Santa Ana City Hall successful Santa Ana, Calif., connected Aug. 14, 2020. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)
On Oct. 19, the metropolis became the archetypal successful Orange County to walk a rent power ordinance astatine a metropolis assembly gathering with a 4–3 vote. The instrumentality prevents landlords from raising rent by much than 3 percent annually.
“The California Apartment Association and a conjugation of concern groups, section lodging providers and residents, judge the City Council rushed to enforce these laws without immoderate meaningful outreach to the community, analysis, oregon knowing of their impacts connected the city’s finances of lodging stock,” CAA Senior Vice President of Local Public Affairs Victor Cao said successful a statement.
Before the ordinance goes into effect, petitioners indispensable stitchery 12,500 signatures from registered voters to perchance referend the ordinance.
Once the signatures are collected and valid, the metropolis assembly tin take to either revoke the rent power policies oregon enactment them connected the ballot for residents to ballot on.
“The referendum volition let Santa Ana voters to person a assemblage speech and determine whether they privation a multi-million-dollar bureaucracy to modulate the lodging marketplace forced connected the metropolis by 4 assembly members,” Cao said.
Santa Ana’s rent power is foreseen to beryllium stricter than those passim the authorities arsenic rent increases are capped astatine 80 percent of the section ostentation rate, according to CAA. The ordinance volition besides necessitate the territory lawyer to assistance with eviction owed to transgression activity.
Despite pushback from the nationalist and his colleagues, Mayor Vincente Sarmiento applauded the ordinance passed aboriginal past week.
“The adoption of the Rent Stabilization and Just Cause Eviction Ordinances volition yet code the long-standing plea from truthful galore of our rent-burdened moving families successful Santa Ana,” Sarmiento said successful a statement. “These caller ordinances volition stabilize our neighborhoods and forestall the trauma of being displaced by excessive rent hikes and unjustified evictions. Landlords and spot owners volition proceed to person the quality to responsibly negociate and make a tenable instrumentality connected their investment.”
A spokesperson from City of Santa Ana for much accusation regarding the petition against the ordinance but did not person a effect by property time.
Vanessa Serna is simply a California-based regular quality newsman for The Epoch Times.