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File #: 2022-2079   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/12/2022
Title: Introduction of Ordinance Amending the Alameda Municipal Code by Amending Article XV (Rent Control, Limitations on Evictions and Relocation Payments to Certain Displaced Tenants) to Adopt and Incorporate Provisions Concerning Capital Improvement Plans (CIP) and Maritime Residential Tenancies for Rental Units in the City of Alameda. (City Attorney 20761840) [Not heard on June 21, 2022]
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Responses to Tenant Stakeholders, 2. Exhibit 2 - Cities Providing for Recovery of Capital Improvements, 3. Exhibit 3 - Draft Rent Program Regulation, 4. Ordinance, 5. Correspondence, 6. Presentation, 7. Correspondence received after 6/21 - Updated 7/13
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Introduction of Ordinance Amending the Alameda Municipal Code by Amending Article XV (Rent Control, Limitations on Evictions and Relocation Payments to Certain Displaced Tenants) to Adopt and Incorporate Provisions Concerning Capital Improvement Plans (CIP) and Maritime Residential Tenancies for Rental Units in the City of Alameda. (City Attorney 20761840) [Not heard on June 21, 2022]
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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the Alameda City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On April 21, 2021, City Council considered an ordinance to revise the City's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Policy (adopted in 2016) to permit, subject to certain limitations, landlords to "pass through" to tenants the amortized costs of certain capital improvements. The limitations included a permanent cap of 5% (of a tenant's monthly rent) as to the amount of any pass through. City Council did not introduce the ordinance but directed staff to review the matter further. Staff now recommends that the attached Ordinance be introduced which has the same provisions that were presented to City Council on April 19, 2021 with the following revisions: (1) new definitions, e.g., floating homes, rental units; (2) reducing the threshold amounts for capital improvements to $7,500 overall and $750/unit; (3) capping at 8% the percentage increase of a tenant's Maximum Allowable Rent when calculating allowable Annual General Adjustment (AGA) and a pass through amount; (4) providing for a tenant hardship concerning a pass through; (5) adding capital improvements at marinas as a category of allowable capital improvements and (6) adding provisions concerning the application of the Rent Control Ordinance to floating homes and vessels/boats for which there are maritime residential tenancies.

BACKGROUND

When the Alameda City Council first adopted a rent control ordinance in 2016, it also adopted a policy concerning capital improvements. That policy allows a landlord to recover its costs for capital impr...

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