After tenants advocates are arrested at a City Council hearing, Alameda passes a temporary halt on some rent increases and evictions.
At a November 4 City Council hearing on skyrocketing rents and increasing evictions in Alameda, tenant advocates literally had to fight for their right to be heard. With landlord representatives packing the Council chambers, tenants and housing rights advocate were locked outside of the chambers. A group of tenant advocates ultimately forced their way in, leading to a violent confrontation and two arrests.
Confronted with the severity of the housing crisis in Alameda - the average rent in Alameda have more than doubled over the past decade and reports of no fault evictions have become commonplace - the City Council voted to impose a 65-day moratorium on rent increases over 8% and no cause evictions.
While this decision is a welcome recognition that Alameda is no exception from the Bay Area's dramatic housing crisis, the Alameda Renters Coalition is working with City staff to establish a permanent rent control law there. Renters' rights advocates have said they will pursue a ballot initiative next year if they are unable to reach an agreement over the details of such a law with the Council.
Alameda: City Council imposes moratorium on some rent increases (Contra Costa Times)
FAQs on the 65-day moratorium (City of Alameda)
Alameda Landlord Uses Moratorium Loophole, Evicts Apartment Complex (KPIX)