As assumed by most people watching the whole rental housing discussion, ensuing ordinance passed by the City Council, and then the subsequent ballot initiatives there were going to be some families that fell through the cracks left by the City Council. Mostly the families that currently occupied Costa Hawkins exempt units like single family homes and units built after a certain date.
On the agenda for the City Council next week is the case of a family at the mercy of the landlord — looks like one of those local Alameda based mom n’ pop variety — who is raising the rent $550 after three years of annual $250 rent increases.
The RRAC did agree that the $550 increase per month was excessive and recommended a $275 rent increase instead.
I will point out that this $275 increase — which was supposed to be staggered over two six-month period — reflects a 10% rent increases which was sort of the complaint that the Renters Coalition had about the RRAC in the first place.
Here’s the rental history:
As mentioned in the staff report, these tenants weren’t protected before the City Council ordinance was passed, nor are they protected after the passed ordinance. The best thing that the City can do at this point is send a letter urging that the landlord abide by the decision of the RRAC but, of course, this is voluntary.
So much for the narrative that the major culprits of unsustainable rent increases are large out of town faceless corporations.