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California’s Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday assigned a proposition number to the extreme rent control measure slated for the Nov. 3 statewide ballot: Proposition 21.  The measure attacks California’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would  welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and make California’s housing crisis even worse. Anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein is bankrolling the campaign to pass the measure, using funds from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of which he is president. Michael Weinstein Photo by REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Until now, Weinstein’s radical rent control measure has often been referred… Read More

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There’s no turning back now. Thursday was the deadline for Michael Weinstein to withdraw his radical rent control measure from California’s statewide ballot. Michael Weinstein is using dollars from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to bankroll an extreme rent control measure going before California voters this fall. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok He did not.

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The city of Sacramento has filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping a rent control initiative off November’s ballot and holding a tenant activist to her pledge to drop the measure. Like the city, the California Apartment Association opposes the initiative in question. The measure traces back to 2018, when tenant activists attempted to qualify a rent control initiative for the fall election but failed to collect enough signatures by the deadline. They kept circulating their petition, though, and ultimately qualified the initiative for a future ballot, shifting their attention to 2020.

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A campaign committee created by the California Apartment Association today unveiled a website to help defeat a radical rent control measure headed for November’s statewide ballot. The website, Caforresponsiblehousing.org, explains why the extreme rent control measure, nicknamed Prop 10 2.0, is bad for California. It also offers a form that rental property owners can fill out to join the opposition. “There are no protections for renters, seniors, veterans or the disabled, and it has no provision to reduce rents,” says the website, which comes from Californians for Responsible Housing. “For Californians losing jobs and both renters and homeowners who are… Read More

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The Culver City Council on Thursday took further steps to implement a permanent and strict rent control program. Despite large opposition and calls for shared solutions, the council decided to proceed with negative price and eviction controls.

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AB 1482, or the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, imposes “just cause” for eviction requirements on many residential rental properties in California. If a tenancy is protected by just cause, AB 1482 prohibits a landlord from terminating the tenancy, without providing a reason that’s permissible under the legislation.   Under AB 1482, an owner’s intent to occupy the unit, including the owner’s spouse, domestic partner, children, grandchildren, parents, or grandparents, is an allowed reason for terminating the tenancy. However, under the law, for a tenancy that starts or renews on or after July 1, 2020, the owner move-in provision must be… Read More

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The Burbank city clerk has rejected a rent control initiative targeted for the fall  because tenant activists failed to include legally required wording on their petition and in a newspaper notice. In April, rent control proponents submitted signatures to the city. The city clerk, however, discovered that the petitions failed to include the complete notice of intent to circulate or the statement of reasons. The same omissions occurred in the notice of intent published in the Burbank Leader. “I am hereby rejecting each and every Initiative Petition Section submitted to my office on April 13, 2020,” the city clerk, Zizette… Read More

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As scary as the economy seems right now, the financial fallout from the COVID-19 crisis won’t cut as deep as the Great Recession did a decade ago. Chris Thornberg Renowned economist Chris Thornberg offered that assessment during last week’s San Diego Rental Housing Outlook.

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Owners of rent controlled housing in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will be hit the hardest under newly approved rental registration fees. The annual fees include $90 for buildings covered by the county’s rent control ordinance and $30 on all other buildings. The county Board of Supervisors approved the charges Tuesday, despite opposition from the California Apartment Association. The fees apply in areas of the county that aren’t in any city jurisdictions.

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A  bill that would stop Michael Weinstein from using money from his taxpayer-funded AIDS Healthcare Foundation to further his anti-housing agenda has passed its first test in the Assembly. The bill, AB 1938, advanced Monday, May 18, from the Assembly Health Committee on an 11-0 vote with four abstentions. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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