News: North BayFilter
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.
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.
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.
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.