Controversy over Rent Control, Renters’ Rights

Jan. 14, 2013 / By

Op-Ed, Jovanka Beckles, Richmond Councilmember

The Housing Element of the General Plan will be coming before the Council on Tuesday January 15. This element is a forward looking document which reflects well on the City and, if passed, would be of tremendous help to the people of Richmond.

The element includes four issues that appear to have engendered some controversy.
The first would increase tenant protections through rent control and by strengthening requirements for “just cause” before evictions.

The second would strengthen Richmond’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to make sure that developers create more affordable housing for Richmond.

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