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

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Although CAA in January stopped AB 1506, a bill to overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, California’s most important landlord-protection law remains in peril.

After Assembly Bill 1506 fell just one vote shy of advancing to the Assembly floor, tenant activists and their allies in the Legislature are more determined than ever to overturn the Costa-Hawkins Act and bring extreme forms of rent control back to California.

Supporters of a statewide ballot initiative to repeal Costa-Hawkins are now collecting signatures, attempting to qualify the repeal measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The California Apartment Association is assembling a campaign 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.

Their hope now rests in the statewide initiative process. Tenant operatives have begun collecting signatures to qualify a Costa-Hawkins repeal measure for the November 2018 ballot.

The California Apartment Association is assembling a campaign 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.