On December 18, 2018 more than 25 speakers, including tenants telling compelling stories of near homelessness, severe rent hikes and heightened anxiety, the El Cerrito City Council directed city staff to come back with an ordinance for Just Cause Eviction and a plan to develop a Rent Registry. In January, when Council reconvened for the first meeting of 2019, the staff did not present an ordinance for review. Instead, the city staff recommended, and the city council accepted the proposal to have a study session in February.
Let’s fast forward to February. The city council will be meeting on the 19th to review a package of “tenant protections.” These protections include:
Just Cause for Eviction
Tenant Relocation triggered by rent increases
What is missing from the agenda on Tuesday is a discussion about a temporary anti-gouging measure for rent increases to be in effect while the city establishes new policies to disrupt displacement of our residents. In December, at the city council meeting, the Human Relations Commission made a compelling argument for such a measure, in addition they asked for the formation of a housing committee to craft a long term solution to rising rents. The resolution can be read here.
Come out for either meetings and help us maintain a city where all people can afford to live.