Alameda Tentatively Votes on Revised Rent Control Measures

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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