Rental Housing Committee Update February 2018

News from the Mountain View Rental Housing Committee

Background:
On November 8, 2016, the residents of the City of Mountain View voted to adopt Measure V, also known as the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), to stabilize rents and to provide just cause eviction protections for certain rental units in Mountain View.
Effective December 23, 2016 rent levels and rent increases for covered rental units built before February 1, 1995 must comply with the CSFRA. As of this writing, single family homes, condominiums, and duplexes, are not covered by the CSFRA.
For more background go to the Mountain View website:
http://www.mountainview.gov/council/rental_housing_committee/default.asp

Rental Housing Committee Meeting 2/12/2018
This evening the Rental Housing Committee met to address the following issues:
The RHC agreed for the staff to proceed with the process to select an information technology vendor to develop an IT system to effectively implement the CSFRA.
They also agreed to authorize an amendment to services with Project Sentinel for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017-2018 in a ‘not to exceed contract’ of $364,800.
They created a uniform Relocation Assistance and First Right of Return policy under the CSFRA as a policy guide for the Environmental Planning Commission and City Council.
The tenant will have a First Right of Return for a period of 10 years with no punitive damages.
The tenant will have a First Right of Return for a period of 5 years at the lawful rent in effect when the notice was delivered, plus annual adjustments.
The tenant will have a First Right of Return for a period of 2 years to seek actual and exemplary damages from a landlord who withdraws a unit from the rental market but then re-rents the unit within that stated period.
Because the ‘ethics’ of some of the members of the board have come into question more than a few times it was decided that the RHC would adopt the same ‘Code of Conduct’ that the Mountain View City Council follows. A vote was taken and all members agreed.

Rental Housing Committee Meeting 2/26/2018
The RH Committee maintained and reaffirmed its decision not to cover Mobile Homes under the CSFRA. The Committee’s attorneys agreed with them and are now offering advise on how to support this decision even though they had previously recommended against this judgement.
Tenants for the Mobile Home Alliance are seeking a lawsuit against the City of Mountain View.

— Tamara Lewis, Observer