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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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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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The California Apartment Association’s Los Angeles County staff this week briefed Burbank’s independent rental operators about Measure RC, the city’s 2020 rent control ballot initiative. During the online meeting, CAA staff sought to inform and engage the audience and rally their support for the “No on RC” campaign. The meeting covered the most restrictive components of the measure, such as limiting annual rent increases to CPI (0.7% earlier this year), $20,000 tenant relocation fees and the removal of vacancy decontrol should Proposition 21 also pass in the Nov. 3 general election.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has joined major newspapers from across California in opposing Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure going before voters Nov. 3. “Rent control is the wrong way to help Californians struggling with housing,” says the editorial, titled No on Prop. 21: Expanding rent control will make California housing crisis worse. “Lawmakers who are juggling a lot during this pandemic need to not lose sight of that. The long-term solution is listening to experts and building new houses.” At this point, almost every major California newspaper has editorialized against Proposition 21. Like its predecessor Prop 10, Prop… Read More

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Although Culver City approved a rent control ordinance this week, it won’t be quite as stringent as first proposed. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday to approve the ordinance on a first reading. The council is expected to formalize its approval of the ordinance with a second reading Sept. 28, making Culver City one of roughly 20 jurisdictions in California with long-term local rent control laws. Click for chart. CAA also is reviewing a citizens’ ballot measure appearing before voters this November, Measure B, that would require voter approval of rent control.

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Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, along with community groups across the Central Valley, have joined the opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters on Nov. 3 ballot. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand “Prop 21 is the same bad idea the voters rejected in 2018,” Brand said. “It would give unelected rent boards unlimited power to create housing fees that would cripple the industry. Not only would increased fees hurt renters whose pocketbooks have already been hit because of COVID-19, mom and pop landlords who can’t pay their mortgages due to the pandemic would never recover.” Other… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members in Culver City to oppose a permanent rent control ordinance up for consideration this coming Monday. If adopted, Culver City’s ordinance would become one of the strictest rent control measures in California. CAA has asked its members in the Los Angeles suburb to send emails to Culver City’s mayor and council detailing the myriad problems with the ordinance. Among other things, the measure would: Peg allowable rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Establish rent registry requirements annually and upon a new tenancy. Remove owner protections in the for-cause provisions provided… Read More

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