Proponents of an initiative that would clean up Mountain View’s rent control law have submitted thousands of signatures in hopes of placing the measure before voters in November 2020.

On Monday, Oct. 8, a coalition of local homeowners, housing providers and residents filed 7,422 signatures with the Mountain View city clerk.

Since Measure V brought rent control to Mountain View in 2016, rental housing owners have responded by taking units off the market, making way for million-dollar condominiums. The proposed initiative would encourage owners to continue providing rental housing and protect Mountain View renters from displacement.

“Voters realize that Measure V is a failed policy and needs to be cleaned up to provide real protections for lower-income families,” said Joshua Howard, senior vice president for the California Apartment Association in Northern California. “We’re proud of this effort and we expect the Registrar to validate the signatures for the petition.”

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