Tag Archives: Rent Control

Dozens of Richmond residents come together to discuss the current issue of rent control. (Photo by Brittany Kirstin)

Community members voice concerns over raising rents in Richmond

More than a dozen Richmond residents complained of big rent increases during a community forum last week. Richmond’s City Council enacted rent control legislation in July, and the controls were due to take effect in...
Tom Butt (center), with his wife and campaign manager, reacts as unofficial election results show him winning Richmond's mayoral seat. (Photo by Bonnie Chan)

Mayor highlights business, environment and council meeting improvements in his first 100 days

On April 23, new Richmond Mayor Tom Butt concluded his first 100 days in office. Butt, a longtime councilmember and Point Richmond architect, won the November election to replace termed-out former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and...
Apartment building in Richmond, 23rd Street/Nevin Avenue (Photo by Fabian Graber)

Richmond Progressive Alliance revives campaign for stronger tenant protections

Advocates for stronger tenant protections in Richmond received support last week when the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA) decided to join their efforts. The RPA is an influential political player in the city, with members—Jovanka Beckles,...
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Some Richmond property owners agree to limits on rent increases, but face skepticism

In Richmond, politicians and community organizations are tackling the issue of rising rents. Last week, in a step that he hopes will bring immediate relief to tenants vulnerable to rent increases, Vice Mayor Jael Myrick...
Tenants of housing units on 1200 and 1300 Bissell Ave. in Richmond protest against a rent increase by their lanlord on 1st of April 2015. (Photo by Larry Zhou)

Richmond’s rent control advocates and opponents face off over gentrification

Richmond is seeing better days. According to a recent research paper by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute, homicides and violent crime were at historic lows in 2013, parks are being renewed, living conditions are improving and...
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Housing plan sparks arguments on rent control, just cause evictions

After several hours of confusion and bickering, last week the Richmond City Council approved a housing element—a part of the general plan that will address land use and housing development throughout the city—just in time...