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The San Jose City Council on Tuesday, June 16, will discuss whether to move forward with amendments to the city’s rent control ordinance. The discussion is set for about 3 p.m. at San Jose City Hall, Council Chambers, 200 E. Santa Clara St. Among the proposed changes: Reducing the current 8 percent limit on rent increase Eliminating the debt service pass through Enacting a just cause eviction law Mandating rental owners accept Section 8 vouchers CAA Tri-County encourages local rental property owners to attend this meeting and speak against this proposal. A “show of force” in the audience will send … Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday rejected a temporary rent control measure after giving the public just one day’s notice that it would vote on the proposal. The council scheduled the vote with just 24 hours public notice by declaring it an “urgency ordinance,” or a law “for preserving the public peace, health or safety.” An urgency ordinance, which can take effect right away, has a steeper approval threshold — five of seven votes. With little time to react, the California Apartment Association quickly called upon its members to attend the meeting and voice their concerns. This article in… Read More

Tagged: North Bay

Landlords on Wednesday publicly argued against a proposal to expand San Jose’s rent control law. More than 30 rental property owners objected to City Councilman Raul Peralez’s plan, which would extend the reach of rent control in several ways. Most alarming, his proposal would limit rent increases to 4 percent annually, half of the current 8 percent cap. Some said this constraint would make it difficult to cover their own rising expenses. After all, no such caps are being proposed for utility bills, property repairs or city fees. The owners’ comments came during the City Council’s Rules and Open Government… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

The Lafayette City Council on Monday will discuss a proposed emergency moratorium that would limit rent increases. Lafayette is pondering such a move after the new owner of an apartment building, faced with costly renovations, imposed major rent hikes. Residents, confronted with substantial rent increases for the first time in years, complained to the city. The moratorium could initially last 45 days and then could be extended twice, bringing the maximum possible duration of the emergency measure to two years, according to this memo from the city attorney. Besides the temporary moratorium, Lafayette is considering whether to pursue permanent rent… Read More

Tagged: Contra Costa

Amid temporary landlord concessions, the vice mayor of Richmond on Tuesday night removed his proposal for short-term emergency rent control from the City Council agenda. Vice Mayor Jael Myrick pulled the proposal after receiving numerous letters from local rental owners who voluntarily offered to hold rent increases on existing residents to no more than 10 percent while the California Apartment Association and the city pursue a permanent solution to the city’s housing issues. In light of local owners’ commitment to limit rent increases, it was obvious that Myrick would lack the necessary six votes to pass the emergency ordinance. Despite… Read More

Tagged: Contra Costa

A proposal that would cap rent increases for qualifying seniors in rent controlled communities has a new author in the state Legislature. Originally, this proposal was the centerpiece of AB 697 by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose. At the request of the California Apartment Association, however, Chu removed all wording from the bill related to rent increase exemptions for seniors. Instead, the bill would now simply provide a tax credit for senior citizens. The Service Employees International Union, which is behind the proposed cap on rent increases for qualifying seniors, then turned to Assemblywoman Nora Campos to incorporate this plan… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

After hearing from about 20 landlords about the pitfalls of rent control, San Mateo County supervisors Tuesday expressed unease regarding the policy. While reluctant to pursue this approach, supervisors stopped short of scrapping the idea, asking staff to return with more information on how rent control works. In the meantime, the board will explore more sensible methods to boost housing affordability, including ideas supported by the California Apartment Association. Related content: San Mateo County supervisors deal blow to rent control hopes (Daily Democrat) Rent control enthusiasm low: San Mateo County supervisors support other proposals to address housing crisis (The Daily… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

Thanks in part to advocacy efforts by the California Apartment Association, the Huntington Beach City Council has reversed its decision to place a rent control measure on the November ballot. The council voted 4 to 3 on Monday, Aug. 11, to repeal the ballot measure, one month after voting to put the proposal before voters. The measure, if it had gone to voters and been approved, would have authorized the council to implement rent-stabilization guidelines for mobile home parks. “We are happy to see that rent control will not come to Huntington Beach anytime soon,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director… Read More

Tagged: Orange County