For or Against Rent Control? Here are some points to consider and express to the City of Santa Rosa Council meeting May 3rd—Public Meeting at City Hall.
We are please to have Daniel Sanchez, Government Affairs Director, of the NorthBay Association of Realtors to talk about these timely issues before the City of Santa Rosa takes action on May 3rd at the Council Meeting.
Just Cause:—What is it? Under just cause eviction, a tenant can only be evicted if the landlord can prove that the tenant is violating the lease, breaking the law or if the landlord must move themselves or a family member into the unit.
Any type of rental can be eligible for just cause, including single family homes.
Just cause eviction ordinances would require rental owners to prove “cause” in court, or in some cases before a political body, every time they need to remove a problem resident, such as a drug dealer, or violent criminal.
Proving cause in court or by going before a board or commission is hard to do and unfair. The legal process is costly and time consuming. Rental property owners would have to depose and subpoena other residents to testify.
Because removing a problem tenant requires going to court, these ordinances tend to clog the court system.
Santa Rosa should focus on educating renters on their protections under state law, instructing owners on their obligations, and enforcing the laws we have.
Santa Rosa should provide a forum for owners and residents to resolve disputes in a neutral setting — not in a court, not in the political setting of an eviction board, and certainly not with a host of new laws and regulations.
Below is a graph with some very interesting stats which give me pause and commentary. This is a look going back 10 years to the wild and crazy pre-“crash” days of yore. The first thing which amazes me is the amount of homes for sale vs. today. 8,230 listing 3rd qtr of ’07 vs. this past quarter’s measly 1393.
The MSI or Month’s Supply of Inventory, is another indication of a fast, tight market. From 11.7 months supply (big Buyer’s market), 1st qtr of ’08 to 1.8 months supply 1st qtr of this year. New listings per quarter? Past quarter is the lowest in 11 years. Yeah, where are all those listing!?
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