by Lynda Carson, IndyBay
Dec 14th, 2016 6:30 PM
After a long hard struggle of opposition against the California Apartment Association, landlords, realtors and speculators, the “Richmond Fair Rent, Just Cause for Eviction, and Homeowner Protection Ordinance,” known as Measure L, was passed by the voters on November 8. Renter protection ballot measures were passed by the voters in three Bay Area cities on November 8, including Richmond.
The Richmond City Council is expected to certify the results of the November 8 election, that passed Measure L, at it’s December 20, 2016, City Council meeting, and the ordinance will become effective on December 30. The ordinance is expected to protect tens of thousands of renters against landlords involved in price gouging, and eviction-for-profit schemes.
Richmond voters to decide on rent control in November
By KARINA IOFFEE, East Bay Times
July 14, 2016 at 3:40 pm
RICHMOND — The fate of rent control in Richmond will be decided by voters in November after a successful signature-gathering drive by supporters.
The small victory comes after nearly two years of battles, during which the City Council passed a rent control and just cause for eviction ordinance only to rescind it when the California Apartment Association launched a petition drive last fall to repeal it.
Last summer, Richmond became the first California city to pass a rent control measure in 30 years. But the ordinance was quickly suspended after opponents organized the repeal effort, causing confusion among both renters and landlords, many of whom thought rent control was in effect.
Getting the issue on the ballot, already crowded with at least 17 state initiatives, was hailed as a victory by the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which has three members on the City Council; the Alliance of Communities for Community Empowerment (ACCE); and SEIU Local 1021.
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