Affordable housing advocates have joined a growing list of opponents to a measure that would overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
The California Council for Affordable Housing and the California Housing Consortium are now part of a growing list of opponents to Proposition 10, the ballot measure going before voters in November that would repeal Costa-Hawkins and return extreme forms of rent control to California.
If voters approve Prop 10 and overturn Costa-Hawkins, cities will be authorized to apply rent control to single-family homes and new multifamily housing. They’ll also be able to make rent caps permanent, even after changes in tenancy. This would create a major disincentive for the construction of rental housing, exacerbating the ongoing shortage of housing for low- and middle-income Californians.
“Proposition 10 could actually have the unintended consequence of hurting the many Californians who need affordable housing by limiting the supply and production of the very types of homes needed,” Ray Pearl, executive director of the California Housing Consortium, said in a news release from the No on Prop 10 campaign.
Pat Sabelhaus, executive director of the California Council for Affordable Housing, said in the news release that Californians would be better served by approving Proposition 1, a $4 billion bond measure that would boost the production of affordable housing.
Affordable housing organizations are part of the growing coalition of civil justice, labor, business and veterans organizations opposed to Proposition 10. Opposition to the measure includes the California Chamber of Commerce, NAACP CA and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California.
- CAA warns that Prop 10 would cause exodus from rental market (CAA, Aug. 15)
- Bay Area Council joins opponents to Costa-Hawkins repeal (CAA, Aug. 13)
- Legislative Analyst’s Office: Prop 10 may cause local, state taxes to soar (CAA, July 25)
- Civil Justice Association of California announces opposition to Proposition 10 (CAA, July 25)
- State Building and Construction Trades Council joins CAA, others to fight Costa-Hawkins repeal (CAA, June 30)
- CAA, FPI Management and REALTORS warn lawmakers that repealing Costa-Hawkins would worsen housing crisis (CAA, June 22)
- Measure to repeal Costa-Hawkins qualifies for November ballot (CAA, June 22)