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July 20, 2015

Rent roh

Filed under: Alameda, Development, Public Resources — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

Two bits of news from outside Alameda, but definitely affects Alamedans.  If you are a member of the Alameda renters Coalition Facebook page there is tale after take of rent hikes and 60-day notices.  The first is from a city north of Alameda, from Santa Rosa which recently attempted to stem the tide through a form of rent control.  The proposals were defeated by a vote of 4 to 3.  From the Santa Rose Press Democrat:

But it rejected, also on a 4-3 vote, a proposal to temporarily bar landlords from increasing rents by more than 3 percent per year while the City Council discusses the larger issues of affordable housing at future meetings.

The close votes mirrored a deep division in the community about whether the city should address the issue through more regulation or less.

Regarding the moratorium, Combs stressed that she was only proposing the ideas to protect renters from landlords seeking to impose sharp hikes before rent control could be implemented. But a majority of council members felt that talking about rent control would spook landlords, exacerbating the very problem the council was trying to solve.

And from Berlin (Germany):

Barely a month after the German capital introduced a new set of rules that limits rent increases within a given area, figures collected by ImmobilienScout24 show that the average cost of new Berlin rental contracts has dropped 3.1 percent within a month.

The new law introduced on June 1st—called the mietpreisbremse or “rental price brake” in German—works like this. An overseeing body fixes a standard median rent per square meter for each city district, using figures based a biennial state census of rents. No new rental contract within the district is then permitted to charge over 10 percent more than this amount. This still means that price increases for new rentals are possible, but if they come, they happen far more slowly.

concerns that rent control will cause the supply of apartments to dry up have been partly appeased by a city-wide building program that should deliver 30,000 new rental apartments over the next decade.

And from another blog, this description of San Francisco could readily apply to Alameda:

The bureaucracy is unrelenting and the voting public hates new construction while it simultaneously demands more affordable housing. That combination doesn’t add up. And you can grow old and die waiting for affordable subsidized housing to be built.


  1. Just for your information the Rochester Opera House is available to rent.

    Additional Information:
    Call the ROH business office at (603) 332-2211 or E-mail

    Comment by jack — July 20, 2015 @ 1:06 pm

  2. maybe ROH means the Pay-per-view wrestling event?

    Comment by vigi — July 20, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

  3. Could be, vigi: In 2004, Feinstein was caught in an internet-based sting operation, in which he allegedly tried to solicit sex on the internet from a person that he thought to be an underage boy (but was actually an adult, posing as a minor).

    Feinstein could have been trying to rent a kid, (From your link) but her Doness is more interested in the price and availability of rental units and doesn’t think commuting to Germany is a viable option unless the landlord picks up the travel tab.

    Comment by jack — July 20, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

  4. I’m guessing Vigi and Jack haven’t watched Scooby Doo in awhile…Ruh Roh!

    Comment by Kristen — July 20, 2015 @ 6:36 pm

  5. “Ruh-roh” was first uttered by The Jetsons’ dog, Astro, in 1962.

    Comment by vigi — July 21, 2015 @ 9:22 am

  6. Wikipedia: The characteristic voices of Scooby and Astro are so similar that Astro’s signature phrase, “Ruh-roh!”, is popularly and improperly attributed to Scooby (as in “Ruh-roh, Raggy!”).

    Scooby-doo was basically a rip-off of Astro. I’m guessing the Jetsons’ ended before many of you were born.

    Comment by vigi — July 21, 2015 @ 9:32 am

  7. Supply and demand. A house in Bayport just sold for 1.5 million…this will keep happening because there is no supply. The rentals will disappear because people will sell them because it is not worth all the demands we are putting on the landlords and it is easier to just get rid of them. When someone buys a house that was a rental you can’t tell them they can’t live there because it was a rental. Prop 13 has a lot to do with it also…it is fine for a old landlord, but a new landlords has to pay the mortgage, huge property tax, and other expenses pass it on to the renters. My neighbors have a $1 million house and because they have been homeowners for a long time only pay on $300 thousand…it brothers me because new families, and 1st time homeowners pay so much more…along with student loans, kids, ect…we make it hard to become homeowners. I know my comment doesn’t really make sense…because we got our property tax assessment bill yesterday…and I am angry so I write more emotionally … something just isn’t fair…my next rage will be Trump…

    Comment by Jake. — July 23, 2015 @ 7:30 am

  8. Your comments don’t make any sense. If somebody wants to buy a 1.5mm house why should I get my prop taxes increased?

    Comment by jack — July 23, 2015 @ 9:47 am

  9. It probably didn’t Jack…the comment was why the rentals are going away. One person who is on this site has rentals and when they can make enough money to last…why have them anymore with all the new hoops…it is easier to sell them and not deal with the hassle…and new buyers won’t buy rentals because of the high costs. I was writing in a hurry so I combined 2 thoughts none of them complete.

    Comment by Jake. — July 23, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

  10. Rent Control is only half of the housing issue. Rent control, if enacted will allow some families to remain in their homes, however if the Bay Area continues down the path of zero housing growth, rent control could further tighten the rental market, which is why any rent control movement needs to work hand in hand with a movement to change attitudes towards more housing bay area wide.

    Comment by Angela Hockabout (@KnitLuck) — July 24, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

  11. You can’t change attitudes. Sorry, you’ll have to let them die out.

    Comment by jack — July 24, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

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