Voters reject rent control in 3 of 5 cities

Voters in the November election rejected strict rent control laws in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda but approved them in Richmond and Mountain View.

In Burlingame and Alameda, voters rejected rent control by a roughly 2-1 margin. Ballots cast in favor of Burlingame’s Measure R garnered 33 percent of the vote, while yes votes for Alameda’s M1 earned 34 percent. In San Mateo, the rent control measure also failed decidedly, with Measure Q receiving just 39 percent approval.

Despite a strong campaign to defeat rent control, Richmond’s Measure L won approval with 64 percent of the vote. Among other things, Measure L has:

  • Rolled rents back to July 2015 levels
  • Limited rent increases to the rate of inflation (CPI)
  • Imposed strict eviction controls
  • Established a rent commission to oversee the rental housing industry in Richmond

Mountain View’s rent control initiative, Measure V, passed with 53 percent of the vote. Enforcement of the law is on hold pending a lawsuit challenging the measure’s constitutionality.

If utlimately implmeneted, Measure V, among other things, will:

  • Roll rents back to October 2015 levels
  • Cap rent increases between 2 percent and 5 percent per year based on CPI with banking unused increases up to 10 percent
  • Impose strict eviction controls
  • Require owners to allow family members of tenants to move in without a credit check so long as the occupancy standards are not exceeded
  • Establish a rent commission to oversee the rental housing industry in Mountain View.

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