According to a press release from the City of Alameda last week, the ordinance doesn’t set a cap on rent increases, but, instead, sets a 5 percent threshold above which landlords will be required to initiate a rent mediation process.
If mediation fails, the ordinance provides for a hearing with a binding resolution through the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee. The binding resolution would not apply to rental units built before February 1st, 1995, in accordance with state law.
The ordinance also limits “no cause” evictions, and requires landlords pay relocation assistance for “no cause” and “no fault” evictions, such as a lease termination to enable the move-in of a family member.
The city’s press release summarized provisions of the ordinance:
- Requirement for landlords to offer a one-year lease to new tenants and, if rent is increased, to existing tenants;
- Limit rent increases to no more than one per year;
- No cause evictions permitted with limitations;
- Tenant relocation assistance for certain types of evictions;
- Preparation and approval of a Capital Improvement Plan prior to evicting tenants for substantial rehabilitation;
- Monetary penalties and enforcement; and
- An annual review of the ordinance and a sunset provision.
But local tenants affiliated with the Alameda Renters Coalition have denounced the ordinance as providing insufficient protections for renters, taking to social media to tweet pictures of protests outside of the homes of the mayor and other council members.
Anticipating a large crowd, city officials have booked the Kofman Auditorium at Alameda High School for tomorrow’s meeting, which starts at 7:00 p.m.