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Tenant Groups Introduce Initiative to Repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act

Rent control advocacy groups have filed a proposed ballot initiative to drastically expand California’s rent control laws. The measure would repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits the ability of city and county governments to enact stronger rent control laws. It was filed by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) Action and the Eviction Defense Network, along with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

If the law were scrapped, local governments could opt to apply rent control to new units and single-family homes. In Oakland, rent control can only be applied to units built prior to January 1, 1983. Critics of the law also take aim at the fact that single-family homes and certain condos are exempt from rent control—and that it allows rental property owners of rent-controlled units to reset the cost of rent to market-rate prices every time a tenant voluntarily moves out.

EBRHA and real estate groups argue that repealing Costa Hawkins would exacerbate California’s housing crisis by deterring new construction. EBRHA has joined forces with other industry organizations to deter the repeal of Costa-Hawkins and will send updates as they become available. Source: Curbed

Below are articles for reference:

Rent-control policy `likely fueled the gentrification of San Francisco,’ study finds
Ballot measure would expand rent control across California
The largest effort to expand rent control in decades is on hold in Sacramento