Ready for another fight over rent control?

Six months after a statewide initiative that could have expanded rent control across California was rejected overwhelmingly at the polls, a group of progressive state lawmakers are back with a suite of pro-tenant legislation that faces its first major legislative hurdle this month.

Bills that would allow cities to apply rent control to single-family homes, impose a “rent-gouging cap” on how much landlords could increase the rent year-over-year, and force landlords to disclose reasons behind an eviction notice are all up for crucial early committee votes.

The bills come with the backdrop of yet another rent control ballot initiative looming in 2020.

And even with Democratic majorities and the authors of those bills on a important housing committee, sponsors of the legislation admit the effort could fail this early in the process.

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