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The Alameda City Council voted unanimously to extend an urgency ordinance prohibiting residential rent increases of 8 percent or more and “no-cause” evictions for 60 days at its meeting Jan. 5.

Hundreds evicted just in time for Veterans Day holiday

Residents at the Bayview Apartments at 470 Central Ave., were given tenancy termination notices on Nov. 7, according to Catherine Pauling, spokesperson for Alameda Renters Coalition. 

The owners of the building, Sridhar Equities, delivered the notices a mere three days after City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting no cause evictions for 65 days.

The Alameda Renters Coalition (ARC) filed a ballot initiative last Monday in response to what it defines as  “a crisis of mass evictions and average rent increases of more than 50 percent over a span of only four years.”

The coalition hopes to address these problems with the “Alameda Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment.” 

Now that the paperwork is filed coalition members can begin collecting signatures from Alameda voters. They hope to collect the necessary 6,461 signatures by April 23, to see their  initiative included on the November ballot. 

The Planning Board stopped short of recommending the city enact rent controls Monday, instead voting 4-3 to ask the City Council to consider setting up a task force to study whether people are being displaced by rising rents.

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