The cost of housing continues to be one of the biggest issues facing residents of the Bay Area. The crisis has been spreading ever further into the East Bay with the cities of Pleasanton and Concord facing the steepest year-over-year rent price increases according to a recent report published by Apartment List.
The Planning and Housing Division of the City of Concord has proposed a new ordinance in an attempt to help address the community's concerns about their skyrocketing rents. This ordinance would establish a program to provide mediation services to renters who face rent increases over 10 percent in a 12-month period. A public hearing before a Rent Review Board would be required to resolve the dispute if mediation fails. Programs like these are one step along the road to helping ease the pressure that the housing crises has placed on all Bay Area residents. Resources like these are critical in helping the most vulnerable members of our community avoid exploitation by unscrupulous landlords.
The new Ordinance will be presented to the City Concil at a public hearing on May 2. Prior to that the Planning and Housing Division is holding a workshop to give tenants an opportunity to ask questions. If you have time I would urge you to attend. We need everyone we can to show up in support of more and better tenant protections everywhere in the East Bay and beyond.
The workshop is being held on at 1:30pm on Wednesday, April 19 in the City Council Chambers at 1950 Parkside Dr, Concord (15 minutes walk from BART).
For more information contact Planning Manager Laura Simpson, (925) 671-3369, Laura.Simpson@cityofconcord.org.