Want to learn more about Measure H, the recent voter-approved rent control charter amendment? The City has established a new webpage on its website to keep the community informed about the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment, which went into effect on December 22, 2022, and is now Article XVIII in the City Charter.
The webpage provides an update on the background and implementation of the charter amendment, responsibilities of the future Rental Housing Board, and the proposed appointment process for the board. You can also submit a comment or question. Visit cityofpasadena.net/measure-h to learn more.
City Council received an update about the formation of the Rental Housing Board from city staff at last week's meeting. Staff has prepared a draft application and draft rules for the application process. The final application and rules will be available by January 21. All materials for the Rental Housing Board will be posted on the new webpage. The application period for the Rental Housing Board begins this Monday, January 23, and application packets will be available that day at the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Room S228. Packets include the application form; verifications/declarations of qualifications, including residency and tenancy status; and a nominating petition to gather signatures of residents that support the applicant’s consideration for appointment by the City Council.
Prospective applicants must attend a workshop in Council Chambers at City Hall, Room S249, at 9 a.m. on January 23 or make an appointment with the City Clerk by calling (626) 744-4124 to apply. At that time, the City Clerk and staff will review the requirements for applicants seeking tenant member, at-large, and alternate positions on the Rental Housing Board and issue the proper documentation to those seeking appointment. City Council will announce its appointments to the board by April 21, and the board's first meeting will be held on or before May 17.
As you may know, the City has been served with a lawsuit which challenges the validity of Measure H. The City is required to continue implementing Measure H until and unless a court directs the City to stop doing so, which has not happened.
While we cannot provide legal advice on how the charter amendment applies in your personal circumstances, we will continue to keep you posted on the status of implementation.