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The city of Sacramento wants community input as it updates its housing strategy for the next eight years. To gather that feedback, the city has created a Virtual Community Plan Area Workshop. The workshop includes multiple-choice surveys asking residents to choose the best policy options to achieve the following: Increase overall housing production Increase affordable housing production Advance equity and inclusion Protect residents from displacement Each survey includes about a half-dozen policy actions, and survey participants are asked to choose their favorite three. On the anti-displacement survey, for example, potential policy actions range from enhancing rent stabilization and eviction protections… Read More

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The Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency is offering emergency rental assistance for residents who have experienced a loss or reduction in wages due to COVID-19. Click image above for flier The Housing and Redevelopment agency is offering the assistance in partnership with the city and county of Sacramento. Applications for the Sacramento Emergency Rental Assistance program will be accepted online Friday, Oct. 9, through Thursday, Oct. 29. Applicants are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in rental assistance via payment made directly to the landlord. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need. To qualify, applicants must: Rent… Read More

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The Sacramento Bee this weekend urged voters to reject Measure C, the local rent control measure on the city of Sacramento’s Nov. 3 ballot. The newspaper notes that Measure C should not even be appearing before city voters. Last year, rent control proponents promised to withdraw their measure from the ballot if the city Council were to adopt is own rent control ordinance.  But when the city did just that in summer 2019, only two of the three proponents kept their commitment and submitted withdrawal letters; a third, Michelle Pariset of Public Advocates, did not, leaving the rent control initiative in… Read More

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An appellate court has ordered the city of Sacramento to place a local rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, overturning a lower court ruling from two weeks ago. The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on Wednesday ruled in favor of initiative proponent Michelle Pariset and against the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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The California Apartment Association this month co-hosted a virtual housing summit for multifamily housing developers in the Placer County region. The July 24 meeting attracted elected officials from Placer County, Roseville and Rocklin, as well as city and county staff, and multifamily developers. During the meeting, developers, elected officials, and staff discussed ways to reduce financial and regulatory barriers to market-rate and affordable multifamily housing projects. They also discussed how the region should explore a “right sized” approach to fee schedules for multifamily units, such as possibly using a per-square-foot calculation of fees versus a per-unit calculation. “CAA is committed… Read More

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The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual information session for rental housing providers on Thursday, Aug. 6. The informational session will feature updates from Mallori Spilker, CAA’s vice president of local public affairs; as well as staff from the city of Davis . Mallori Spilker The meeting will focus on rental housing issues, including Davis’ rental-inspection program, fees and statewide rental housing topics. This meeting will be held via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Join with the following: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82390071864Dial in: +1 669 900 6833Meeting ID: 823 9007 1864

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The California Apartment Association last week joined the city of Sacramento in its lawsuit to keep a draconian rent control initiative off the November 2020 ballot. Like the city, CAA opposes the far-reaching rent control measure, which traces back to 2018, when local tenant activists tried to qualify a rent control initiative for November of that year. Although rent control proponents failed to collect enough signatures for the fall, they kept circulating their petition and ultimately qualified the initiative for the November 2020 election.

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The city of Sacramento has filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping a rent control initiative off November’s ballot and holding a tenant activist to her pledge to drop the measure. Like the city, the California Apartment Association opposes the initiative in question. The measure traces back to 2018, when tenant activists attempted to qualify a rent control initiative for the fall election but failed to collect enough signatures by the deadline. They kept circulating their petition, though, and ultimately qualified the initiative for a future ballot, shifting their attention to 2020.

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After Sacramento County issued a “stay at home” directive Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance temporarily banning the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. The ordinance took effect immediately and will run until the governor’s executive order N-28-20 issued Monday terminates May 31, unless it is extended. The ordinance covers all units in the city of Sacramento, states the tenant’s loss of income must be related to COVID-19 and outlines the following wage-loss reasons: The tenant is sick with COVID-19 or has to care for a… Read More

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At a “state of housing” event hosted by the California Apartment Association last week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg doubled down on his opposition to placing a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure on the city ballot. Steinberg also said that AB 1482, the statewide rent cap legislation that took effect Jan. 1, presents a thoughtful approach to preventing price gouging and renter displacement. The mayor was the guest speaker at a CAA issue-briefing breakfast March 6 for a small group of rental owners, property management executives and multifamily developers.

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