Rent Stabilization Update –
Registrar of Voters Determination on Referendum Petition 

A referendum petition was filed on September 26, 2016 challenging portions of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance adopted by the City Council on August 30, 2016 ( Ordinance No. 4072). This means that the challenged parts of the Ordinance are currently suspended and did not take effect on September 30, 2016 as originally scheduled.

The Petition challenged all parts of the Ordinance except one: The Petition did not challenge the provision of the Ordinance that repealed both the moratorium on rent increases that took effect on July 7, 2016 and the Just Cause Ordinance that took effect on September 16, 2016.  That means that as of September 30, 2016, the City no longer imposes limits on rent increases or evictions.

On December 21, 2016, the City Clerk received the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters’ determination that the Referendum Petition challenging portions of Ordinance No. 4072 contained a sufficient number of valid signatures to qualify the referendum for the ballot. 
Pursuant to Elections Code Section 9240, the City Clerk, as the Election Official, must certify the Petition’s sufficiency at the next regular meeting of City Council following receipt of the Registrar’s determination. This item is scheduled for the regular City Council meeting on January 10, 2017.

Once the City Clerk certifies the Petition’s sufficiency, the City Council must take one of two actions:
(1) repeal the portions of Ordinance No. 4072 challenged by the Petition; or
(2) submit the issue to the voters at a special election or the next general election. If the Ordinance is submitted to the voters, the Ordinance will not take effect unless and until the voters approve it.

Questions about the referendum petition or Rent Stabilization Ordinance? Contact the City Manager’s Office at (707) 543-3010.

Referendum Petition Fraud Complaints
We have received complaints alleging that individuals circulating a referendum petition objecting to the City Council’s adoption of a rent control ordinance have provided misleading information to voters considering whether to sign the petition. If you wish to file a complaint regarding potential petition fraud, please contact the Santa Rosa Police Department at (707) 528-5222.


Related Rent Stabilization Documents

FAQ - English 

FAQ - Español

Rent Stabilization Summary (11/8/2016)

Panorama General Para La Estabilizacion De La Renta