Santa Rosa council to discuss rent control, possible moratorium on rent increases


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 the policy changes came from City Council members Julie Combs and Chris Coursey.

Please click here to review the preliminary meeting agenda. Report Item 14.1 can be found on Page 6. If you are interested in speaking during the public comment portion of the City Council meeting, please contact CAA North Coast’s executive director, Mallori Spilker, at

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.
  • Any form of rent control is unfair and will cost the city millions of dollars annually.
  • Just cause eviction forces all housing providers to prove a renter is violating their lease or doing something illegal before a political body or in court
  • Just cause eviction limits a housing provider’s ability to keep their residents safe. Most importantly, it does not address the demand for affordable housing.

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