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Rental Association Holds Meeting on Soft Story Ordinance

360 22nd Street, Suite 240 • Oakland, CA 94612
Ph 510.893.9873 • Fax 510.893.2906

ALERT: Open Parking Under Your Building?

New Ordinance Could Affect YOU!

Community Meeting on OCTOBER 9TH

Dear Alameda Property Owner:

The City of Alameda is proposing a new “soft story” ordinance that will have major impact
on the value of your property. A soft story apartment building is one with open parking
underneath, usually supported by steel poles. Such structures have been shown to be
particularly vulnerable to collapse in earthquakes.

The proposed ordinance includes provisions to:
1. Identify all soft story buildings with 5 or more units.
2. Establish retrofit standards
3. Require a structural assessment on all properties within 2 years
4. Require warning signs to be posted on property
5. Require a warning notice to be recorded on title
6. Require work to be completed

A. At time of sale
B. Upgrades of more than $100,000
C. Change of use
D. Prior to re-occupancy if building is vacant for more the 6 months

Safety of our residents is top priority and we must prepare for the next big quake. However,
this ordinance will have major financial consequences and could cost hundreds of thousands
of dollars per property. In addition, this could make soft story buildings difficult to sell and
finance, especially if there is a warning sign posted on your property and a warning notice
recorded on the title.

The Rental Housing Association of Northern Alameda County (RHANAC), a non-profit trade
association for landlords, and the Alameda Association of Realtors (AAR) have joined
together to represent the interests of our members with the City of Alameda. We
succeeded in removing this as an agenda item for the first reading of the ordinance
scheduled for October 7th. The city has also agreed to hold a public meeting about the
proposed ordinance and gather input from property owners as well as individuals in the
lending, insurance and structural engineering professions.

This is your opportunity to ask questions, voice your opinion, and influence an ordinance
that will impact you and your tenants. Please attend!

Community Meeting
Thursday, October 9, 2008 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak Street

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