Rent Review Advisory Committee

The City Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 has been canceled.

Alameda’s Rent Review Advisory Committee reviews complaints about potentially excessive rent increases and tries to mediate disputes between landlords and renters over a touchy subject that both may have a tough time discussing unaided: Money.

The committee, which meets monthly as complaints arise, is Alameda’s primary tool for addressing rent disputes. Chairperson Karen Miller says its approach has produced solutions for renters grappling with steep increases and poor property conditions.

Jose and Aura Lyla Gonzalez lived in a bright, roomy unit at the rear of 1514 Benton Street for 17 years that was surrounded by trees, birds and good neighbors. But a few months ago the couple, who are in their late 70s, received word that the building had been sold to a new owner and then, a letter that their rent was going to increase by $600 a month – a 67 percent jump from the $900 a month they were paying.