Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if you have any questions that are not answered here.

Question: What exactly am I asking to vote on?

Answer: The question that will appear on ballots of City of Santa Rosa voters in the June 6, 2017 special election states: Shall those provisions of the City of Santa Rosa Residential Rent Stabilization and Other Tenant Protections Ordinance that establish rent control for certain residential rental properties, prohibit landlords from evicting tenants of certain properties except for specified reasons, and provide other protections to tenants, be approved?

Question: I’m a renter.  How do I know if Measure C helps me?

Answer: 80% of the city’s housing won’t be covered by Measure C.  Measure C only applies to those living in an apartment unit built before February 1, 1995 (providing the apartment was issued a certificate of occupancy by that date).  Anyone living in a single-family home, condominium, duplex, owner-occupied triplex or an apartment built after 1995 are not covered by the city’s ordinance.

Question: Will Santa Rosa’s Measure C help house more of our homeless?

Answer: No. Measure C does nothing to address homelessness, and doesn’t call for a single new housing unit to be built.  In fact, Measure C could make homelessness worse.  People that already live in a unit covered by the provisions in Measure C are less likely to want to move, so there will be fewer opportunities for homeless and low-income residents to find an opportunity for the housing they need.

Question: What is the cost to implement Measure C?

Answer: Measure C is expected to cost the City of Santa Rosa more than $1.4 million each year to implement and enforce.  The $1.4 million will be paid each year in part by renters, rental providers and taxpayers to help hire extra city employees for enforcement matters.  However, the $1.4 million cost fails to consider costs associated with legal proceedings that may stem from the just cause eviction policy within the ordinance, landlord-tenant disputes, and other legal or public safety matters, so the cost to taxpayers is likely much higher.  Furthermore, tenants will be required to pay a portion of the rent control policy fees to the city, which could burden the lowest-income earners who can least afford it!

Question: What about the just cause eviction policy? What is that about?

Answer: The just cause eviction policy included in Measure C limits the flexibility needed to remove problem tenants, and requires a judicial or bureaucratic process to proceed with evictions.  Exceptions can only be made in limited circumstances.

Question: If Measure C isn’t the answer, what do policy experts suggest?

Answer: In a February 2016 report “Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing” published by the State Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), the independent, nonpartisan fiscal watchdog noted policies like Measure C are not sound solutions to our housing crisis.  Instead, they state: “…We offer additional evidence that facilitating more private housing development in the state’s coastal urban communities would help make housing more affordable for low-income Californians. Existing affordable housing programs assist only a small proportion of low-income Californians. Most low-income Californians receive little or no assistance. Expanding affordable housing programs to help these households likely would be extremely challenging and prohibitively expensive.” (read the full report “Perspectives on Helping Low-Income Californians Afford Housing” by clicking here). In short, we need more affordable housing and targeted assistance for those who need it most! Measure C is not the solution!