Glendale Rent Control Resolution
WHEREAS there is a shortage of affordable, long-term housing in the City of Glendale that is safe and clean for working-class, middle-class, and homeless residents, which has further negatively impacted long-term housing stability and bargaining power for renters; and
WHEREAS the Glendale Tenants Union, a group of concerned renters and fair housing advocates, is seeking to cap rent increases at four percent annually, and to establish an appointed Rent Board, which would serve as a neutral, third party arbiterwith final authority to review petitions of rental adjustment; and
WHEREAS the existing “just cause” eviction protections in the City of Glendale, which require that termination of a tenancy be brought for “good cause,” including failure to pay rent, in practice allows rental property owners and managers to raise the rental amounts to often unreasonable levels for the purpose of evicting tenants; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley, (DPSFV), supports the Glendale Tenant’s Union and the residents of the City of Glendale in seeking the economic relief that comes from long-term housing stability and rent stabilization, which can be accomplished, in part, by promoting the construction of additional safe and affordable, housing developments, establishing more protections for current tenants, and pursuing new forms of public-private partnerships to assist working-class, middle-class, and homeless residents of the city; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the DPSFV Executive Board join the call for a repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act which limits cities’ abilities to expand rent control.