Rent control

Moratorium on Oakland Rent Control Exemption Extended

A moratorium on what some are calling a loophole to Oakland’s rent control ordinances is being extended another six months as city officials figure out a permanent solution.

Before the moratorium, the exemption allowed landlords to raise rents after making repairs to their property.

City Council members voted Tuesday for the extension, which will go into effect after the original moratorium — passed in November — expires. It is scheduled for a final reading April 17.

Rent Control Gains Traction As Housing Costs 'Crush' Tenants

Clipboards in hand, signature-gatherers are fanning out across four Southern California cities this month, turning up at supermarkets and metro stops and apartment complexes to pitch a measure for the November ballot that they say will be salvation for renters.

But for landlords, their pitch is blasphemy.

At issue is whether the cities of Long Beach, Inglewood, Glendale and Pasadena should join a tiny band of California cities that already have rent control and “just cause” eviction laws that prevent landlords from ousting tenants in good standing.

San Diego Group Calling for Rent Control

A San Diego group is calling for the city to take emergency action to help control the ever-rising cost to rent.

San Diego Tenants United plans to speak to the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee during public comment Tuesday.

The tenant group will ask the committee to invoke a government code that would slow the rate of rent increase.

The group says San Diego policymakers have made it easier to build housing over the last year and now it’s time to start protecting renters.

Long Beach Rent Control Questions Spark Debate at City Council

A City Council request for answers about how rent control could impact Long Beach and its government brought both sides of the issue out to state their cases Tuesday night.

Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw brought the matter to the council, saying the city needs answers before a petition drive puts rent control on the ballot.

The move was in response to a petition drive organized by Housing Long Beach. The proposition, which is in the signature-gathering stage, would impose rent control citywide.

Pasadena Tenants Union Hosts Public Rent Control Forum, Ramps Up Signature Collection Effort for Ballot Initiative

“Rent control is a moral, ethical, and human issue,” said tenant organizer Walter Senterfitt Tuesday evening, in laying out his position at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Forum on rent control.

Continued Senterfitt, “Rent control is a human right,” as he laid out a brief history of rent control in Southern California. Senterfitt was joined at the speakers table by Allison Henry of the Pasadena Tenants Union and attorney Frank Broccolo.

Oakland Sues Landlord Over Rent Increase

Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker said Tuesday that she and Centro Legal de la Raza have filed suit against a landlord who they allege attempted to illegally increase his tenant's rent by pretending he had moved into the downstairs unit of a duplex.

Parker said such schemes have become common as Oakland's housing crisis persists, with some landlords using sham "owner move-ins" as a tactic to evade Oakland's just cause for eviction and rent control laws.

Pasadenans Organizing for Progress Endorses Rent Control Initiative and Repeal of Costa Hawkins

The Board of Directors of Pasadenans Organizing for Progress voted unanimously Tuesday to fully endorse the Pasadena Tenants Union initiative campaign to amend the Pasadena City Charter to establish rent control. The Amendment would also establish a Rental Housing Board and establish just cause eviction criteria according to which tenants may be evicted.

Pasadena Group Collecting Signatures for Rent Control Initiative

The Pasadena Tenants Union (PTU) was scheduled to host a meeting this week on the local rent control movement. Fifty-seven percent of Pasadena residents are renters, according to the PTU, and 42.9 percent are homeowners. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Pasadena has risen more than 51.7 percent in the past six years, with rents on some one bedroom apartments totaling as much as $2,200.

Glendale Tenants Union

We answer emails and calls on a regular basis and we have meetings open to community members on the first and third Wednesday of every month. To attend meetings, email or call to be sent a zoom link. 

Our meetings are in Spanish, English and Armenian.

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