Long Beach city attorney clears signature-gathering for rent control measure

An effort to place rent control and eviction controls before Long Beach voters will soon enter the signature-gathering phase.

On Tuesday, the Long Beach city attorney gave petitioners the green light to begin collecting signatures for a measure titled the Long Beach Rent Control Ordinance.

Once rent control backers publish a notice of intent to gather signatures, they’ll have official clearance to hit the streets. To qualify the measure, need to gather more than 26,000 valid voter signatures in 180 days.

Tenant advocates in Long Beach have been working for several months to reach this point. Late last year, the group Housing Long Beach filed measure language, but it was rejected by the city attorney. The group refiled on Jan. 12.

The California Apartment Association is organizing housing providers and industry partners in the city to ensure that negative and counterproductive housing policies are defeated.

Price controls on the housing market have been proven failures wherever implemented, doing far more harm than good.

If you are interested in getting involved with this issue, please reach out to Fred Sutton, CAA’s vice president of public affairs, at Fsutton@caanet.org.

Fremont spurns rent control, elects to work on existing mediation program

In a victory for the apartment industry, the Fremont City Council on Tuesday opted against using rent control or just-cause eviction policies to address rising rents.

Instead, the council opted to focus on improving its current non-binding rent mediation program. City staff will report back in September with options to enhance the program.

The council gave this direction after hearing a consultant’s report on options for addressing the rising costs of rental housing.

About 40 representatives of the rental housing industry spoke at the meeting, responding to calls from the Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County, a chapter of CAA, as well as the Bay Area Housing Network.

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