In a major growth following a contentious administrative listening to, an Unbiased Listening to Officer has rendered a call regarding the software of Alameda’s hire management rules to 150 models of former naval housing in Alameda. Based on a assertion launched by the Metropolis on Monday, the Listening to Officer’s ruling rejected the owner’s argument that state legislation, particularly the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, prevents the Metropolis from imposing hire enhance limitations on tenants dwelling within the Admirals Cove Property.
The Admirals Cove Property comprises refurbished townhomes located on a 15-acre parcel of land located between Alameda Touchdown and the Principal Avenue Alameda Ferry Terminal. Consisting of 27 four- and six-unit buildings, these housing constructions had been initially constructed in 1969 to accommodate personnel stationed on the Naval Air Station Alameda, and their households. In 2017, the U.S. authorities auctioned off the property and its vacant buildings, and developer Carmel Companions of San Francisco was the successful bidder. The developer subsequently undertook renovations of the property and began leasing to tenants in October 2019.
Alameda Lease Program Director Invoice Chapin mentioned, “The Listening to Officer’s determination affirms what the Lease Program has maintained from the start and what courts have held in a number of instances for the reason that passage of Costa-Hawkins. Particularly, that the legislature meant the boundaries it positioned on native hire management to use to solely newly constructed models that broaden a metropolis’s housing inventory. The Admirals Cove Property flats have been used to deal with members of the Alameda group way back to the Sixties, and their present occupants are entitled to the complete protections of the Lease Management Ordinance.”
Starting in September 2019, Alameda’s Lease Management Ordinance instituted restrictions on annual hire will increase, enforced by an annual cap often called the Annual Basic Adjustment (AGA). The AGA is calculated at 70% of the change within the Shopper Value Index, and as of September 1, 2023, stands at 2.9%.
“The Metropolis of Alameda’s Lease Management Ordinance is a centerpiece of the Metropolis’s robust coverage of defending and preserving reasonably priced housing in our group,” acknowledged Alameda Metropolis Lawyer Yibin Shen. “The Metropolis Lawyer’s Workplace, together with the Lease Program, is dedicated to justly imposing state and native housing legal guidelines and guaranteeing that Alameda stays a spot that individuals from all backgrounds and earnings ranges can name dwelling.”
It’s price noting that whereas sure provisions of the Lease Management Ordinance, together with registration necessities and limitations on “no fault” terminations of tenancy, apply to all rental models inside the Metropolis of Alameda, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act restricts native governments from making use of AGA limits to particular housing models. These exceptions embody models constructed after February 1995, and models that may be individually bought, corresponding to single-family houses and condominiums.
Residents of Admirals Cove, or another rental property in Alameda who might have inquiries or considerations concerning hire will increase they’ve obtained, can attain out to the Lease Program workers at 510-747-7520 or contact them through e-mail at [email protected] for additional data and help.