Assemblyman Richard Bloom speaks during a press conference Thursday about a package of bills that lawmakers say would cap rents statewide and allow rent control on single-family homes. Click on the photo to watch video from the press conference.

Lawmakers on Thursday announced a package of rental housing legislation that would cap rent increases statewide and allow local governments to apply rent control to single-family homes and 10-year-old construction.

The housing package also will include a “just cause” for eviction measure, as well as a statewide rental registry, the legislators said during a press conference and through a news release.

Although lacking detail at present,  AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation plus a yet-to-be-determined figure, the press release says, and would not supersede existing local rent control laws.

AB 36 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, also is light on detail, however, the press release says it would allow local governments to cap rents on single-family residences and on construction that’s at least 10 years old, while exempting landlords with one or two units.

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