City of Richmond

Measure L: Rent Control – Approved with Majority Vote

This measure will set a maximum allowable rent charged on rent controlled residential units in the City of Richmond. The measure will also prohibit rental property owners from terminating tenancies for reasons that are not specifically listed in the ordinance. In addition, certain temporary rentals, small second units, and rental of certain rooms, as further described in the ordinance, will be exempt from requirements of the ordinance.
The ordinance will set maximum allowable annual rental increases for all residential units except for certain exempt units. Units exempt from rent control would include, for example, units that are exempt from rent control under the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and certain small second dwelling units. A Rent Board is to be established by Richmond City Council. This measure is effective December 30, 2016.
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