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Slew of State Housing Bills Will Make Little Dent in Santa Monica

March 15, 2019 -- A series of housing bills introduced in the State Assembly Thursday will likely have little impact on Santa Monica's skyrocketing rental market, although one of them could pave the way for a local voter initiative. Of the four bills, the one introduced by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom could go before [...]

2019-03-19T10:28:40-07:00March 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

Coalition of Property Owners Claims That Rent Control Policies a Threat to Affordable Housing

The SHAPE Illinois Coalition held a press conference Wednesday to encourage lawmakers to keep rent control out of the state. Michael Mini, the executive vice president of Chicagoland Apartment Association, said SHAPE Illinois was formed to demonstrate why rent control policies can be problematic. Mini said that SHAPE Illinois opposes three bills that want to [...]

2019-03-19T10:18:54-07:00March 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control Comes Roaring Back to Life in California

California legislators are trying to revive rent control. This week, state lawmakers introduced a package of new bills that would roll back existing state limits on the policy, and impose new regulations on how much landlords can charge tenants and when they're allowed to kick them out. The bills are light on policy meat [...]

2019-03-19T09:58:52-07:00March 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

California Renters Need Relief. That Means Weakening Costa-Hawkins

Over the last few years, California’s elected officials have finally gotten serious about fixing the housing shortage that is eroding the quality of life here. Lawmakers have passed bills to streamline the development of housing in urban areas and to make it harder for cities to block much-needed housing construction. Voters have approved billions [...]

2019-03-19T09:58:09-07:00March 19th, 2019|Advocacy|

Editorial: Rent Control Still Can’t Solve California’s Housing Crisis

Proponents of rent control, which is threatening to make a comeback in the California Legislature, often portray the opposition as consisting entirely of landlords and developers. The implication is that the unbridled greed of real estate interests is all that stands in their way. What they omit is the consensus against the policy that persists among experts [...]

2019-03-18T17:06:57-07:00March 18th, 2019|Advocacy|

Oakland Isn’t Even Close to Meeting Its Lofty Low-Income Housing Goal

Oakland is on track to surpass its ambitious goal of building 17,000 new homes by 2024, but is falling far short in building affordable housing, city officials said Tuesday, fueling questions about whether the city’s massive building boom will help house its most vulnerable residents. In the three years since Mayor Libby Schaaf set her housing [...]

2019-03-15T14:22:27-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advocacy|

Frick: ‘Rent Stabilization’ Sounds Nice, but It Won’t Do What Its Proponents Want

When we talk about the housing crisis in Oregon, we talk about a complex issue that is, at its core, easy to understand. Oregon has a housing shortage, and so available housing costs more. The supply of housing in Oregon has not kept up with the increase in demand for housing. Scarcity drives pricing; this [...]

2019-03-15T13:26:48-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advocacy|

German Rent Control Works for Both Landlords and Tenants

As the global property industry meets in Cannes, France for its premier annual conference, rent control is a big topic of discussion. Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, recently drew sharp criticism for proposing new controls as a way of making life in the British capital more attractive and more affordable. And in the US, Oregon [...]

2019-03-15T12:10:47-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advocacy|

The Candidates Agree on Most Issues. Rent Control Isn’t One of Them.

Toni Preckwinkle has come out strongly in favor of repealing Illinois’s Rent Control Pre-Emption Act of 1997. The law provides that “[a] unit of local government … shall not enact, maintain, or enforce an ordinance or resolution that would have the effect of controlling the amount of rent charged for leasing private residential or commercial [...]

2019-03-15T12:05:29-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advocacy|

La Rent Control Increases Will Climb to 4 Percent in 2019

Angelenos living in rent-controlled apartments may see monthly rent payments climb slightly higher than expected in the coming months. In the city of Los Angeles, price hikes for most apartments built before 1978 are regulated by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance, and for the last decade have been capped at 3 percent annually. But in the 12-month [...]

2019-03-15T10:44:33-07:00March 15th, 2019|Advocacy|