California Rent-Control Bill Advances
An “anti-rent-gouging bill” cleared a state Senate committee Tuesday, bringing the state of California closer to universal rent control, Curbed reports. The bill, which still has to clear another Senate committee as well as the full Senate, would cap rent increases at seven percent plus the rise in the consumer price index per year. The bill would also restrict landlords’ ability to evict tenants unless they had “just cause,” such as criminal activity or failing to pay rent.
The Terner Center for Housing Innovation estimates the bill would affect 4.6 million households statewide, including some in cities that already have their own rent control. For example, Los Angeles has rent control for buildings built before 1978; the new bill would extend rent control to buildings built between 1978 and 2009.