City Council Must Act

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL MUST PROTECT OAKLAND RENTERS AND VOTE TO PUT THE RENTER PROTECTION ACT OF 2016 ON THE NOVEMBER 2016 BALLOT

 

At the Oakland City Council meeting, Tuesday, June 21st, Oakland City Council will hear Council member Rebecca Kaplan’s Renter Protection Act of 2016 (Rent and Eviction Ordinance Amendments Ballot Measure) and can vote to place the Act on the November 2016 ballot. This Measure would amend Oakland’s current Rent Adjustment Ordinance in the following ways:

  • Require landlords to petition for rent increases in excess of the allowable annual amount based on inflation.
  • Expand Just Cause protections to units constructed before January 1, 2002.
  • Expand the duties and powers of the Rent Board and the Rent Adjustment Program to increase accountability and effectiveness.
  • Provide relocation assistance when a tenant is forced to relocate through no fault of their own.

 

We all know rising rents are out of control.

Oakland rents are among highest in the nation – a one-bedroom apartment costs nearly two thousand dollars a month. That’s nearly half the average household income for a resident.

Of the nine communities that have rent control, Oakland and Hayward are the only jurisdictions in which capital improvements are allowed that do not require landlords to file petitions.

Please join us. The large, corporate landlords are lining up to lobby against even the most reasonable changes to the law. While we can’t match their millions, they can never equal our resolve and commitment to fight for Oakland.

 Committee to Protect Oakland Renters


P.S. This article in the East Bay Express by Darwin BondGraham highlights some of the challenges we’ve faced in this process. Don't forget to like us on Facebook!