Costa-Hawkins Under Attack!!!

Costa-Hawkins Under Attack!!!

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A declaration of intent to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to repeal Costa-Hawkins has been submitted to the State of California.

Over 300,000 signatures will be needed for this to become a state wide ballot initiative and we need all owners to get involved to ensure even if it does make it to the ballot, it fails. Make sure all of your partners who care about this industry are knowledgeable about this radical effort to repeal Costa-Hawkins. You can read more about the effort to repeal HERE!

Costa-Hawkins, the state law passed in 1995, helps ensure the local housing market is not hampered by stringent price controls which have been found time and again to be detrimental to society as a whole. It exempts new construction from local rent control laws to encourage the supply of housing, exempts single-family homes from any form of rent control and requires all local rent control laws to contain a “vacancy decontrol” provision to allow the rental price to be set at the operator’s discretion after a tenant vacancy.

This law has been a lifeline to rental owners in rent control jurisdictions and has served to moderate the more crippling elements of price controls. Prior to Costa-Hawkings, cities such as Santa Monica prevented the raising of rents upon a vacancy. Costa-Hawkins is the single most important legislation protecting rental property operators in the State of California.

We will keep you abreast of the signature gathering efforts.


  1. Robert S. October 27, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    The rental industry needs to have a plan to establish a constitutional challenge to these new types of extreme rent control laws being attempted. What’s the current Presidential Administration and the possibility of another Supreme Court Justice, there may be a brief period of time in the not too distant future where a challenge against the constitutionality of rent control could prevail; provided everyone who’s in a position to do the challenge is ready to go with the right case. I hope the powers in the rental industry have been thinking about this, and are ready if the opportunity arises.

  2. Thom Daniels February 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Why are Costa Hawkins updates so far down on the AAGLA website? Why are stale “news items” from December 2017 at the top? If keeping Costa Hawkins is so important, why isn’t AAGLA doing more to educate members on its own website? Do you need more help? More money? I’m getting a little worried here. Let’s work on this all together. This is a big deal, folks.

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