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Alameda Tentatively Votes on Revised Rent Control Measures



    Housing Crisis Draws Dozens to Alameda Meeting

    The housing crisis draws dozens of people to an emotional meeting in Alameda as a temporary moratorium on rent increases and no cause evictions is set to expire. The council is now looking for a permanent solution to slow soaring rents and increasing evictions. Jean Elle reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016)

    After a marathon meeting, the Alameda City Council tentatively agreed to revised new rent control measures.

    The council on Tuesday night voted to extend its current, temporary moratorium on rent hikes.

    Then, the council spent more than eight hours considering a number of long-term options. They eventually agreed to force landlords and tenants into binding arbitration if the two sides cannot agree on any rent increase above five percent.

    Council members also agreed to force landlords to pay "relocation fees" if they kick someone out of their place.

    Tuesday night's meeting was long, but much more quiet, than a violent Nov. 3 meeting that lasted more than seven hours, drew nearly 100 speakers and left a city employee seriously injured during a scuffle that resulted in two arrests.

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