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Over the objections of CAA and rental property owners, the Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday imposed a temporary rent control measure, effective immediately.

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The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will vote on a temporary rent control measure that would take effect immediately upon approval. To pass, the Urgency Rent Moratorium Ordinance requires approval from four out of five council members. The California Apartment Association urges its members in Sebastopol to voice their opposition to this draconian housing policy at the Nov. 1 meeting. See the agenda here. It is critical that the City Council understand that: Rent control isn’t an affordable housing program; it will not build one new unit of housing nor will it bring rents down. Most renters in Sebastopol would… Read More

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After confirming the success of a signature-gathering effort to stop Santa Rosa rent control, election officials now say they certified the petition prematurely and need to conduct a hand count of signatures. On Oct. 14, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters confirmed that petitioners had collected the necessary 8,485 signatures to qualify a referendum on Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause-for-eviction ordinance.

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Citing pending litigation, the California Apartment Association has urged Marin County supervisors to defer work on an ordinance that would force rental property owners to participate in the Section 8 program. Despite CAA’s objections, county supervisors are scheduled to formally adopt such a law at their Nov. 8 meeting. The board granted preliminary approval of the proposal, an “ordinance to establish source of income protection,” on Oct. 25. Yet as the Board of Supervisors considers its measure, the city of Santa Monica is embroiled in a lawsuit challenging its adoption of a similar ordinance. Mallori Spilker, CAA’s vice president of… Read More

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Participation in voucher program should remain voluntary  The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider “source of income protections” for prospective renters that would essentially require rental housing owners to participate in the Section 8 program. Supervisors can grant preliminary approval of the proposal during their Tuesday, Oct. 25, meeting. A second vote at a later date is required for formal adoption.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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