#MountainView to the feckless California Apartment Association: See you in court

Rent-control advocates in Mountain View are breathing a sigh of relief after the City Council voted this week to defend a legal challenge to a measure passed in November that rolls back rents and places caps on annual increases.

Last month, the California Apartment Association sued the city over Measure V, the so-called Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act, arguing that it amounted to an “unlawful taking” and was therefore unconstitutional.

The City Council voted 6-0 to answer the complaint filed by the association.

Measure V, which passed with 53.5 percent in favor, would roll back rents to what they were on Oct. 19, 2015, a date the coalition has tied to a dramatic spike in rents.

It also would require landlords to show cause when evicting tenants and tie annual increases of no less than 2 percent and no more than 5 percent to the Consumer Price Index.

Read the whole story in the San Jose Mercury News


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