’s Feb. 16 board meeting in Sacramento. For more than 75 years, the California Apartment Association has supported rental housing owners and managers through tireless work in public affairs, education and customer service. Under Lawton’s leadership, these efforts will continue in earnest in 2017, said Tom Bannon, the association’s chief executive officer. “In… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Richmond’s rent control law. The lawsuit, accessible here, alleges that Richmond’s rent control ordinance, approved by voters as Measure L, violates state and federal laws in several ways. CAA also requested a temporary restraining order to halt enforcement of the measure. Although Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith S. Craddick denied this request, she said she recognized the importance of the constitutional issues raised in CAA’s complaint and scheduled an expedited hearing on the Association’s legal challenge for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27. “It is encouraging that Judge… Read More

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