City eyes a registry for apartments

Editor’s note: No decision was made on the registry at Monday’s council meeting and approval has been put off until a future date.

BY BRADEN CARTWRIGHT
Daily Post Staff Writer

Palo Alto City Council is considering tonight (Nov. 8) a number of new policies for rental housing, and at the top of the list is a rental registry that would likely be funded by a fee on landlords.

Other policies on the table are rent control, eviction protections, tenant relocation assistance, security deposit limits and a ban on criminal background checks.

The average rent in Palo Alto is $3,648 a month, and the vast majority of renters making less than $75,000 a year spend more than 30% of their income on rent, Shikada’s report to council says.

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