The Glendale Tenants Union took its first step toward putting a rent control measure on the November ballot by submitting its proposed Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act to the city for approval.
The proposed ordinance, which was submitted on Jan. 22, would cap rent increases at 4 percent per year and establish a board to oversee the implementation of the new law as well as to ensure that both renters and landlords are treated fairly.
“A rent stabilization ordinance will dramatically improve the quality of life of all Glendale residents, increasing our sense of security, safety, and shared community ownership,” said Tenants Union member Victor Garcia.
The city has 15 days — Feb. 6 — to return an official summary. After that, the Glendale Tenants Union will begin the process of collecting the approximately 10,000 signatures needed to place the initiative on the November ballot.
In October, City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian deemed an earlier petition “deficient and invalid.”
According to Kassakhian, the text of that ballot measure did not contain the ballot title and summary of the city attorney.
The text of the measure was also not included anywhere in the petition, a violation of the California Election Code, Kassakhian said. The petition also did not include a declaration by the author.
To make matters worse, a number of sections of the document submitted for review had pages pasted and glued on top of other pages. In addition, sections which had been whited out were filled in again.
Approximately two-thirds of households in the city rent, and, according to the city’s own data, 59 percent of them pay more than 30 percent of their income on rent.
Rental rates in Glendale and Pasadena are among the highest in the region. In Glendale, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment has increased over the past year by 10 percent, from $2,000 to $2,200, according to a tenant advocates. In Pasadena, where a similar tenant revolt is gaining momentum, the cost of some one-bedroom apartments is also $2,200.