Why is the City considering requiring rent control?

 There is an acute housing shortage on the Coastside. The City’s draft Housing Element (www.hmbcity.com/housingelement),which is mandated by State law, is nearing adoption and State certification. The Housing Element documents the many challenges, constraints and opportunities for meeting housing needs in the City of Half Moon Bay. The element includes recommended actions (implementation measures) to address both creation of new affordable housing and protection of existing rental housing. Rent control and related policies are identified by the Housing Element as an implementation strategy to protect tenants and preserve rental housing opportunities in Half Moon Bay. 

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1. What is rent control?
2. Why is the City considering requiring rent control?
3. Is the City Council supportive of rent control?
4. What is the Residential Rental Registration Ordinance?
5. What is the purpose of the Residential Rental Registration Ordinance?
6. Why is this being proposed now?
7. How does the Residential Rental Registration ordinance affect me as a tenant?
8. What does the Residential Rental Registration ordinance require of me as a landlord? Will there be a charge?
9. Will the information I provide in the registration process be made public?
10. How do I participate in the decision-making process?
11. Where can I find more information?
12. How do I provide comments or ask questions?