Rental housing is a business, not a war crime, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers in Sacramento from going nuclear against the owners of apartment buildings in California.
A dozen bills targeting the rental housing business have been introduced in the state legislature. Combined, they represent what might be the greatest assault on property rights in the history of the state.
The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee is currently considering Assembly Bill 36, which would allow local governments to enact rent control on buildings that are more than 10 years old, and also on single family homes and condominiums. This is another attempt to do what voters refused to do in November when they rejected Proposition 10, which would have repealed the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a state law that limited local rent control ordinances.