A proposal to place a cap on rent hikes statewide was approved in the California Assembly late Wednesday and will now advance into the Senate—with major changes to appease a powerful group of realtors.
The Mercury News reports that “because of an 11th-hour handshake deal” with the California Association of Realtors, the rent caps proposed under Assembly Bill 1482 are now higher: 7 percent, plus the rate of inflation, which averages about 2.5 percent in California.
It was approved as lawmakers scrambled to meet a Friday deadline for bills in the California Legislature to pass in their original chambers. AB 1482 was the only tenant protection bill to survive.
Assembly Bill 1481, a “companion” bill to AB 1482 that would have made it illegal for landlords to evict tenants without “just cause,” failed to come up for a vote on Thursday. It is now dead for the year.