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August 1, 2019

Full circle

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

About four years ago I posted a story about Alameda’s previous attempt at some sort of rent stabilization.

In 1985 a group of Alamedans almost qualified a ballot measure except for the fact that they didn’t circulate the ballot petition correctly.

The rent ordinance would have included the following:

  1. Annual rent hikes limited to 75% of previous calendar year’s increase in regional Consumer Price Index
  2. No rent increases for a year after the property is sold
  3. Only 13 specific reasons that would allow for an eviction
  4. Landlord responsibility for informing tenants of the law and providing detailed information about rent raises
  5. Landlord would have to supply names to tenants of all of tenants receiving rent raise as well as information about the Rent Review Advisory Committee

Interestingly enough we have number 4 in place.  Number 5 seems interesting but extremely loose around people’s privacy.  But number 1 is interesting in light of the ordinance that was just passed by this council.  In this case rent hikes are limited to less than what was being proposed in 1985: only 70% of CPI.

You can always keep track of what CPI is here.  Right now it’s set at 3.2, I’ve seen people quote 2.8% as the rent increase number which means they’re using 4.0 as the CPI number.  So it’s not clear if the number used will be the current CPI or if it’s set for a specific date in the given calendar year.

1 Comment »

  1. I believe the indefatigable Debbie Potter said they would use the April 1st number each year to set the rate for the following fiscal year. Something along those lines.

    Comment by cw — August 1, 2019 @ 11:48 pm


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