- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland City Council has approved two proposals that would sharply limit property owners’ ability to raise rents.

Oakland is the fourth most expensive rental market in the nation.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2ac1Yck ) Wednesday that the companion measures require landlords to petition for approval of any annual rent hike of more than 10 percent. Another measure will limit the amount that property owners can charge their tenants for capital improvements to a building.

Opponents of the rent control measures say they unfairly penalized small property owners. Others say capping rent hikes and extending eviction controls will benefit newcomers but hurt people whose families have lived there for generations.

Oakland’s current laws put the burden for challenges to such increases on tenants, forcing them to show why property owners are not entitled to them.

In addition, each proposal includes several tenant protections.

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Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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