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Alameda City Council to Consider Enduring Rent Control Ordinances at January 5th Meeting

The January 5th Alameda City Council meeting will be held in the Kofman Auditorium at 2200 Central Avenue. (File Photo)

The January 5th Alameda City Council meeting will be held in the Kofman Auditorium at 2200 Central Avenue. (File Photo)

Seemingly responding to landlord complaints that rent control laws stay in effect longer than temporary market spikes that prompt their enactment, staff at City Hall have proposed enduring rent control ordinances that include sunset provisions.

Alameda City Council will consider three alternative ordinances at a meeting at the Kofman Auditorium on January 5th, each of which is a candidate to replace an urgency temporary rent control ordinance enacted in early November.

The staff report to council explains that “the first ordinance strengthens the City’s rent review process, places limitations on evictions and requires payment of relocation benefits for certain evictions. The second ordinance provides for rent stabilization, limitations on evictions, and payment of relocation benefits for certain evictions. The third ordinance provides for rent stabilization, a prohibition on “no cause” evictions, and payment of relocation benefits for certain evictions.”

All three ordinances include a sunset provision that would have them expire on December 31, 2019, unless extended by city council.

Additionally, the staff report notes, “unlike the previously adopted rent review ordinance, all three Ordinances impose significant fines and penalties against a landlord who violates the Ordinance, including misdemeanor charges (which carry with it the potential of serving time in jail) for illegal behavior that is ongoing or is egregious. The Ordinances also allow the City to enforce the Ordinance, including asking the court to assess penalties up to $10,000 per violation.”

As these ordinances are expected to require multiple public hearings, city council will also consider an ordinance extending the current temporary ordinance.

The council meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Kofman Auditorium. The meeting will not be broadcast on local cable television, but will be livestreamed on the Internet.

A summary of the three ordinances is reproduced from the city staff report below.

Summary of Proposed Rent Control Ordinances

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