Sarah Sneed, 68, who has suffered two strokes, waited as security at the Courtyard Inn in North Highlands evict her along with her daughter and son-in-law Wedneday. They had run out of money and had no car and no place to go – but they’re not alon By Renee C. Byer

One of the few remaining tenant protection measures still alive in the California Capitol became a two-for-one bill this weekend, after lawmakers amended rent cap legislation to include eviction restrictions.

The strengthened Assembly Bill 1482, which limits rent increases to no more than 7 percent plus inflation, now also prohibits owners from evicting residents under certain circumstances.

The rent cap and “just-cause” eviction bills kicked off in February as separate items, but were strongly opposed by influential lobbyists representing powerful housing groups.

Legislators narrowly passed the rent cap bill before an important May deadline after it was modified to earn rescinded opposition from the California Association of Realtors. But the eviction proposal, though also amended, was left for dead after that deadline passed and legislators failed to take it up for a vote.

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