It is time to Act

Two months ago, the Oakland City Council put in place a temporary moratorium on rent increases. This was a short-term solution to slow the crisis of displacement in Oakland and give the City time to develop solutions.

It is time to act. With just 30 days until the moratorium ends, it is time for action, or we will be putting thousands of renters at risk. 

 

Two months ago, the Oakland City Council put in place a temporary moratorium on rent increases. This was a short-term solution to slow the crisis of displacement in Oakland and give the City time to develop solutions.

It is time to act. With just 30 days until the moratorium ends, it is time for action, or we will be putting thousands of renters at risk. 

On Thursday, City Council Member At-Large Rebecca Kaplan introduced a scheduling request, to consider a ballot ordinance, at the full City Council on June 21st. The Renter Protection Act of 2016, which could be on the November ballot, would:

(1)   Amend The Just Cause For Eviction Ordinance to remove the existing new construction exemption and replace it with an exemption that is limited to projects after January 1, 2002,

(2)   Amend The Rent Adjustment Ordinance to require that landlords must petition for rent increases in excess of the CPI-Based Formula

(3)   Increase the responsibility and powers of the Rent Board

The introduction of this scheduling request is just a step in the process. We know big, corporate landlords are actively lobbying City Hall and that they will resort to extreme measures to stop these reasonable protections for renters in Oakland.

We feverishly continue with our signature gathering. While we might be able to get a measure on the ballot through the City Council, we know that we can’t let up the pressure and stop signature gathering. 

Between now and June 21st, we need your help.

Getting to this point has been a struggle and the fight continues. It is, dear friends, a real David and Goliath struggle as big real estate money pours in to oppose us and we will need your help in the days and weeks ahead.


 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!