California legislators are trying to revive rent control. This week, state lawmakers introduced a package of new bills that would roll back existing state limits on the policy, and impose new regulations on how much landlords can charge tenants and when they’re allowed to kick them out.
The bills are light on policy meat at the moment, but there’s enough gristle to give us an idea where the legislature is headed.
“Millions of Californians are just one rent increase away from becoming homeless,” said Assemblyman David Chiu (D–San Francisco), one of the legislators who introduced rent control bills Thursday. “This legislation will help bring some peace of mind and predictability to renters, allowing them to plan for their future and stay in their homes.”
Chiu’s bill, AB 1482, is the most ambitious of the set. It would cap rent increases across the state at a yet-to-be-determined percentage, plus inflation. If this passed, California would become the second state behind only Oregon to have statewide rent control.