San Jose: Leaders Reject Proposal to Tie Rent Increases in Certain Units to Inflation

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Ramona Giwargis
San Jose Mercury News

Instead of amending the city’s rent control law, Councilman Tam Nguyen said housing officials should focus on creating more affordable housing — and stop “pounding” on the landlords. But Councilman Raul Peralez argued that new housing developments take years to approve and build — and Nguyen last year voted against an affordable housing project in his district on Senter Road.

“When you’re talking about a city that has 4,000 homeless people — waiting 10 or 15 years to get those homes can’t be the only solution,” Peralez said.

Also on Tuesday, the San Jose council approved a registry to track rents in rent-controlled units and a proposal to allow renters to add new tenants to their leases without fearing eviction. The rules, which apply to all apartments, would limit tenants to two adults per bedroom and an unlimited number of kids — as long as they meet housing code limits.

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