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STOP the Flawed Rental Housing Initiative

The so-called “Affordable Housing Act” (Initiative 17-0041) is anything but affordable housing. DON’T BE FOOLED, THE INITIATIVE:  Will NOT increase funding for affordable housing.  Will NOT force local communities to build the housing approved in their general plans.  Will NOT provide any immediate relief for people facing higher housing costs. Legal analysts warn the initiative includes several flaws, is vague and confusing, [...]

2018-06-18T23:36:36+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Will stronger rent control spread across California? Here’s what you need to know.

"California voters are set to vote this November on an initiative that would allow California cities and counties to adopt stronger rent control laws, which limit how much landlords are allowed to raise rents each year. The Secretary of State's office reported last week that initiative backers have enough valid signatures to qualify it for the Nov. [...]

2018-06-18T23:12:40+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

California rent control measure makes November ballot

"On Friday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirmed that supporters of a voter initiative calling for the repeal of the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act had gathered enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot." Click here to continue reading

2018-06-18T19:20:51+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Californians will make a big decision on rent control in November

"California voters will decide in November whether to give cities and counties new freedom to expand the use of rent control after an initiative backed by tenant groups earned a spot Friday on this fall’s ballot. The initiative would repeal a decades-old state law that prevents local governments from passing most new rent control laws." [...]

2018-06-18T17:38:30+00:00 June 18th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

One Possible Way To Resolve Rent Control Debate — Allowing Short-Term Rentals

"Could allowing tenants to rent out their apartments by the day or week help solve the problem of affordability, particularly as the state mulls the repeal of Costa-Hawkins, California's law that limits rent control? Pillow co-founder and CEO Sean Conway believes so." Click here to continue reading

2018-06-15T16:25:01+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Los Angeles Coalition Offers Sage Advice to LA County Tenant Protections Working GroupProperty owners given limited ability to join the conversation about rental housing issues

"The Los Angeles Coalition for Responsible Housing Solutions, an association of housing and property experts from across Los Angeles County, will provide public testimony before the Los Angeles County Tenant Protections Working Group on Wednesday at 8 AM. Thus far, the conversation surrounding tenant protections and rent stabilization has been driven without substantial input from property owners. The [...]

2018-06-14T18:20:18+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Venezuela’s Long Road to Ruin

"Rent control in Venezuela dates to 1939 but was not enforced by Pérez Jiménez. In August 1960 Betancourt revived it, passing a new rent-control law and prohibitions on eviction. Since then, 'not one apartment rental building has been built,' writes Vladimir Chelminski in his 2017 book, 'Venezuelan Society Checkmated.' The legendary slums that climb Caracas’s [...]

2018-06-12T21:21:55+00:00 June 12th, 2018|Advocacy|

Costa-Hawkins Repeal will make Housing Less Affordable: Don’t Make an Emotional Decision

"So many people are talking about the potential repeal of Costa-Hawkins (The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act). The main assumption being made is that if we repealed the act then we could create new affordable housing. People constantly talk about the difficulty they face in finding housing that is affordable to their paychecks. Los Angeles County [...]

2018-06-11T22:35:07+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Expect More Protests, Rallies As Tenant Groups Push To Repeal Restrictions On Rent Control

With the California November election about five months away, several tenant rights groups and apartment associations representing owners and landlords are gearing up for a big fight over the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits rent control. On one side, tenant unions want to repeal the law. They are concerned with low- and middle-income earners, [...]

2018-06-07T23:32:28+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Advocacy, Local Updates|

Sacramento Bee Voter Guide

"The Sacramento Bee Voter Guide asked the candidates for California Governor where they stand on rent control. Of the 6 leading candidates Newsom, Villaragosa, Chiang and Eastin have all said that they are in favor or rent control. Only Allen and Cox have said that they are against rent control. For more details, please see the Sacramento Bee Voter [...]