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In this month’s election, the California Apartment Association’s efforts helped elect candidates to the state Legislature and to city councils who understand the challenges facing the rental housing industry and who will work on balanced, pragmatic solutions to the state’s housing crisis. And, voters overwhelmingly rejected onerous ballot measures that would have restricted the ability to build and maintain affordable homes. Through its political action committees, including CAAPAC, the association backed candidates for state Assembly and state Senate, as well as for local offices across California, who support the rental housing industry and understand the vital role it plays in… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has defeated an initiative in Tuesday’s election that would have imposed rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Burbank. As of Wednesday morning, Burbank voters had rejected Measure RC with 63.5% of the vote. By stopping Measure RC, CAA has protected Burbank’s rental housing industry from a severe form of rent control tied to inflation on pre-1995 multifamily housing. Among other things, Measure RC threatened to:  Roll rents back to September 2019 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 1% floor and 4% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls. Establish a rent commission to oversee the rental… Read More

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After facing aggressive opposition from the California Apartment Association, a draconian initiative to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Sacramento has failed passage. In Tuesday’s election, 61.8% of voters rejected the initiative, Measure C. By defeating Measure C, CAA has protected Sacramento’s rental housing industry from San Francisco-style rent control and just-cause eviction protections. Among other things, Measure C threatened to: Roll rents back to February 2018 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 2% floor and 5% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls and relocation assistance for no-fault evictions. Establish an elected rent board to oversee the rental… Read More

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Once again, the California Apartment Association has helped keep extreme forms of rent control out of the state. Thanks largely to a campaign led by CAA, voters in Tuesday’s election rejected Proposition 21, the statewide ballot measure that would have invited back the radical rent control policies that proliferated in the 1970s and ’80s. As of Wednesday morning, with 99% of precincts partially reporting, 59.8% of voters had rejected Prop 21, while 40.2% voted to approve the measure. “It’s heartening that voters across the state recognized that Prop 21 would have worsened California’s ongoing housing shortage and homelessness crisis,” said… Read More

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In Tuesday’s election, voters will decide the future of California’s rental housing industry. The apartment and rental home business faces an existential threat with Proposition 21, a statewide rent control measure that threatens to dismantle California’s most important landlord-protection law. At the same time, strict rent control measures are going before voters in the cities of Sacramento and Burbank.

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Supporters of extreme rent control have released “misleading” TV commercials promoting Proposition 21, according to fact checks by news media organizations throughout California. Proponents of Prop 21 are attempting to bring back the radical forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and ’80s. Their advertising, however, fails to accurately describe the measure or the chilling effect it would have on affordable housing production. KCRA-TV, Northern California’s largest station, called two ads supporting Prop 21 on TV ads “misleading.” Among its criticism: ads say that homelessness would be reduced yet there is no provision in Proposition 21… Read More

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As a service to its members, the California Apartment Association’s Board of Directors has announced its positions on a pair of state propositions appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot:

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More than 100 elected leaders from throughout California this week announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters in the Nov. 3 statewide election. The list of officials opposing radical rent control measure includes county supervisors, mayors, city council members, city clerks and board members. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop 21 could result in a decline in property values which in turn would result in the potential loss of tax revenue. Prop 21 also could result in “tens of millions of dollars per year” in increased costs to local government. Like… Read More

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The Sacramento Bee this weekend urged voters to reject Measure C, the local rent control measure on the city of Sacramento’s Nov. 3 ballot. The newspaper notes that Measure C should not even be appearing before city voters. Last year, rent control proponents promised to withdraw their measure from the ballot if the city Council were to adopt is own rent control ordinance.  But when the city did just that in summer 2019, only two of the three proponents kept their commitment and submitted withdrawal letters; a third, Michelle Pariset of Public Advocates, did not, leaving the rent control initiative in… Read More

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Besides weighing in on Proposition 21, residents in two California cities will get to vote on local rent control initiatives, too. In the Nov. 3 election, voters in Sacramento and Burbank will decide the fate of Measures C and RC, respectively.

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