Commentary: Rent control no solution for Oakland’s problems

Oakland’s rent control measures on the November ballot will only exacerbate Oakland housing problems. - Written by Nathan Durham-Hammer - Posted Oct 28, 2016

Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker is right about one thing — Oakland’s rent control laws must be changed. (“Rent control laws must be changed to help Oaklanders,” opinion, Oct. 11). Unfortunately for Oakland, her personal opinions and theories about how and why are wrong: Asking rents in vacant or non-rent controlled apartments have been rapidly accelerating, but rents have not accelerated in rent-controlled apartments, which creates socially inequitable discrepancies between residents’ housing costs. The idea that our neighbors and...

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Cities Ignore Data, Economists and Continue to Push for Tighter Rent Controls

Renter Groups Use Misleading Data on “Average” Rents to Push Radical Agenda - Written by EBRHA - Posted Oct 26, 2016

Despite overwhelming evidence from leading economic experts that rent control hurts low-income and minority residents and recent market indications that rents in the region have leveled off and begun to decline, cities across the East Bay are moving forward with even more draconian restrictions targeting small rental property owners. In Alameda, Oakland and Richmond, voters are being asked to impose strict renter-backed limits that threaten the livelihoods of small mom-and-pop property owners. In addition, Oakland City Council has imposed its...

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New Laws for 2017

RENTAL PROPERTY OWNERS & MANAGERS GUIDE TO CALIFORNIA’S NEW LAWS EFFECTIVE 2017 - Written by Ron Kingston - Posted Oct 6, 2016

New Laws for 2017

California is notorious for enacting more new laws every year than any other state. Every year, the California legislature introduces hundreds of bills that are discussed, voted on, and then signed into law. Many of these bills directly impact the rental housing industry. With all the changes in law from year to year, it is sometimes hard to keep up. That is why our lobbying team created this end-of-the-year guide, to keep our members apprised of the ever-changing laws and regulations impacting our industry. This year, our lobbying team, the...

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Oakland Multifamily Market Report

Development Fills; Equity Inflows Enter in Torrents - Written by Marcus & Millichap - Posted Oct 4, 2016

Economy gathers steam, driving occupancy and rents up. The East Bay multifamily market is teeming with renters as the high cost of homeownership and continued economic expansion intensify demand for metro apartments. Corporate relocation as well as organic business growth are creating job opportunities in well-paid employment sectors, drawing highly skilled workers to the metro. Additionally, Oakland offers the most affordable rents in the Bay Area, attracting value-seeking renters. As a result, demographic metrics signal continued success...

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Union City Rent and Tenant Taskforce Meeting Oct.3

The recently-formed task force will hold is first meeting October 3. - Written by EBRHA - Posted Oct 3, 2016

About the Taskforce The City of Union City has a 15-member Rent and Tenant Taskforce that was formed on September 13, 2016 with the primary purpose of providing recommendations to the City Council on options that the City Council could consider to address rent and tenant issues in a legal, fair, and equitable manner. The Taskforce is comprised of five tenant representatives, five landlord representatives, and five impartial community members. Taskforce Charter For additional information regarding the Taskforce’s purpose and structure,...

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