While a coalition of Oakland housing rights groups gathers signatures for the Protect Oakland Renters Initiative, our elected officials drag their feet.
The Protect Oakland Renters Initiative is a proposed ballot measure to strengthen and expand Oakland's existing anti-eviction and renter protection laws in the face of overwhelming displacement pressure for Oakland renters and communities.
After passing a 90-day moratorium on some rent increases, the Council is supposed to consider many Protect Oakland Renters provisions, like an absolute cap on rent increases, a tenant-majority Rent Board, and placing the burden on landlords to comply with the law.
This week, though, Council put off consideration of these changes to late May, meaning the Protect Oakland Renters coalition will need continue a gathering signatures for the November ballot even though our elected officials could enact these long-overdue protections right now if they chose.
Two Days After Passing Moratorium, Council Stalls Rent Protection Vote - Post News (4/8/16)