An initial hearing is set for legislation that would authorize California cities and counties to impose strict rent controls on single-family homes, condominiums and apartments as soon as they turn 15 years old.

The proposal, SB 466 by Sen. Aisha Wahab, D-Hayward, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, March 28.

Sen. Aisha Wahab

Wahab’s legislation would dissolve core elements of the landmark Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, California’s most important rental housing-protection law.

Costa-Hawkins prohibits cities and counties from imposing local rent control ordinances on any type of housing built after 1995, although the cutoff is earlier in some cities with rent control ordinances that pre-date Costa-Hawkins. It also bans local rent controls on single-family homes and condos of any age. SB 466 would undo these tenets of Costa-Hawkins.

The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to contact their senator and urge a no vote on SB 466 when it comes before them in the Senate. To help, click the button below, which will take you to CAA’s grassroots government advocacy system.