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File #: 20-7499   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Housing Commission
On agenda: 1/12/2021
Posting Language: Briefing on the Proposed Creation of a Renters’ Commission [Verónica R. Soto, Director, Neighborhood and Housing Services]
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DEPARTMENT: Neighborhood and Housing Services

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Ver?nica R. Soto, FAICP, Neighborhood and Housing Services Department Director


SUBJECT: Briefing on the Proposed Creation of a Renters' Commission

Discussion of options for establishing a Renters' Commission

A Council Consideration Request (CCR) was sponsored by Councilmember Trevi?o on June 19, 2019 requesting a discussion of the creation of a Renters' Commission. The proposed Commission would advise the City Council on matters related to rental housing including housing production, accessibility, renter laws/rights, public health and safety, and other matters that impact renters and landlords. The Governance Committee referred the CCR to the Culture & Neighborhood Services Committee (CNSC) on January 15, 2020. Public engagement previously scheduled for March 2020 was delayed due to the pandemic.

Neighborhood & Housing Services Department (NHSD) staff conducted a survey and held focus groups in fall 2020 to gain insight from the community about the perceived scope of work, preferred composition, and desire for a Renters' Commission. Councilmembers were given the opportunity to review the survey prior to its September 14th launch date through SA Speak Up. The survey netted over 3,600 responses from nearly 1,700 current renters, over 350 property owners and operators, and many other community members including homeowners and people experiencing homelessness. Five renters and seven property owners/managers participated in focus groups. Staff presented findings from this outreach to CNSC on November 2, 2020.

Key takeaways from the survey and focus group outreach include:
* ?Most respondents preferred a commission comprised of both renters and property owners/managers. Diverse backgrounds, socio-economic statuses, and rental h...

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