Are rent control modifications on the horizon in San Jose? That’s the proposal by San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez. In his memo presented at last week's Rules Committee meeting, the councilman's suggested revisions included expanding rent control to units built between 1979 -- when the city first enacted rent control --, and 1985 -- when the state passed rent control regulations in the Costa-Hawkins Act -- was passed. Other proposals included dropping allowed annual increases from a cap of 8 percent to 4 percent, establishing a “Just Cause” eviction ordinance and prohibiting discrimination for Section 8 voucher holders. In a twist at the hearing, the City Council's Rules Committee was restricted to only taking public testimony without comment due to an apparent Brown Act violation, leaving City Manager Norberto Duenas to determine a future course of action. Click here
to read Peralez's rent control memo.