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City of San Luis Obispo to consider rental urgency ordinance to protect tenants 

–At a special meeting held Tuesday night, the San Luis Obispo City Council will consider passing an urgency ordinance to protect residents from potentially significant year-end rent increases and eviction notices in advance of a new state law going into effect Jan. 1, 2020. In San Luis Obispo, about 65-percent of residents rent.

According to a report to be presented to the City Council Wednesday, the city has received multiple complaints from local renters including some who have sought legal assistance.

The state’s Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482), which was signed by the governor Oct. 8, caps annual rent increases and requires landlords to show just cause before evicting a tenant in good standing. The city’s proposed ordinance, which would carry the same rent and eviction provisions as the state law, would go into effect immediately.

Several California cities, including Grover Beach, Los Angeles, San Mateo, Redwood City, Daly City, Milpitas, and others, have adopted emergency ordinances establishing protections during the gap period before the new state law goes into effect.

The new state law, which will remain in effect for 10 years, is part of a package of laws passed this year to address the state’s lack of affordable housing. Under the new law, landlords may increase annual rents up to 5-percent plus the rate of inflation each year, for a maximum of 10-percent a year.

Tuesday’s special meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 990 Palm St.

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