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City Council Actions on Housing Matters

june 23

Temporary Eviction Moratorium

  • City Council extended the eviction moratorium through August 31, 2020.

June 16

Purchase of Land for Affordable Housing

  • City Council approved the purchase of 4.21 acres located at 71 Vista Montaña for $22.875 million.
  • City Council approved a two-year exclusive negotiating agreement with Charities Housing Development Corporation of Santa Clara County for the future development of affordable housing at 71 Vista Montaña.


Extension of Deadline for Payment of Affordable Housing Impact Fees (AHIF)

  • City Council extended the deadline for developers to submit final approved building plans and pay their AHIF from June 30, 2020, to the end of the Proclamation of Local Emergency.

MAY 19

Temporary Eviction Moratorium

  • City Council extended the eviction moratorium through June 30, 2020.
  • A repayment period was established for tenants to pay any unpaid rent that accrued during the eviction moratorium. Tenants must pay at least 50% of the unpaid rent within six months after the moratorium expires. The remaining 50% must be paid within 12 months after the moratorium expires.
  • During the repayment period, landlords may not charge late fees, interest or penalties for the unpaid rent that accrued during the eviction moratorium.
  • Retaliation or harassment against tenants for invoking their rights under the moratorium is prohibited.

Apartment Rent Ordinance

  • City Council amended the Apartment Rent Ordinance.
  • If a landlord temporarily reduces a tenant's rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, that temporary reduction will not have any impact on the landlord's ability to raise the rent in the future. The landlord retains the right to increase rent up to 5% annually based on the previously charged contract rent, not the temporarily reduced rent.

may 12

Emergency Temporary Shelter on Story Road

  • City Council approved a contract with Abode Services to staff a trailer complex on a City-owned parking lot near Story Road that will be used as temporary shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The target population for the trailer complex is unhoused individuals who do not have COVID-19 but have underlying conditions that put them at heightened vulnerability to COVID-19.
  • The trailer complex will be deactivated and the trailers will be removed when the pandemic subsides.
  • First occupancy at the site is expected by May 14.


Moratorium on Rent Increases and Related Actions

  • City Council approved a moratorium on residential rent increases, effective April 29, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
  • The rent-increase moratorium applies to apartments covered by the Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO), and mobilehomes covered by the Mobilehome Rent Ordinance.
  • City Council voted to allow ARO landlords who voluntarily reduce rents during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase their rents back to the original contract rates during the moratorium.
  • City Council voted to suspend late charges for ARO landlords who pay their ARO fees late; the suspension of late charges will run through FY 2020-2021.
  • City Council voted to waive maintenance permit fees for ARO landlords through FY 2020-2021.


Rent-Increase Freeze

  • City Council deferred consideration of this item until April 28.

Emergency Interim Housing Communities

  • City Council approved construction of an emergency interim housing community, sometimes called a "tiny home" community, on a parcel at the intersection of Monterey Road and Bernal Road.
  • City Council directed staff to develop plans for additional interim housing communities on Evans Lane near Almaden Expressway, and on Rue Ferrari near Highway 101.


Extension of Eviction Moratorium

  • City Council approved extending the residential eviction moratorium through May 31, 2020.

Rent-Increase Freeze

  • City Council directed Housing Department staff to draft an ordinance that would temporarily prohibit residential rent increases through December 31, 2020.
  • City Council will consider this ordinance on April 21, 2020.

Payment of Unpaid Rent that Accrues During Eviction Moratorium

  • City Council directed Housing Department staff to draft an amendment to the residential eviction moratorium that would give tenants until December 31, 2020, to pay their unpaid rent that accrues during the moratorium.
  • City Council will consider this amendment at a date to be determined.


Temporary Rent Suspension

  • City Council discussed suspending residential rent payments temporarily. However, no vote was taken, and this policy was not enacted.

Shelter Crisis Declaration

  • City Council voted to ratify the shelter crisis declaration made by the City Manager.

Emergency Housing for the Homeless

  • City Council voted to allocate $17.2 million of Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) funds for the lease, purchase and/or construction of emergency housing for individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Temporary Eviction Moratorium

  • City Council approved a moratorium on residential evictions for nonpayment of rent.
  • The moratorium will be in place for 30 days, and it may be extended by the City Council.
  • To stop an eviction under the moratorium, a tenant must document that their income has been reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.