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Antioch City Council Tuesday passed rent stabilization

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Photo of City of Antioch sign.

Many parts of the Bay Area are experiencing soaring rent prices. But after a year of trying, Antioch renters and advocates will finally have rent stabilization.

The Antioch City Council Tuesday night passed a rent stabilization ordinance by a three-to-two vote. It will cap rent increases at three percent-a-year. Before the City council meeting, a staff report detailed the importance of rent stabilization. The City has nearly 50-thousand employed residents, two-thirds of whom earn less than $50,000 dollars-a-year. Many residents are senior citizens, who live on fixed incomes. And a large percentage of seniors are people of color.

Some landlords including those that own condominiums, co-ops or single-family homes, without an additional dwelling unit, will be exempt. The City of Antioch plans to designate an office or department to hear alleged violations of the rent stabilization ordinance.

Sebastian Miño-Bucheli is a multimedia journalist and California Local News Fellow with Coastside News in Half Moon Bay. He's originally from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, but he's been loving his past four years here in the Bay Area. Sebastian is an Ecuadorian-American who reports stories for the Latinx community.