Most Frequent Questions and Answers on Measure H
The Amendment, among other things, would create a Rental Housing Board that determines annual rate increases and decreases but limit the yearly rent increase to 75% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI), strengthen just cause eviction protections, and provide policy direction for the city.
This Amendment, if enacted, would apply to a vast majority of multi-unit properties in the city. Rental units built after 1995 are not subject to rent regulations pursuant to the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa-Hawkins). The city estimates that rent stabilization and just cause eviction provisions would apply to 24,852 units in Pasadena’s multi-unit housing stock built before 1995. Rental units constructed after 1995 would still be subject to the Amendment’s just cause eviction provisions. These include 6,464 units in the multi-unit housing stock that were built after 1995.
Certain rental units would be fully exempt from all provisions in the proposed Amendment. Examples would include units in hotels, motels, hospitals, and convents. Rental units would also be fully exempt if they are owned/ operated/ or managed by a government agency, or by not-for-profit organization which used tax credits to assist with project financing. Certain temporary tenancies in single-family homes, and situations where a tenant shares a bathroom or kitchen with a homeowner, would also be fully exempt under the proposed Amendment.
Berkley, Beverly Hills, Richmond, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.
There is an estimated cost to the city of 5.8 million dollars. This would be monies would go to secure 26 staff and technology and office space. As proposed, the budget would be funded by a fee charged to landlords at a rate of approximately $184 a unit.
Under Costa-Hawkins/ landlords would set the initial rent amounts when new tenants move into a unit. Future rent increases of that unit would be regulated under the proposed Amendment. These increases would be tied to the Consumer Price Index/ and only one increase would be allowed each year. The base rent for existing tenants would be established as of May 17, 2021, or the initial rent they paid when they moved into the limit after May 17, 2021.
The Amendment would generally prohibit evictions of elderly or disabled tenants. There are also eviction protections for families in cases/ for example, where another member of the family moves into the unit.
Read the report here: Analysis on Ballot Measure for Rent Control