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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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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

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CAA partners with county, Housing Authority on affordable housing solutions Over the past several months, CAA North Coast and the Marin Income Property Association (MIPA) chapter have been working alongside the Marin Housing Authority and County Board of Supervisors on policy solutions to preserve affordable housing in the region. These efforts began in February 2016, when Marin County supervisors abandoned plans for rent control and just-cause eviction, opting instead for CAA-supported alternatives, including voluntary rent guidelines and a landlord-incentive program. CAA North Coast has been actively working with Marin County supervisors to develop voluntary rent guidelines, set to be completed… Read More

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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

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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

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