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At a “state of housing” event hosted by the California Apartment Association last week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg doubled down on his opposition to placing a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure on the city ballot. Steinberg also said that AB 1482, the statewide rent cap legislation that took effect Jan. 1, presents a thoughtful approach to preventing price gouging and renter displacement. The mayor was the guest speaker at a CAA issue-briefing breakfast March 6 for a small group of rental owners, property management executives and multifamily developers.

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The California Apartment Association is preparing for another battle at the ballot box in defense of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the state’s most important landlord-protection law. Anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein’s latest initiative to undermine Costa-Hawkins — and bring radical forms of rent control back to California — is targeted for November statewide ballot. The Secretary of State’s office is expected to qualify the measure over the next few weeks, after verification that petitioners met the signature-gathering requirements, Weinstein’s so-called Rental Affordability Act would weaken Costa-Hawkins, allowing cities and counties to impose rent controls at any level they choose –… Read More

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Since its adoption, Proposition 13 has brought certainty to property owners and businesses in the state.  Any changes to this measure would certainly lead to higher taxes for businesses and higher prices for consumers.  A current proposal would change this certainty. While the proposal would not directly affect residential properties such as apartments or single-family rental housing, dismantling 1978’s Prop 13 creates a dangerous precedent.

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The California Apartment Association is gearing up for another campaign to keep radical forms of rent control out of California. Once again, anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein is using the initiative process in an attempt to resurrect the radical rent control policies of the 1970s – policies that would place homes further out of reach for seniors and working families and exacerbate California’s homelessness crisis. At a series of rallies Thursday, Weinstein and other tenant activists announced they had enough signatures to qualify their latest radical rent control measure for the November 2020 ballot.

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Refusing to bow to pressure from a splinter group of tenant advocates, the Sacramento City Council ignored demands to place a rent control and “just cause” initiative on the March 3, 2020, primary election ballot. The initiative, known as the Sacramento Renter Protection and Community Stabilization Charter Amendment, already qualified to be placed on a future ballot. It’s up to the City Council to determine whether the measure will appear on the ballot of the next primary, general or special election. The registrar of voters set a Dec. 6 deadline for the City Council to approve placing an initiative on… Read More

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Rental owners and property managers in the city of Sacramento are focused on complying with AB 1482 as well as the Tenant Protection and Relief Act passed by the Sacramento City Council. However, they should not forget about the local rent control and “just cause” initiative that already qualified for the ballot in 2020. In October 2018, the registrar of voters certified that a coalition of tenant and labor activists, including ACCE and SEIU, had submitted enough signatures for the initiative to be placed on a future ballot. The coalition intended for the initiative to appear on the November 2018… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday decided to place its own measure before voters seeking changes to the city’s rent control ordinance. The measure, approved on a 5-2 vote, will appear on the March 2020 ballot and would change the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in several ways. Here are key highlights of what the measure would do:

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The Mountain View City Council is eyeing a potential ballot measure that would make changes to the city’s rent control law.   It’s unclear, however, what changes would be included in the potential measure – and whether they could make the city’s rent control ordinance even worse.   City staff has suggested the council might explore asking voters to bolster its rent control law with a rent registry, vacancy control for landlord-caused tenancy terminations, new noticing requirements, and possible limits on how housing providers share utility costs with renters. 

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A coalition led by CAA — including  local businesses, the real estate sector, homeowners and other community members – has qualified a referendum on El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance. To qualify the referendum, petitioners needed to submit 1,631 valid voter signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk. On Thursday, the Contra County registrar of voters confirmed the success of that effort, counting 1,993 valid signatures.

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A statewide rent control measure targeted for 2020 would likely drive rental units from the market, decrease apartment property values, and possibly diminish annual tax revenues by tens of millions of dollars or more.  Those were some of the predictions this week from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office. The nonpartisan fiscal and policy adviser published an analysis Monday of the potential impacts of Michael Weinstein’s Rental Affordability Act, or as some are calling it, Proposition 10 2.0.  The proposition is Weinstein’s latest attempt to return extreme forms of rent control to California through the statewide initiative process. Weinstein’s previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed miserably at the polls this past November.  The proposed statewide ballot measure would allow cities and counties to… Read More

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