Judge refuses to boot #Richmond #rentcontrol law


People around California are sick of the 1%ers sucking every last nickle out of them.

That’s probably why Richmond’s new rent control law will remain in effect, at least for now.

A state court judge denied the California Apartment Association’s request for a preliminary injunction pending a decision on its lawsuit seeking to overturn the voter-approved law.

The association, which represents landlords, filed a lawsuit Jan. 6 asking for a permanent injunction. It claimed that Richmond’s Measure L — which got about 65 percent of the vote in November — is unconstitutional.

The association had previously asked for a temporary restraining order to halt enforcement of the law, which Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Judith Craddick denied Jan. 6, allowing the measure to remain in effect. Craddick heard the association’s request for a preliminary injunction on Feb. 1.

In a decision dated Tuesday, Craddick denied the preliminary injunction on the grounds that the association had not proved that its members would suffer “irreparable harm” if rent control remained in effect pending a hearing on the merits of the case. She added that the court will set a hearing on the permanent injunction “on an expedited basis.”

The law rolls back rents on pre-1995 multifamily apartments to July 2015 levels, and limits future increases to increases in the Consumer Price Index. It also imposes eviction controls on all units and establishes a five-member rent board to enforce rent control.

Read the whole story in the San Francisco Chronicle


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