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A petition to overturn rent control in Santa Rosa collected enough valid signatures from voters to bring the city’s ordinance to a halt, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters has confirmed. On Friday, Oct. 14, election officials certified that 9,355 valid signatures had been collected, more than the 8,485 signatures required to stop the city’s rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinance.
Council also looking at just-cause eviction, immediate rent moratorium The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday began what is likely to be a lengthy conversation regarding rent control and just-cause eviction policies. At the Oct. 18, 2016, meeting, the council asked city staff to bring back some “options” for preserving affordable housing and preventing tenant displacement, including rent control and just cause.
A signature-gathering effort is preventing Santa Rosa’s rent control ordinance from taking effect, at least for now. The city was set to implement permanent rent control and just-cause-for-eviction measures Friday, Sept. 30, however, a referendum effort has placed implementation of the policies on hold.
On Aug. 30, 2016, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a comprehensive ordinance imposing rent control, limiting evictions, and imposing relocation requirements on most residential rental properties. The law takes effect Sept. 30, 2016. To help members understand and comply with the new law, CAA has drafted guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions on this ordinance. Members can download this information here. CAA has also prepared Santa Rosa-specific forms to help members comply with the various disclosure and noticing requirements contained in the ordinance. Members can download them from our website: Santa Rosa Rent Control Q&A Santa Rosa 3-Day… Read More
The California Apartment Association is reviewing its options after the Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday ratified a permanent rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinance. The cap on annual rent increases exceeding 3 percent will apply to more than 11,000 apartments built before 1995. Single-family homes, duplexes and triplexes are excluded, regardless of age. The law, formally adopted on a 4-2 vote, takes effect Sept. 30 and extends indefinitely a temporary rent control ordinance in place since May. The permanent law also rolls back rents to Jan. 1, 2016, levels, a move that CAA contends violates both the state and U.S.… Read More
Despite vigorous opposition from CAA and the Santa Rosa business community, housing providers in the city are facing rent control for the long haul. After imposing the policy on a temporary basis, the City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 16, voted 4-2 to keep it in place. In May, the Santa Rosa council approved a moratorium on rent increases over 3 percent on pre-1995 multifamily housing. The council’s vote Tuesday, after a first reading, is positioned to extend the rent cap indefinitely. Assuming the ordinance is ratified after a second reading Aug. 30, it would take effect Sept. 30. The ordinance,… Read More
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 16, will review ordinances intended to impose permanent rent control and just-cause eviction policies on the city’s rental housing providers. Currently, certain Santa Rosa housing providers are subject to a rent increase moratorium until Oct. 4, 2016. If rent control passes a “first reading” on Aug. 16, and is adopted on Aug. 30, a continual and permanent 3 percent cap on annual rent increases will be in effect beginning Sept. 29, 2016. View the draft ordinance here. Although Santa Rosa voted to pass a just-cause for eviction ordinance on July 19, the… Read More
A ballot measure that would provide a greater variety of affordable housing options in Healdsburg is heading to voters this fall. The City Council on July 18 voted to place the Healdsburg Housing Measure on the November ballot. At numerous community outreach meetings over the past two years, Healdsburg residents have repeatedly requested changes to the city’s Growth Management Ordinance, or GMO, which was adopted in 2000. The California Apartment Association supports the Healdsburg Housing Measure, which would help provide the city with a greater variety of housing, such as multi-family rental units, small-lot and higher-density projects. This would boost… Read More
Update: A permanent rent control and just-cause eviction measure are now on the Aug. 16 agenda for the council’s consideration. Although Santa Rosa passed a just-cause for eviction ordinance Tuesday night, the council failed to garner the five votes needed to enact the ordinance immediately. Facing opposition from the California Apartment Association, an effort to impose the policy on the city’s entire rental housing stock also fell short. Just-cause policies require rental property owners to prove “cause” in court or before a political body every time they need to remove a problem resident. Lacking the needed support for an urgency… Read More