Alameda County supervisors end summer session by approving a flurry of covid-19 relief programs

Alameda County supervisors wrapped up business prior to their month-long August recess with a number of items intended to help residents cope with the coronavirus, including a pilot program to offer a stipend to those recuperating from the virus, and a limited renters assistance program. A tiny home program in unincorporated Alameda County for unsheltered … Continue reading Alameda County supervisors end summer session by approving a flurry of covid-19 relief programs

Alameda County: Eviction moratorium extended again; supervisor floats rent relief idea

Just weeks after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted to extend a countywide moratorium on evictions, the board do so again on Tuesday, furthering the prohibition to 60 days after the expiration of the county's public health order, but no sooner than 60 days after Dec. 31, 2020. The request was first made by … Continue reading Alameda County: Eviction moratorium extended again; supervisor floats rent relief idea

Hayward: Task force to study lowering annual rent increase cap, but not before odd exchange involving mayor

During a somewhat routine update to Hayward's rent stabilization ordinance last week in which certain tweaks and language intended to align the ordinance with changes in state law were offered by city staff, Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab sought a  significant change by proposing to lower the threshold for rent increases to roughly two percent a … Continue reading Hayward: Task force to study lowering annual rent increase cap, but not before odd exchange involving mayor

Reforms at the Alameda Housing Authority could be on the way

Alameda resident Arminda Graca received her file last week from the Alameda Housing Authority, a thick stack of documents delivered in quadruplicate. But Graca, whose Section 8 apartment was inundated with mold and mildew following a suspected sewage leak, told the Alameda City Council Tuesday night that the voluminous record omitted call logs detailing a … Continue reading Reforms at the Alameda Housing Authority could be on the way

Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

An Alameda City Council, buoyed by a November election that built upon its progressive majority while trouncing a landlords-backed ballot initiative, moved forward Tuesday night with a menu of sweeping new protections coming soon for struggling Alameda renters. The council directed its staff to prepare a just-cause ordinance for possible approval next month, a regulation … Continue reading Sweeping protections for Alameda renters coming soon

Hayward leans toward renters’ protections

After several years of incremental action to limit the rise of rents in Hayward, the City Council last week indicated a preference for enacting a number of rent protections, including binding arbitration to resolve rent increase disputes, an end to vacancy de-control, and possibly tenant relocation payments for renters forced out of their units. Few … Continue reading Hayward leans toward renters’ protections

San Leandro mobile home park rep says evicted elderly renter who was arrested wants to be a martyr

John Busch, the 82-year-old San Leandran who was evicted last year from his space at the Bayshore Commons mobile home park following his refusal to pay a large rent increase, has been a cause celebre for renters' rights advocates in the city. When Busch did not leave the space, Alameda County sheriff's deputy were summoned. … Continue reading San Leandro mobile home park rep says evicted elderly renter who was arrested wants to be a martyr