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Housing in Brief: California Rent-Control Bill Advances

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 [...]

2019-07-12T16:14:19-07:00July 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

California Is One Step Closer to Statewide Rent Control

In May, a half-dozen bills aimed at alleviating California’s housing affordability crisis were killed in the Senate, in what has been called the “the worst month in California’s housing policy history.” Yesterday, one of the few stragglers that survived, “anti-rent gouging bill” AB 1482, cleared the Senate judiciary committee. If passed, it would expand “just cause” eviction [...]

2019-07-12T16:11:56-07:00July 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Toronto Set for Record Apartment Surge after Rent Control Lifted

Toronto’s apartment crunch is finally easing as new supply hits the market and the removal of rent controls leads to record units on the drawing board, according to a new report. The vacancy rate rose to 1.5% in the second quarter, the highest since 2015, when research firm Urbanation began tracking the data. Rent increases [...]

2019-07-12T16:09:35-07:00July 12th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Bill Struggles in California Legislature

SACRAMENTO — Lawmakers and landlords are haggling over how much California housing to carve out of a tenant protection bill that would cap rent increases and require a just cause for evictions. Although it passed in the state Senate Judiciary Committee late Tuesday, AB1482 faces continued opposition from groups representing apartment owners, developers and real estate agents [...]

2019-07-11T16:45:43-07:00July 11th, 2019|Advocacy|

Berkeley Homeowners Fight Arcane Wording That Could Subject Duplexes to Rent Control

Evan Meyer and his wife Gay Lee Gulbrandson have owned their house on Hopkins Street in North Berkeley since 1973. The 1,600-square-foot home was just the right size to raise their family of three kids — and it provided an extra financial benefit. There was a second, 1,900-square-foot, three-bedroom home on the property, which the [...]

2019-07-10T16:37:59-07:00July 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How California’s Housing Crisis Could Hit Seniors Hard

Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you want to get California Today delivered to your inbox.) It’s Tuesday. So far this week, my colleagues have reported on why the ShakeAlertLA app didn’t notify Angelenos about the two big quakes that jolted Southern California and how Representative Eric Swalwell became the first Democrat to drop out of the presidential race while the [...]

2019-07-10T16:35:58-07:00July 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

California-Wide Rent Cap Advances despite Landlord Opposition

A bill that would impose a statewide rent cap and restrict evictions moved forward Tuesday, marking a victory for advocates who so far have been struggling to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s housing crisis. Assembly Bill 1482, which would restrict rent increases on certain properties to an average of about 10 percent a [...]

2019-07-10T16:33:24-07:00July 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Exodus: For Bay Area Millennials, Moving up Means Moving Out

Jen and Brian Hurst pose for a photograph in a shipping container packed with their belonging outside their home in San Jose, Calif., on Friday, May 24, 2019. The young couple recently sold their San Jose home and are moving to Spokane, Wash. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on [...]

2019-07-10T16:26:33-07:00July 10th, 2019|Advocacy|

Los Angeles Ranked the Nation’s 5th Most Expensive City for Renters

decline in rental costs. That’s the upshot of a new report from price tracker Zumper.com. The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom unit in L.A. was $2,250 in June, down 3.8% from a year earlier, the report said. A two-bedroom apartment was $3,030, down 7.9 percent year-over-year. L.A. and the other cities included in the 10 [...]

2019-07-08T17:06:56-07:00July 8th, 2019|Advocacy|

What If Renting an Apartment Were as Easy as Booking an Airbnb?

More people are renting today than in the past 50 years, according to the Pew Research Center, but the apartment search process can be a dispiriting experience. Just before I emigrated from the UK, I emailed the one person I knew in Los Angeles (who happened to be a Hollywood agent so, you know, pretty well-connected). [...]

2019-07-08T16:57:25-07:00July 8th, 2019|Advocacy|