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Apartment Association Urges Alameda Landlords to Keep Rent Increases Reasonable

The California Apartment Association has sent a letter to Alameda landlords encouraging reasonable rent increases.

The California Apartment Association has sent a letter to Alameda landlords encouraging reasonable rent increases.

Fighting a rear-guard action against tenant activists gaining momentum toward increased legislation around rent increases, the California Apartment Association has addressed a letter to Alameda landlords urging reason and sensitivity when it comes to rent increases.

The letter references recent changes to Alameda’s rent mediation ordinance and argues that, “rental property owners working together, following the current laws, and employing a dose of sensitivity and practicality can reduce the calls for measures like rent control—a policy that has failed to produce affordable and well maintained housing.”

The new ordinance, which goes into effect next month, allows tenants to appeal any rent increase to the City of Alameda Rent Advisory Committee. It also requires landlords, when noticing tenants of rent increases, to also provide notice of the city’s rent review process.

However, in discussion on an Alameda-themed Facebook group this past week, Jason Buckley, a member of the Alameda Renters Coalition, termed the new ordinance, “a toothless modification to a non-binding rent mediation process.”

The renters coalition is pushing for a moratorium on rent increases, and, ultimately, rent control.

The apartment association is trying to stave off further government intervention, cautioning landlords that rent increases more than 10 percent are not reasonable, advising them to provide 90-day notices of rent increases and encouraging them to be sensitive to tenants when noticing rent increases.

The letter to landlords is reproduced below.

Message to Alameda Landlords From CAA

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