After defeat of AB 1506, tenant groups turn to initiative to overturn Costa-Hawkins


Tenant operatives are now attempting to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act through a statewide ballot measure targeted for the November 2018 election.

Signature gathering to qualify the initiative began after the state attorney general issued a title and summary for the measure, which you can find here.

Qualifying the ballot measure for the fall became the focus of tenant groups in January after CAA and its allies defeated AB 1506, a bill that would have overturned Costa-Hawkins and brought extreme forms of rent control back to California.

The bill fell just one vote shy of advancing to the Assembly floor, leaving tenant activists and their allies more determined than ever to overturn California’s most important landlord-protection law.

The California Apartment Association has created a campaign committee called Californians for Responsible Housing and is assembling a game plan to defeat the initiative. Within 30 to 45 days, CAA will begin securing assistance from rental property owners throughout the state. Stay tuned for more information and instructions on how you can help.

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  • CAA correctly makes the case that the repeal of Costa-Hawkins would permanently halt desperately needed apartment construction in California. But I think the key to defeating the ballot measure is to convey to all owners of single family homes and condos that if this measure passes, their home could be subject to rent control, should they ever choose to rent it out. Once they realize the direct impact it may have on them personally, homeowners’ will lose sympathy for the tenants’ narrative and will vote no. Outreach to these millions of homeowners can be coordinated through the California Assn. of Realtors and their army of agents, as well as through the press.

    Sincere thanks to CAA for your recent success in Sacramento and all your tremendous efforts on our behalf.