In California, cities with rent control cap the amount of money that property owners can charge for rental housing. Price controls of this nature persistently fail to bring relief to the people who need it most.
Although communities across the country have removed old heavy-handed rent control policies, 13 California cities continue to enforce rent control in multifamily housing.
Evidence that rent control is the wrong approach to solving California’s housing crisis continued to mount in 2016.
For the third consecutive year, bills have surfaced to modify California’s Ellis Act, the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to leave the rental housing business, an important safety valve for property owners in rent controlled jurisdictions.