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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

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The Santa Rosa City Council next week will consider adopting an “urgency” just-cause-for-eviction ordinance, which would require rental property owners to prove “cause” in court or before a political body every time they need to remove a problem resident. An “urgency” ordinance, on the Tuesday, July 19 agenda, would require a five-vote majority for passage and would take effect immediately. If the urgency ordinance fails to garner the necessary five votes, a “non-urgency” just-cause-eviction ordinance will be introduced and would only require four votes, and if passed at a second reading, would take effect 30 days later. CAA opposes this… Read More

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A special Santa Rosa City Council meeting was held on July 7 to consider an extension of the current rent moratorium ordinance, which went into effect on June 23. (Please note: The moratorium was scheduled to go into effect June 16, but was pushed back due to a delay in publication by the city). The moratorium was set to expire Aug. 6 unless extended. At the July 7 meeting, council voted 5-2 to pass an “urgency” ordinance to extend the current rent moratorium for 90 days. The rent moratorium will now be in place until Oct. 4, 2016. A permanent… Read More

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Although Santa Rosa has lifted its mandatory drought restrictions, the city will continue to help rental housing owners and managers conserve water. The restrictions had been in place for nearly two years when the city removed them last month. Santa Rosa now has adequate and reliable water supply for the next three years. Santa Rosa Water, however, will keep promoting water efficiency, offering rebates, workshops, education and tips to its customers, including multifamily properties. For more information, contact the Water Use Efficiency team at (707) 545-3985 or wue@srcity.org.   Also, check out these tips on water efficiency in apartments from Indoor… Read More

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CAA North Coast would like to thank the sponsors and attendees at our inaugural PAC fundraiser. Over 50 attendees, including local elected officials, candidates and local business affiliates, attended PAC Derby Day at Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa. The May 19 Derby-themed evening included networking and fun. Attendees donned large hats, colorful dresses, and even jockey costumes, competing for our “Best Dressed” contest. Your generous contributions helped us reach our fundraising goal of $25,000. Thanks again to our generous sponsors: Winners Circle: Pine Creek Properties Triple Crown: North Bay Association of REALTORS Renaissance Housing Communities Woodmont Real Estate Services California… Read More

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Starting June 16, many owners of  multifamily housing in Santa Rosa will face a 3 percent cap on rent increases. The council preliminarily approved the 45-day measure May 10 and ratified it May 17, despite fierce opposition from the California Apartment Association North Coast. Hundreds of rental owners opposed the measure through letters, emails and phone calls. Members and staff testified against the moratorium at council meetings, saying it would hurt small businesses and drive a wedge between property owners and the city. Click here to see video of testimony against the moratorium. Renter advocates said it will  keep rents… Read More

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Beginning June 1, 2016, rental agreements for properties with wood-burning heaters or fireplaces  throughout the San Francisco Bay Area must include a document describing the health hazards from burning wood or any solid fuel as a source of heat. The disclosure document is required within the boundaries of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which includes all of the following counties: Napa, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin, and part  of Solano and Sonoma counties.  Exact boundaries can be found here. The disclosure requirement is part of the air quality district’s wood smoke rule,… Read More

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In mid-June, the city of Santa Rosa is expected to impose a moratorium on rent increases of more than 3 percent on the city’s older multifamily housing. The measure, which won preliminary approval from the council Tuesday, May 10, is intended to limit rent increases while city staff drafts a permanent rent control and just-cause eviction ordinance, a process that could take several months. Greenlighted on a 4-2 vote, the temporary ordinance applies the 3 percent rent cap cumulatively over a 12-month period. So, while the moratorium is in effect, a landlord who’s already increased rent by 3 percent or… Read More

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Despite over six hours of public comment from stakeholders and strong opposition from local rental owners, the Santa Rosa City Council on May 3 voted 4-3 to direct city staff to draft a rent control and just-cause eviction ordinance. “CAA North Coast would like to thank our members that attended the meeting and spoke out against rent control and just-cause evictions,” said Mallori Spilker,  local CAA executive director. “Your advocacy efforts are greatly appreciated.” A rent control ordinance would prohibit rent increases from exceeding a fixed percentage annually, which was determined to be 3 percent. Rent control would only apply… Read More

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The Santa Rosa City Council next week will discuss rent control, just cause for eviction — and a possible moratorium on rent increases. The discussion, scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, at City Hall, comes one month after the Santa Rosa Rent Stabilization Subcommittee voted 2-1 to recommend the measures. Owners and managers of rental units in Santa Rosa are urged to attend Tuesday’s meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. If the council follows the subcommittee’s recommendations, the most immediate impact would be an urgency ordinance halting any rent increases for 45 days. The subcommittee votes for… Read More

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