Statewide rent control bill advances, bill to weaken Costa-Hawkins stalls

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Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testifies against AB 1482. Photos by Bob Knapik

A bill that would apply rent control and price-gouging protections statewide advanced today from its first committee hearing, while a second rent control proposal stalled amid strong opposition from CAA.

Assemlyman David Chiu

The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, the committee chairman, on a 6 to 1 vote with one abstention.

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  • Rent control is dangerous and putting controls in the hands of tenant oriented board members is only worse.

  • I wish I could have been there.

    What about “just cause” eviction provisions…? was that part of the discussion at this hearing…?

    That to me is the more onerous problem with Rent Control…. I can’t tell you how many properties our management company has cleaned up by using a “termination of tenancy”…

    Would like some feed back here

  • Chamber of Commerce is right: pass-through provisos for utility rate hikes & property tax/special assessment increases should be authorized, outside of the +/-5% + CPI formula. Chiu should also exempt properties owned by a natural person with 10 or fewer units in a county (borrowing from AB 36) – as Newsom said in his State of the State address, mom & pop owners’ issues have to be taken into account.

  • Does this mean that AB 1482 will also restrict rent increases when a vacancy occurs or is rent allowed to be set to whatever the owner decides when setting the initial rent?

  • No. AB 1482 does not call for vacancy controls. However, a newly filed initiative by main Prop 10 backer Michael Weinstein does seek to control rents through vacancies. Here’s a link to a story we posted on the newly proposed initiative.

  • I worry about the CPI factor. That si a national figure which may or may not be fair to landlords?
    We had a water account tied to a CPI-U ( CPi – Utilities ) years ago. Our increases skyrocketed when the manner of addressing gasoline changed. NEVER a good idea to specify tying a rate to anything the govt. can arbitrarily change what they factor in and use voodoo math?
    I second the thought about “Chamber of Commerce is right: pass-through provisos for utility rate hikes & property tax/special assessment increases should be authorized, outside of the +/-5% + CPI formula.” Counties approve and the tenants get to vote for all sorts of school and other taxes – so they need to shoulder that burden and not expect landlords to subsidize their voting choices.

  • This legislation will exacerbate the existing shortage of rental housing plus slowly create widespread blight throughout California neighborhoods. Regular maintenance projects will be curtailed due to inadequate rents.