CAA launches campaign to oppose rent control measure in City of Sacramento

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The California Apartment Association has formed a coalition of housing advocacy groups to defeat a draconian rent control and “just cause” eviction measure proposed for the city of Sacramento.

The coalition, Citizens for Affordable Housing, will raise dollars to educate voters on the serious flaws of the proposed Sacramento Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment. In addition, the coalition will work with local housing providers and the city of Sacramento on solutions to increase access to affordable housing for everyone in our community.

Californians for Community Engagement, Tenants Together, Sacramento Housing Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America, and Service Employee International Union, filed the ballot measure with the Sacramento City Clerk’s office on Feb. 20.

Their Housing4Sacramento campaign has until mid-June to collect enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot. The SEIU labor union contributed over $200,000 of its members’ money to hire individuals to go door-to-door collecting signatures.

If passed by voters in November, the ballot initiative would:

  • Apply to residential rental units within the city of Sacramento, excluding those protected by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.
  • Require owners to roll back rent to the amount charged on Feb. 20, 2018.
  • Limit future rent increases to the Consumer Price Index, but no more than 5 percent year, even when inflation exceeds that level.
  • Impose strict restrictions on evictions and require expensive relocation assistance payments.
  • Establish an elected rent board and an expensive new government bureaucracy without adequate oversight.
  • Create a new rental housing fee similar to the annual $270-per-unit fee in Berkeley.

If voters also pass a statewide initiative to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, rent control would apply to nearly every rental property in the city of Sacramento. See NoHousingFreeze.org for details.

To learn more about the Sacramento rent control initiative, please review the Q&A prepared by the California Apartment Association.

Q&A for Sacramento Rent Control Initiative

The full text of the Sacramento initiative can be viewed here.

For more information on CAA’s efforts to oppose rent control, contact:

  • Jim Lofgren, CAA Senior Vice President – Sacramento Valley, jlofgren@caanet.org
  • Mallori Spilker, CAA Government Affairs Director – Sacramento Valley, mspilker@caanet.org.

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