The notice of intent, signed by Daysog, Maria Dominguez and James Smallman indicates that the purpose is “to limit relocation fees to extremely low-income, very low-income, low-income or moderate-income tenants, change the relocation fee formula, and exempt small ‘mom and pop’ landlords who reside in the City of Alameda from relocation fee requirement for specific instances when moving-in family members.”
The filing is a response to an ordinance enacted by Alameda City Council early last month, intended to moderate rising rents and renter displacements; in council deliberation over that ordinance, Daysog repeatedly tried to build in concessions for “mom and pop” landlords.
The language of the initiative itself remarks that “an Alameda homeowner of a single-family residence who has a 1-bedroom accessory unit (also known as a ‘carriage unit’ or ‘granny flat’) in her backyard that has been rented to the same unrelated person for four years will have to pay $10,300 in ‘relocation fees’ to the tenant if the homeowner seeks to move-in in an emergency a family member (such as an elderly parent).”
The initiative would set the relocation fee to one month’s rent, plus $1,500, adjusted for inflation.
Backers of this initiative will be out on Alameda streets collecting signatures along with with supporters of a tenant activist-back petition, which seeks to put on the November ballot an initiative that veers in the opposite direction, towards more strict rent controls and higher relocation fees.
The full text of this latest initiative, styled lengthily as “A Charter Amendments Initiative To Limit Relocation Fees to Lower- or Moderate-Income Tenants, Change the Relocation Fee Formula, and Exempt Small ‘Mom and Pop’ Landlords Who Reside in the City of Alameda From Relocation Fee Requirements For Specific Instances When They Are Moving-In Family Members,” is reproduced below.