Rent control

Oakland: City Council Approves Temporary Moratorium on Rent Hikes

The City Council approved a temporary moratorium on rent hikes to try to stop the avalanche of displacements impacting many renters throughout the city. The council voted unanimously for the moratorium after first hearing from hundreds of speakers Tuesday night and into the wee hours Wednesday.


The moratorium, a 90-day emergency ordinance that ties the annual allowable rent increase to the consumer price index, provides the city an opportunity to do outreach so tenants know and can exercise their rental rights, City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney said.

How Banks and Developers Collude to Get Rid of New York's Affordable Housing

Kim Powell has lived in West Harlem all her life, most of it in her rent-regulated apartment. The 53-year-old remembers cruising the neighborhood in her father’s car as a kid, looking at the gutted and burned-out buildings of the 1970s. But over the last two decades many of the homes and shops in Powell’s neighborhood have been restored. As early as the 2000s, gentrified Harlem was on the entire country’s radar as Bill Clinton set up offices for his foundation in the neighborhood.

Rent Control Spreads from Pricey San Francisco to Suburbs

Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning.

But this year, the 77-year-old retired city gardener will be knocking on doors in Alameda to persuade voters of this maritime city on San Francisco Bay to support a citizen initiative to cap rent increases. Last June, the rent on his one-bedroom flat increased 24 percent to $1,300, leaving him $289 a month for utilities, food and other expenses.

'Limited' Rent Control Plan Backed by Santa Rosa Council Committee

Rent control in Santa Rosa now looks much more likely following a key vote Thursday that revealed a majority of City Council members appear to back the controversial housing policy.

A three-member subcommittee charged with exploring various options to rein in rising rents voted 2-1 in favor of recommending the full council adopt a modern form of rent control known as rent stabilization.

Advocates of Richmond Rent Control to Begin Gathering Signatures for Ballot Measure Saturday

A group advocating for rent control in Richmond said it will begin gathering signatures on Saturday with the goal of placing the policy on the November ballot.

The group, which calls itself Fair and Affordable Richmond, needs to gather 4,198 signatures from city voters to qualify its ballot measure. It will hold a kick-off event for the signature gathering effort on Saturday, 11 a.m. at Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave. Signature gatherers will be going door to door in neighborhoods.

Richmond Activists Kick Off Renter Protection Signature-Gathering Campaign on Saturday

On Saturday March 19th, it will be a big day for the coalition group “Fair and Affordable Richmond”, as they start their signature gathering campaign to place their Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction Protection ballot measure on the November ballot. The Coalition will have until June to gather 4,198 signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

Community members involved in the renter protection campaign will be meeting at Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801, on Saturday morning, March 19, at 11am.

San Jose Mayor and Council Members Express Mixed Views on Rent Control Proposals

Hundreds of San Jose residents packed a high school auditorium Monday night to hear the mayor and council members answer questions about proposed changes to the city's rent control ordinance, which covers around 43,000 units built before 1979.

The meeting took place at Overfelt High School and was organized by People Acting Together in Community, a network of religious congregations from San Jose and elsewhere that is active in social justice issues. PACT is part of the tenant advocacy group the Silicon Valley Renters' Association.

Residents Want Rent Control in San Diego

Rebecca Schulman loves living in Ocean Beach.

"I have ocean views, you know that's pretty nice, great little sunset out there," said Schulman. The glimpse of the sunset that she sees from her kitchen window doesn't come cheap.

She pays $1,750 a month for her one bedroom apartment above a garage on Saratoga Avenue.

"Pretty much everyone else in the country is like, 'I don't know how you do it, how is it possible?'" said Schulman. Still, she feels like it's a deal compared to what her last landlord pulled.

Alameda Renters Coalition filing ballot initiative 2/29/16 at 4 p.m. at Alameda City Hall

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) will file the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment” initiative at Alameda City Hall Monday for inclusion on the November ballot in response to a crisis of mass evictions and average rent increases of more than fifty percent over a span of only four years.

ARC spokesperson Catherine Pauling says, "We are filing this initiative so the people of Alameda can do what its City Council has been unable to do: enact a firm set of laws to stabilize our community and protect renters from greedy investors."

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