Rent control

East Palo Alto: Landlords Can Increase Rent by 2.4% Starting July 1

It's still the most affordable city for renters in Silicon Valley, but it will become less so this summer.

The city of East Palo Alto on Wednesday approved a 2.4 percent rent increase for residents in its 6-year-old rent control program.

The change goes into effect when the 2016-17 fiscal year begins July 1.

East Palo Alto has approved increases each of the past five years. The 2.4 percent jump is the highest yet.

Decision Time on Rent Control for Santa Rosa City Council

After studying the idea for months, Santa Rosa appears poised to take its first definitive step toward imposing rent control, a controversial move supporters hope will protect residents from soaring rents but which landlords say will be “disastrous” unless overturned at the ballot box.

A sharply divided City Council on Tuesday will decide for the first time whether to tell staff to begin drafting a program that would set an annual cap on rent increases for apartments built before 1995, and if so, what that cap should be.

Much-Criticized Mediation Program Wins Council Approval

In a 4-3 vote, the Mountain View City Council gave the final nod to an ordinance creating a mandatory-mediation program for the city's rental housing despite many misgivings from its own supporters.

While critics blasted the new ordinance as ineffective, the approving majority stressed that it was more important to establish a program -- even an imperfect one -- so it could begin helping renters.

Task Force Data Reveal Details of San Mateo Housing

Although controversial renter protection measures overwhelmed the San Mateo City Council’s public consideration of recommendations made by its Housing Task Force earlier this month, the stakeholder group also released a report providing critical insight into the area’s red-hot housing market.

Key facts include that nearly half of the city’s housing stock is comprised of rentals, the vast majority of those currently residing in San Mateo cannot afford to buy a home today and prices have drastically increased as the city absorbs an influx of new jobs.

Tenant Protections Stall Again

The San Mateo City Council were again unable to achieve consensus and did not adopt tenant protection measures for residents struggling to stay in their homes after dozens of property owners spoke in opposition of a relocation assistance program they compared to rent control.

A tenants’ group opted not to come to Monday night’s meeting having vowed to place rent control in the city on the November ballot and the City Council seemed willing to let it go to the voters after failing for the second week to reach a consensus on how to address the impacts on renters.

San Jose Councilman: Landlords Should Pay To Move Displaced Tenants

As Silicon Valley's housing market heats up and tighter rent regulations from City Hall loom, landlords are trading rent-controlled units for market-rate housing faster than ever. Now one councilman wants them to pay to move displaced tenants.

The program, the first of its kind in San Jose, would require landlords to refund tenants' security deposits and pay relocation benefits to low- and very low-income households. The payout would be equal to three months of market-rate rent, said Councilman Chappie Jones, who released the plan Friday.

City Council Hits Impasse in Rental Resolution

The Mountain View City Council's preferred plan to ameliorate the city's rental crisis was delivered a setback after failing to secure enough votes in a second reading of a tentatively approved ordinance last month. While delayed for nearly a month, the rental ordinance is expected to pass with a majority when it is reviewed again at the end of April.

The proposed ordinance, dubbed the Rental-Housing Dispute Resolution Program, creates a mandatory mediation process, if requested, for renters and landlords for any rent increases beyond a certain threshold.

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