Taking a page from Marin County, the San Rafael City Council this week agreed to continue studying “just cause” eviction and mandatory mediation policies.

City staff highlighted both ideas in a report on “renter protections” delivered to the council Monday.

At the meeting, the California Apartment Association reiterated its opposition to just cause, which forces landlords to prove that at least one of several specified conditions exist before evictions can proceed. Such policies drag out the eviction process and make it more difficult and costly to terminate tenancies.

Alex Khalfin, CAA’s vice president for the North Bay area, told the council that …

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