California Voters Said No To Rent Control Last Year. It's Back In The Legislature This Year

Mar 15, 2019

Credit housinghumanright.org

Backers of rent control are trying again  this year in the California Legisalture after lawmakers and voters rejected measures last year.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

A group of Democrats announced new bills yesterday (THURSDAY) that also include rent caps and eviction protections for tenants.

Assemblyman Rob Bonta (BAHN-tuh) says it’s crucial to help renters who “face daily fears.”

Bonta: “What will happen if I lose my home? Where will I go? How will I find affordable housing? Will I have to move to a different city after spending my entire life in this one? We want to help those tenants and we will.” (0:11)

The California Apartment Association says it believes the state’s real housing problem is a production shortage … and plans to oppose bills that could slow new construction.

The measures would allow cities to expand local rent control ordinances … place a statewide cap on rent increases … and restrict how landlords can evict tenants.