For the remainder of 2017, lawmakers have shelved a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that’s protected California from extreme forms of rent control for more than 20 years.

Amid strong opposition from the California Apartment Association, legislators this week decided to make AB 1506 a two-year bill, meaning the Legislature won’t consider a repeal of Costa-Hawkins this year but could take it up again in 2018.  The author will instead host a series of public hearings to determine what can be done on this topic.

Under the Costa-Hawkins Act, apartments built after 1995 are exempted from …

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