California REALTORS® applaud Gov. Newsom’s commitment to address housing crisis, C.A.R. says

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom's State of the State address: "We applaud Gov. Gavin Newsom's demonstration of his ongoing commitment and leadership toward building more affordable and available housing in California and couldn't agree more when he stated, 'If we want a California for all, we have to build housing [...]

2019-02-13T16:58:15+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Controls in London? What Is Being Suggested Is Not New – Indeed It Looks Pretty Mainstream

As part of his re-elction bid, Sadiq Khan has hinted that he is considering introducing rent controls across London. Christine Whitehead explains what has actually been suggested, how it compares to private rented sectors elsewhere in Europe, and who may stand to gain from such changes. In January 2019, Sadiq Khan announced that he had asked James Murray, [...]

2019-02-13T16:51:08+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Oregon Senators Pass 1st-In-Nation Statewide Rent Control

The Oregon Senate voted 17-11 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a reason. Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, who recently unseated an incumbent in a race dominated by housing, opened the floor debate with a story she often told on the campaign trail: [...]

2019-02-13T16:46:25+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rents in Many California Cities Keep Rising, Could a Cap on Increases Help?

Californians' rejection of a rent control measure in November 2018 has prompted some politicians in Sacramento to talk about getting an anti-rent gouging cap on the books. The idea is similar to a current law that bars the state's businesses from raising the price on goods and services beyond 10 percent during natural disasters. Click here to continue reading.

2019-02-13T10:43:48+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Rent Control, Inclusionary Zoning Make Surprise Appearance in Housing Bill Hearing

A proposed amendment to affordable housing legislation would give local municipalities the option to use inclusionary zoning or rent control as a tool to fight Nevada’s housing crises. Originally, Senate Bill 103 only included language to allow municipalities to reduce or subsidize certain fees, such as sewage fees, in order to aid developers. However, state Sen. Julia [...]

2019-02-13T10:35:32+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Oregon Senate approves statewide rent control, tenant protections

The Oregon Senate on Tuesday approved a proposal for a first-of-its-kind statewide rent control policy, as well as new restrictions on evictions without cause. Senate Bill 608 breezed through the Senate after a single committee hearing with the support of a Democratic majority. The 17-11 vote went mostly along party lines, but Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, [...]

2019-02-13T10:31:13+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Lawmakers Consider Far-Reaching Rent Control Bill

A bill introduced in Springfield last week takes the concept of opening up Illinois to rent control to a new level, laying out not only a repeal of the state's ban but the establishment of rent control boards statewide, tax incentives for landlords to improve rental property and other measures. "We tried to make something [...]

2019-02-13T10:28:42+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Residents Say Apartment Complex Haunted by ‘Smell of Death’

The smell of death. Some people say it lingers in an apartment complex in New Braunfels where things are so bad, they don’t know where to turn. The New Braunfels housing authority, who oversees the laurel plaza apartments said they’ve had 7 reported incidents of smells or rat activity, and the Mayor said there is [...]

2019-02-13T10:23:33+00:00February 13th, 2019|Advocacy|

Support Grows for Bill That Would Legalize More Home Construction Across California

California's latest effort to allow for more housing construction in the state's urban areas is quickly gaining steam, suggesting that this year's stab at reform might succeed where past attempts have failed. A new poll from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce found that 74 percent of people in San Francisco support a state bill that would [...]

2019-02-12T10:04:10+00:00February 12th, 2019|Advocacy|