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April 19, 2016 - Final Staff Recommendations Released

On April 19th the Housing Department released the final staff recommendations for changes to the Apartment Rent Ordinance. 

November 30, 2015 - Status Update on ARO Process Released


On November 30th the Housing Department released an informational memo which provides a status update and overview of the ARO process. 

September 1, 2015 - City Council Approval of Workplan

On September 1, 2015, the San José City Council accepted staff's proposed workplan with additional direction to make some changes to the proposed outreach process.  The City Council directed staff to modify the outreach process by creating an Advisory Committee composed of tenants, property owners/managers and advocates for both groups, instead of keeping the two groups on parallel but separate tracks as originally proposed by staff.

The materials from the September 1, 2015 Council meeting are available below:

Workplan to Modify the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and the Rental Rights and Referrals Program (RRRP)
Supplemental Memo
•Powerpoint Presentation
Memo from Mayor and Councilmembers Carrasco, Jones, Peralez, and Rocha
Memo from Vice Mayor and Councilmember Khamis
Letter to Agency
Memo from Councilmember Peralez

To watch the recording of this meeting, visit the Public Meeting Archive website and click ahead to Item 4.3 which was the last item heard at the meeting.

June 23, 2015 - Council Ordinance Priority Setting


On June 23, 2015, the City Council identified potential changes to the Rental Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Ordinance as its second highest priority to be addressed in Fiscal Year 2015-16.

To view all documents related to this decision, visit the Council Agenda, Item 3.22.  To watch the recording of this meeting, visit the Public Meeting Archive website and click ahead to Item 3.22.

June 16, 2015 - City Council: Program and Ordinance Review


On June 16, 2015, the San José City Council accepted staff 's report on potential modifications to the Rental Rights and Referrals Program and the Rental Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Ordinance and referred the item to the June 23, 2015 Ordinance Priority Setting exercise. On June 23, 2015, the City Council identified potential changes to the Rental Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Ordinance as it's second highest priority to be addressed in Fiscal Year 2015-16.

Potential changes include, but are not limited to:
  • Reducing the allowable rent increase;
  • Modifying the allowed debt-service pass-through;
  • Exploring a just cause evictions ordinance (an ordinance limiting the grounds for residential eviction);
  • Consider related items as discussed in the memorandum; and
  • Evaluate the staffing needed to monitor and enforce the Ordinance.

To view all other documents related to this decision, visit the Council Agenda, Item 4.3.  To watch the recording of this meeting, visit the Public Meeting Archive website and click ahead to item 4.3 which was the last item heard at the meeting.

Staff plans to return to the City Council for the approval of a proposed workplan. This page will provide up-to-date information on the 2015 Apartment Rent Ordinance.  Visit the Apartment Rent Ordinance website which provides information on the existing Apartment Rent Ordinance.