The South Pasadena City Council has decided against establishing a rental registry for multifamily units. The decision Wednesday followed a review of a staff report and public comments.

Council members expressed opposition to the rent registry program, citing concerns about its cost and efficacy in promoting housing. The California Apartment Association highlighted these issues before the decision.

“City Council understood our message that rent registry programs are expensive and do nothing to build housing,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA.

The council’s rejection of a rent registry is a step forward for CAA, especially considering that the council is set to discuss rent stabilization later this year.