Fremont City Council Balks at Stronger Renter Protections, Opts for ‘Minor Tweaks’ to Rent Review Law


Fremont City Council Balks at Stronger Renter Protections, Opts for ‘Minor Tweaks’ to Rent Review Law

2019-02-11T10:10:38-07:00February 11th, 2019|Advocacy|

In the first year of Fremont’s rent review program, nearly half of those who sought help with rent increases saw them lowered, but some renters and city council members still don’t think the program goes far enough to help tenants.

The update on the program was presented by staff at the recent Fremont City Council meeting, where the council subsequently voted to make some minor tweaks to its rent review ordinance, but backed off of strengthening discrimination and retaliation protections for renters.

Councilwoman Jenny Kassan and Councilman Vinnie Bacon said they would have preferred to beef up those protections, and look at adopting rent control in the city, but the other five members of the council chose the status quo.

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