Housing

The City of Alameda doesn’t have any rules governing the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords – and specifically, no rules governing rents, terminations and evictions.

So what rules do govern rentals, and what rights and responsibilities do tenants and landlords have?

The California Department of Consumer Affairs has posted this guide detailing the state and some federal laws that govern tenants’ and landlords’ rights and responsibilities; here are some of the highlights.

 
Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, our 60-second news review. Here are your Alameda headlines for the week.

Alameda police have arrested two men in connection with a string of apparent arson fires that took place within a seven-block radius on and around Park Street Sunday morning. But friends of one of the suspects in a string of early-morning fires Sunday are expressing disbelief he was involved in starting them.

Rising rents are becoming a hot topic around town, and it's no mystery why: More than half of Alameda's homes are rentals, and nearly half of Island residents rent. We're starting this blog in an effort to answer your questions about the trajectory of rent costs in Alameda and the number of people whose housing may be impacted by them.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened this week.

The late wrestling star Joseph "Pepper" Gomez was always proud to be from Alameda. Gomez, who wrestled from the 1950s through the 1980s, sold out venues around the world and here in the Bay Area.

Alamedans are feeling pinched by rising rents, new survey results released by housing advocates Renewed Hope show.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.

Housing advocates are asking the city to consider new rules that could control the rise of rents.

Dozens of renters are looking for new homes after receiving eviction notices from the new owners of their complex.

Carmel Apartments, a subsidiary of San Francisco-based Carmel Partners, sent eviction notices to 84 families at Marina View Towers, they said, to perform seismic retrofits. The company purchased the building, at 1100 Pacific Marina, for $18 million in May.

Housing advocates and city leaders gathered Wednesday to celebrate the long-sought transformation of the former Islander Motel into an apartment complex for low-income workers.

“It took a really long time to do this. There were a lot of people involved. But it was certainly worth everyone’s while,” Housing Authority Executive Director Mike Pucci said over the din of the crowd that packed The Park Alameda complex’s new, sun-soaked community room to chat over plates of catered treats and a jazz band outside.

Alameda Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft talks to those gathered at the Homes are the Heart of Alameda panel discussion and tour about how important it is to have a mix of home choices in Alameda. Photo by Laura Casey.

Alameda boasts a variety of homes, from owner-occupied single family homes to studio apartment rentals. There’s just not enough housing in the Island city.