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February 16, 2016

Data neverminding

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

I think this flow chart that City Staff put together is helpful to kinda sorta understanding the process that tenants and landlords will go through if there is a rent increase.  Although, as an aside, I still do not understand why the City –per consensus on the City Council — is opting to not capture more data about the state of rents in the City as a whole.  If the City is going to create the new bureaucracy anyway it might as well go full ass.  Given that the City can opt to create a baseline of rent rates by asking each landlord to state the current rent and length of tenancy of current tenant, it would be easy enough when landlords send in their per unit renewal to answer one additional question of: what is the current rent.  Then every year the City would be able to track very specific data of the outlook of the rental housing market in Alameda.  If the next year the landlord chooses to raise the rent by an amount under the trigger it would be tracked in the next year when the fee is paid.  That way if the trend is 4.99% rent increases to avoid the mandatory RRAC noticing then perhaps the City Council may need to revisit the process.

It may be that the data reveals that the average rent increase is only 1 or 2% but better to know definitively then to make assumptions based on anecdotal “good landlord” stories.

But I digress, anyway, I think that the flow chart is helpful from a “what goes to RRAC” standpoint:

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This is how the eviction process would work, the letters that you see are the types of evictions:

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F is Owner move in

G is Demolition

I is Withdrawal from Rental Market

J is Compliance with governmental order

I have to say it’s rather interesting that the City is estimating that about 350 units aka 350 families will be evicted for some reason in a year.  And these aren’t even the for cause nuisance type evictions.

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1 Comment

  1. Note: 5% increases do not require landlord to initiate a RRAC hearing. No need for lots of 4.99% increases like there are currently lots of 7.9% increases under the moratorium which bars increases of 8% or more.

    Comment by BMac — February 16, 2016 @ 9:47 am


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