News: Rent ControlFilter
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.
After the California Apartment Association qualified a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance, the City Council on Tuesday decided to put the issue before voters in a June 6 special election. The council had two other options: to repeal the law or place it before voters in November 2018.
After hearing from the California Apartment Association, the Menlo Park City Council has unanimously declined to study rent control and just-cause eviction policies. Instead, the council Tuesday agreed to study nearly 15 policies and programs to increase housing supply, help low-income families obtain affordable units, and develop a rental housing best-practices program for owners.
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.
Rent rollbacks and other new requirements won’t take effect Dec. 23 A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge today agreed with CAA’s request to halt implementation of Mountain View’s new rent control law, also known as Measure V. Following a legal challenge from the California Apartment Association, the judge approved a temporary restraining order preventing the city from implementing the rent control law pending hearings and subsequent court rulings in early 2017.
Election officials this week confirmed that enough signatures were collected to qualify a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance. Sonoma County’s registrar of voters counted 9,648 valid signatures, far more than the 8,485 needed for the referendum to qualify. The registrar first confirmed the success of the signature-gathering effort in mid-October. Later that month, however, the registrar determined that a hand count was needed to certify the results.
The California Apartment Association has prepared compliance information on the rent control laws approved by voters in Mountain View and Richmond in the Nov. 8 election. While the laws will likely face legal challenges, it’s important that property owners and managers understand the sweeping changes that voters approved. Use the links below to access the compliance papers. Mountain View’s Measure V Richmond’s Measure L
The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to extend its temporary rent control ordinance by six months. If the council approves the extension, all Sebastopol multifamily housing providers with units built before 1995 will face a 3 percent limit on annual rent increases until May 2017. The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to attend the Dec. 6 meeting. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Youth Annex/Teen Center, 425 Morris St.
The Concord City Council this week rejected a proposal to temporarily cap rent increases at 3 percent per year. The urgency measure Tuesday received two yes votes but needed four to pass. The failure of the proposed 45-day rent-increase moratorium came amid a cooldown in the Bay Area’s rental housing market. In Concord, rents have recently dropped for one-bedroom and three-bedroom units. “I really can’t, in my heart, find the urgency issue citywide,” said Mayor Hoffmeister, as reported in this East Bay Times article. Concord staff will now look into creating a mediation program to help resolve disputes between tenants… Read More