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.


The Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) is the body designated by the City Council to resolve rent disputes between residents and landlords. It is the first line of defense for residents facing excessive rent increases and the forum that landlords are required to present their cases in to get city approval for rent increases of more than 5 percent. 


First of all, let’s be clear here. I am not going to discuss the relative merits of either of the two rent control measures on November’s ballot. I want to report how Ordinance 3148 is working, based solely on my experience as a Rent Review Advisory Committee (RRAC) member during the time that it was enacted on March 31 — just over six months ago.


City Council decided not to implement a funding plan that would have determined how to allocate the cost of the Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance at its meeting on June 21.

The rent ordinance, which came into effect March 31, is projected to cost $1.95 million annually, according to Alameda Community Development Director Debbie Potter and SCI Consulting Group, a Fairfield-based consulting firm that assists public agencies with establishment and administration of taxes, assessments, fees and other special levies. 


We have been landlords in Alameda since 2003 when my husband and I bought a multi-unit Victorian. He was in the construction business, and I was just starting a new career after being travel agent for 30 years.