We Did It!

It’s official!  This morning members of the Alameda Community Preservation Coalition submitted more than 1,600 petitions with a total of 7,491 signatures to the Alameda City Clerk for the Alameda Homeowner & Private Property Rights Act.

 

This is an exciting day and symbolizes a major accomplishment for our coalition.  In just 30 days, a strong army of volunteers set out to collect thousands of signatures for this measure and because of your hard work, tireless dedication, and enthusiasm, we crossed the goal line.  You should all be very excited and proud of what was accomplished today.

 

Submitting the signatures begins a process where the County Registrar of Voters has 30 working days to verify the signatures and then return to the city with a certificate that the requisite number of signatures have been collected and verified.  In some instances, the County can take up to 60 working days to complete this task.

Stay tuned for updates.

Read the Proposed Rent Control Ballot Measure Carefully

There has been much talk about the ballot measure the Alameda Renters Coalition is trying to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.  The Alameda Preservation Coalition encourages everyone to read it.  It’s a proposed law developed by advocates for strict regulations that would prevent property owners from evicting criminals from an apartment, require huge payouts to have someone move, and cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.

It’s only about 20 pages long and,  in our opinion, would establish many new rules, programs, and costs for Alameda taxpayers.

Many of our members have read it numerous times and believe that if passed, this new rent control measure would:

  • Impose over 25 pages of new regulations on rental property owners even if they’re just renting out a room in their home or a single-family home;
  • Require landlords to file copies of EVERY rent increase, termination notice, change in terms with the rent board before serving them to the tenant
  • Create an elected rent board that can subpoena witnesses and evidence in rental disputes
  • Establish a RENT BOARD to conduct public hearings, set the fees on rental owners, and be immune from the City Council & City Manager
  • Make the courts as the final arbiter on landlord-tenant disputes
  • Set a fee of up to $120/rental unit to fund the program
  • Require $18,000 payouts to tenants just to make repairs to a home. Including single family homes
  • Creates extremely expensive boards to monitor punitive rules.
  • Not build one new unit of housing for our teachers , nurses and neighbors.

The views represented here are an interpretation of the measure in circulation by the Alameda Renters Coalition.  We encourage interested individuals to read the proposed measure and form their own opinions before signing the petition.

It’s Time for Real Solutions…

The U.S. Census Bureau reports over two-thirds of all apartment owners in the United States are individual property owners renting to their neighbors—not big corporations. For these folks, their rental income helps support their families, sends their children to college and provides security in retirement.

The discussions about rent control whether by the City Council or community groups are well intended but it will not solve the very issues facing our community . Quite simply, there is not enough housing for everyone who wants to live in our great city.

It is time to focus on productive solutions to expand the supply of housing, the City Council recently adopted a new law that will not only hurt the small property owners in Alameda, but it will also hurt renters, the very folks it intends to help.

Studies on the effects of rent control show that it makes it harder for working families to find homes by increasing the competition for available properties.  This interesting post from the California Apartment Association highlights some of the real problems with rent control.

Alameda Homeowners & Private Property Rights Act

Many people have heard that there is a new ballot measure in circulation that would protect the rights of Alameda homeowners.

It’s a simple, one-page law that would limit the city’s ability to impose restrictions on the price for which one sells or rents property in Alameda.

Read the Alameda Homeowners and Private Property Rights Act

Read the City of Alameda’s Title and Summary of the proposed measure

Rent Control Isn’t the Answer

Alameda’s current rent control ordinance will not create one new unit of housing nor will it ensure that those families who need housing assistance the most, get the help they need. Our community needs to work together to find community wide solutions to ensure we are able to provide housing opportunities for everyone who is trying to live, work, and raise a family in Alameda. .

The current rent control ordinance burdens the taxpayers. It will cost Alameda nearly $2.0-million to implement it in the first year. That’s money that could be better spent helping struggling families pay their rent, money spent hiring new police offices, or money invested in our parks, roads, and libraries.   Rather than put the taxpayers in debt, the city should identify funding for the program before rushing to implement it.

The rapid ratification of this new law has created confusion, anxiety, and uncertainty. Without deliberate input from stakeholders and thinking through the important details of how the new law could work, it creates more work for our city, our housing authority, and leaves the community feeling uncertain.

As rental housing providers in Alameda, we work hard to offer high quality homes for many local families. Their quality of life is important to us as we want them to enjoy living in our city.

We’re saddened by what appears to be division and animosity in Alameda over the issue of rent control. It’s time to work together to create long term solutions to our housing issues while protecting the charm of our great city.