Understanding where local candidates stand on rental housing

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It’s no secret that the rental housing industry is wearing a veritable bull’s eye at the state Capitol.

Perhaps you’ve seen the recent news stories about efforts to repeal essential state protections under the Costa-Hawkins Act, the law that moderates the most harmful effects of rent control, or efforts to limit the ability of landlords to issue evictions.

Certainly, Sacramento stands as the highest-profile battleground for the rental housing industry, but it’s worth noting that the local landscape can be equally hostlile.

Tenant groups, here in Southern California and elswhere in the state — also are pursuing counterproductive and bad housing policies, such as price controls and eviction restrictions, for local municipalities.

Every city has local lawmakers with tremendous influence over housing and land use policy. Unfortunately, not every lawmaker fully grasps the ins and outs of the rental housing business.

That’s one reason why local elections are so important. And plenty are on the horizon.

In Los Angeles County alone, 46 cities are holding local elections for city councils in 2018. In Ventura County, nine cities have council races.

While many elections are set for November, some cities will have their primaries as early as April. Yes, I’m talking about next month.

As a housing provider, manager or supplier, it’s important to know who is running in your city and where they stand on policies that affect the rental housing business.

I have seen local elections change the makeup of a council overnight. Sometimes,  new members are individuals who actively promote bad policy, and sometimes they simply are not versed in the nuances of operating rental property.

Luckily, CAA not only advocates at the state Capitol, but also in local council chambers. Furthermore, we stand as a resource for members wanting to learn about upcoming elections and where candidates stand on the most relevant issues. In these trying times for housing providers, a multifamily investment can no longer be treated as a passive endeavor. Political awareness — and involvement — is essential.

If you operate in South Los Angeles County or Ventura, feel free to send me an email today at fsutton@caanet.org. I’ll gladly fill you in on upcoming races in the regions I cover.

There are so many ways that individual owners and managers can get involved, from attending key council meetings to knocking on doors to get out the vote, everyone has a part to play.

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