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Although a rent control measure could be headed for the Nov. 6 ballot in Santa Rosa, a movement on the City Council is afoot to explore a rent control ordinance at City Hall as well. On Tuesday, the council was scheduled to discuss a potential rent control ordinance, spurring members of the California Apartment Association to attend the meeting to voice their opposition. The mayor ultimately pulled the item from the agenda, and it is unclear whether the council will revisit it. Talk of a possible rent control ordinance from the City Council comes as election officials count and verify… Read More

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Tenant activists in the city of Santa Rosa have filed signatures in hopes of qualifying what would become the city’s second rent control measure in less than two years. Last week, the North Bay Organizing Project submitted  11,565 signatures on their petition to qualify a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure for the city’s Nov. 6 ballot. That submission kicked off a 30-day review period for the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters to verify at least 8,985 of the signatures are valid to qualify the initiative. The California Apartment Association and North Bay Association of Realtors are committed to… 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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Less than a year after voters rejected rent control in Santa Rosa, tenant activists are attempting to return the issue to the ballot box. Efforts are now underway to qualify a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure for city’s the November 2018 ballot. Spearheading the initiative campaign is the North Bay Organizing Project, which needs to collect at least 8,985 valid signatures from registered Santa Rosa voters by July 6 to qualify the measure for this fall’s general election. The proposed measure, accessible here, would limit rent increases to the inflation rate, impose strict eviction controls, establish strict guidelines… Read More

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The Santa Rosa City Council scrubbed a scheduled vote on eviction controls this week, citing a conflict of interest among three council members. The council Tuesday took no action on a proposed urgency ordinance that would have immediately imposed just-cause eviction regulations in the city. Recusing themselves were Councilwoman Julie Combs and Councilman Jack Tibbetts, both of whom have recently become rental housing providers. Also recusing himself was Councilman John Sawyer, a longtime rental owner who has previously abstained from such discussions. Following the October wildfires, some council members have asserted that landlords would evict tenants and then replace them… Read More

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Update: The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Dec. 12, formally adopted a mandatory mediation program to handle disputes over rent increases. Under the ordinance, tenants could invoke mandatory mediation when landlords attempt to increase rents by more than 5 percent in a 12-month period. The county already has a voluntary mediation program. While participation in the new program would be mandatory, the mediation itself would be non-binding. Supervisors opted to pursue mandatory mediation as an alternative to just-cause eviction policies. Related content: Marin landlords to enter mediation before hiking rents (Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 13) Tenants, landlords slam… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is once again encouraging members with available units in Napa or Sonoma counties to contact CAA and consider making special considerations for fire victims. Special considerations may include offering reduced move-in costs or discounted deposits for those who lost their homes. CAA members with available units are asked to send an email to CAA. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is also requesting that local property managers respond to a short survey on the number of victims of the October wildfires who found permanent housing through the private sector. Understanding how many people secured privately owned… Read More

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In the wake of the wine country wildfires, Sonoma County prosecutors have received more than 60 reports of rental price gouging, however, most of the allegations did not represent violations of law, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. The article also clarifies that the state’s price-gouging law does not apply to units just now entering the rental market. “If you want to move out and rent your house for a year, you can set whatever price the current market will bear without penalty,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch told the Press Democrat.

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Rent increases limited to 10 percent  Under an executive order by Gov. Jerry Brown, protections against price-gouging in the wake of the North Bay fires — including rent increases over 10 percent — will be in effect until at least April of next year. The ban on price gouging, which originally had a 30-day time limit, is now in effect until April 18, 2018. The state’s anti-price gouging law went into effect earlier this month after the president and governor issued a state of emergency in California. These protections prohibit raising the price of many consumer goods and services, including… Read More

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In the wake of the North Bay wildfires, the president and governor have issued a state of emergency in California, triggering protections under the state’s anti-price-gouging law. These protections prohibit raising the price of many consumer goods and services — including that of rental housing — by more than 10 percent after an emergency has been declared. Protections under California’s anti-price-gouging law are not restricted to the city or county where the disaster occurred. The aim is to prevent price gouging anywhere in the state with an increased consumer demand resulting from the declared emergency. Disaster declarations by state or… Read More

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