The City Council directed the Department of Housing to develop these ordinances when they voted to amend the Apartment Rent Ordinance in April and May of 2016. The draft ordinances were written with input collected in several meetings by the public and from interested stakeholders, a review of programs and ordinances in other cities, and a thorough legal review. Each ordinance is accompanied by a brief high-level summary that provides the policy rationale, pros, cons, and alternatives for each of the major provisions. These statements are not meant to be exhaustive, but instead provide a fundamental understanding of the issue the provision was intended to solve.
The Housing Department welcomes written feedback on these recommendations. The 45-day comment period for these recommendations will close at 5:00pm on Friday, March 3, 2017. Comments on the preliminary recommendations will be taken into consideration prior to the final ordinances being prepared for the City Council. Comments received from the public will be compiled and uploaded to this website on a weekly basis.