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Rent control is a policy, adopted by Ordinance of the City Council, which at its most basic, limits the amount a landlord may annually increase rent. Rent control does not mean that rent rates for existing tenants will be reduced or “rolled-back”.
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There is an acute housing shortage on the Coastside. The City’s draft Housing Element (www.hmbcity.com/housingelement),which is mandated by State law, is nearing adoption and State certification. The Housing Element documents the many challenges, constraints and opportunities for meeting housing needs in the City of Half Moon Bay. The element includes recommended actions (implementation measures) to address both creation of new affordable housing and protection of existing rental housing. Rent control and related policies are identified by the Housing Element as an implementation strategy to protect tenants and preserve rental housing opportunities in Half Moon Bay.
Yes. On November 7, 2023, the City Council directed staff to begin preparation of ordinances in support of rent control and enhanced tenant protections. The City Council has made affordable housing one of its strategic priorities and rent control is consistent with this priority.
The Residential Rental Registration ordinance will require each rental unit in the City limits to be annually registered. Rental units include: single-family homes (attached or detached), mobile and manufactured homes (not space rental), duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, apartments, rented accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and any room rented in a homeshare situation. The ordinance does not apply to rental units located outside City limits.
The purpose of the Residential Rental Registration ordinance is to allow collection of data on rental units and the market characteristics to inform housing policies and programs now and in the future. Secondarily, registration and data collection will assist the City in directing resources to tenant/landlord relations, education and mediation.
The registration of units and collection of rental data serves as foundational support to the City Council’s stated intent to establish a Costa Hawkins based rent control program. The City needs registration to fully understand what units would be affected by rent control. Further, registration of all units allows the City to enhance tenant/landlord relations on the whole.
The Rental Registration Ordinance will not negatively impact you as a tenant. The ordinance precludes the pass-through of any registration, late fees or citations to a tenant. Further, registration of all units allows the City to enhance tenant/landlord relations on the whole. Registration provides the City greater capability to provide information about renter rights.
The Rental Registration Ordinance will require annual registration of each residential unit owned and operated in Half Moon Bay? The City will be proposing a fee for registration of each unit. The fee is subject to separate action by the City Council which is anticipated on February 6,, 2024.
The Ordinance and implementation are intended protect the private information of tenants and proprietary information of landlord, release of which could result in competitive disadvantage
The Rental Registration Ordinance will be considered by the City Council on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Written comments are welcome and may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.orgInterested individuals are also invited to attend the City Council meeting.
Information regarding rent control, residential rental registration and related items can be found at www.hmbcity.com/housing. The City staff report can found on the January 16th City Council Agenda.
We ask that questions and comments be directed to the following email address, JDoughty@hmbcity.com