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This week, the San Jose City Council held a study session to better understand the issue of tenant displacement from a residential and business perspective. The Housing Department scheduled the study session to educate the council on who is getting displaced, why they are being displaced and what can be done to prevent that displacement. Much of the discussion focused on what the city could do to further support tenants from being evicted. While there is no disagreement that displacement is occurring because of rising rents, there was disagreement on what can be done to lessen it.

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in San Jose. Effective Thursday, Sept. 26, the city’s “Housing Payment Equality Ordinance” requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The enforcement provisions of the ordinance do not take effect for six months, but the director of the San Jose Department of Housing may issue written warnings for violations of the ordinance in the meantime. CAA… Read More

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During a special meeting Tuesday, the Milpitas City Council decided to pursue an emergency “just cause” for eviction ordinance. The council directed staff to draft the ordinance for council consideration when it meets Oct. 15. Because it’s an emergency ordinance, it would need 4 out of 5 votes to pass. If it does, it would take effect immediately and remain in place until the beginning of next year, when statewide “just cause” policies are expected to take effect under Assembly Bill 1482. The council directed staff to draft the emergency ordinance to mirror exactly the just-cause section of AB 1482.

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After receiving input from CAA, the city of Pacifica last week passed an ordinance that bans smoking in multifamily housing. The City Council formally adopted the ordinance Sept. 9 on a 5-0 vote.

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The city of Milpitas this week approved a non-binding rent-review program, as well as a requirement that landlords consider tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. The council also scheduled a special meeting to consider an emergency “just cause” eviction proposal.

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Over the objections of CAA, the San Jose City Council this week moved forward with an ordinance that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants bearing Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.

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The California Apartment Association’s Tri-County division has announced it will donate $30,000 to help Silicon Valley families avoid homelessness and to provide quality affordable housing. Attendees of CAA Tri-County’s Charity Golf Tournament pose for a photo by Daniel Gaines Photography. CAA Tri-County raised the money through its 30th annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 13 in San Jose. The funds will go to the Housing Industry Foundation, which provides one-time grants to help families at risk of homelessness, renovates affordable-housing units and helps families find affordable housing units in either Santa Clara or San Mateo counties while providing them with… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council is eyeing a potential ballot measure that would make changes to the city’s rent control law.   It’s unclear, however, what changes would be included in the potential measure – and whether they could make the city’s rent control ordinance even worse.   City staff has suggested the council might explore asking voters to bolster its rent control law with a rent registry, vacancy control for landlord-caused tenancy terminations, new noticing requirements, and possible limits on how housing providers share utility costs with renters. 

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Milpitas City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 against a proposal to immediately implement rent control and “just cause” eviction policies. Following nearly four hours of testimony and council discussion, Mayor Rich Tran and Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez voted for the measures, while Councilwoman Carmen Montano Councilmen Bob Nuñez and Anthony Phan voted against the proposals. The rent control ordinance under consideration this week would have capped rents based on the rate of inflation. Under “just cause” ordinances, landlords can only file evictions based on a specific list of reasons and must be able to prove those reasons in court or… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has launched a survey in its efforts to improve San Jose’s rental housing inspection program. Specifically, CAA Tri-County wants to hear from owners of rental property in San Jose that have been placed in either the “Tier 3” or “Tier 2” code enforcement categories.  Under San Jose’s Multiple Housing Program, apartment buildings are divided into tiers based on the number of violations per unit of the buildings. Each tier has a different inspection cycle and fee structure, with the fewest inspections and lowest fees for Tier 1 and the greatest for Tier 3. Although the city… Read More

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