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Rent control and just cause eviction protections to take effect in Mountain View
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Wednesday Apr 5th, 2017 7:27 PM
In his ruling against an injunction against Measure V, Judge William J. Elfving basically declared “that the moving parties (California Apartment Association & their attorneys) have not offered persuasive evidence that the landlords will suffer irreparable harm if Measure V was allowed to go into effect!
Rent control and just cause eviction protections to take effect in Mountain View

By Lynda Carson - April 5, 2017

In a victory for voters and renters, and a stinging defeat for the Pahl & McCay law firm, and attorney Stephen D. Pahl and the California Apartment Association (CAA), a ruling today by Judge William J. Elfving allowed Measure V, rent control and just cause eviction protections, to take effect immediately in Mountain View. Meanwhile, a lawsuit against Measure V continues to wind its way through the courts.

According to the Mountain View Voice, the ruling will affect the residents in around 15,000 apartments who will be allowed to have their rents rolled back to October 2015 rates. Additionally the renters will have just cause eviction protections, and rent control will basically allow the landlords a fair return on their investments with a rent increase of 2 to 5 percent annually. Renters in Mountain View who are covered by Measure V, need to contact their landlord immediately to assert their rights under Measure V, to roll back their rents.

In his ruling against an injunction against Measure V, Judge William J. Elfving basically declared “that the moving parties (California Apartment Association & their attorneys) have not offered persuasive evidence that the landlords will suffer irreparable harm if Measure V was allowed to go into effect. Without the protections afforded by the measure, some residents of Mountain View face excessive rents and arbitrary evictions, and the City of Mountain View will be handicapped in its effort to comply with a state-mandated plan to address housing needs. The landlords are allowed a fair and reasonable return on their investment.”

Reportedly, Juliet M. Brodie, a Stanford Community Law Clinic attorney and co-author of Measure V, wrote, "We are thrilled that Measure V can finally go into effect and the will of the voters can be effectuated. This isn't the final decision on the case, and there is still legal work to be done to get there, but for now we are elated that tenants will have some protection from outrageous and unsustainable rent increases."

The voters of Mountain View approved Measure V last November, but Measure V failed to go into effect on December 23, 2016, when the City of Mountain View, at that time, failed to defend Measure V in court from an injunction filed by the attorneys of the California Apartment Association (CAA).

Greedy landlords and the CAA have been spending a fortune with their notorious vicious attack against the voters of Mountain View and Richmond, that voted for rent control and just cause eviction protections.

According to Trulia, the median rent in Mountain View is $4,200 per month, and the median rent in Richmond is $2,595 per month.

To further limit evictions and slow down price gouging by greedy landlords, California Assembly Members Bloom, Chiu, and Bonta introduced AB 1506 on February 17, 2017, and need your support for the proposed bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. The bill would once again allow the regulation of residential rental housing pricing by local governments in California.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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