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A. Findings.The City Council finds and declares as follows:

1.The City has a substantial government interest in regulating the relationship between landlords and tenants to increase certainty, stability and fairness within the rental market.

2.The ordinance codified in this Article is being adopted pursuant to the City’s police power authority to protect the public health, safety, and welfare.

B. Purpose.The purpose of this Article is to adopt regulations for landlords to register their rental units and provide other information to the City on an annual basis. The registration process will allow the City to collect, monitor and analyze the characteristics of the rental units and actual rents in Monterey. This data will be available to the City Council to inform future policy decisions about the regulation of the rental market in Monterey. The registration fees collected pursuant to this Article will be used to fund the creation and maintenance of the rental inventory as well as to provide services, including referrals to mediation and legal services, education opportunities, and landlord/tenant resources, to landlords and tenants in the City. This Article supports the City’s housing goals and protects public health, safety, and welfare for Monterey residents. This Article and its implementation are intended to protect the privacy of individual tenants and the proprietary information of landlords, the public release of which could result in a competitive disadvantage. (Ord. 3671 § 5, 2023)