News: North BayFilter
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.
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
On behalf of all of us at the California Apartment Association, our thoughts are with our members and their families, employees, neighbors, and residents who have lost their homes to the devastating fire in the North Bay Area. Recognizing the losses of many residents and the state of emergency that Sonoma and Napa County residents are facing, CAA is calling upon our members to show compassion for those who have lost their homes and, at a minimum, keep rents at current levels. CAA recognizes the demand for rental housing will escalate over the coming weeks as displaced families look for… Read More
The California Apartment Association is leading an effort to identify available housing for residents left homeless by the devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa counties. Some of the displaced families are looking for short-term (up to six months) housing, just long enough for their fire-damaged housing to be rehabilitated. Others are looking for long-term, permanent housing. As the need is great and varied, CAA is calling on the rental housing industry to help identify available units. CAA aims to provide the city of Santa Rosa, as well as Sonoma and Napa counties, with a comprehensive list of vacant units so… Read More
When voters rejected Measure C this past June, it put a protracted battle over rent control to rest in Santa Rosa. With the election behind us, it’s time to work together as a community and focus on real solutions that will provide affordable homes for local families in Sonoma County. Although Measure C was the highest-profile issue in the region this year, important issues for the rental housing industry are ongoing in the region. Here’s a quick update on several of them:
Members of the California Apartment Association are encouraged to attend a workshop next month focused on boosting affordable housing in Sonoma County. The informational discovery workshop, scheduled for Sept. 19, comes as the Rent Sonoma County Committee and local rental housing providers explore a partnership to increase the availability of units for low-income renters. The session is set to run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Development Commission Hearing Room, 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa.
After a strong grassroots campaign by the California Apartment Association and its allies, Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause eviction measure went down in defeat Tuesday. The people of Santa Rosa rejected Measure C with 52.5 percent of the vote, compared with 47.5 percent in favor of rent control. “Voters understood that Measure C would have come at high costs while assisting only a fraction of the population,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California. “Now, Santa Rosa can focus on the real solution to its housing crisis — building more homes.”