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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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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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