Mountain View tenant advocates dispute start date of rent control law, seek refunds

Tenant advocates are trying to force Mountain View landlords to refund considerable amounts of rent money collected for the period during which a court-ordered postponement of the city’s rent control law was in effect. The […]

Fremont spurns rent control, elects to work on existing mediation program

In a victory for the apartment industry, the Fremont City Council on Tuesday opted against using rent control or just-cause eviction policies to address rising rents. Instead, the council opted to focus on improving its […]

Santa Rosa rent control defeated

Facing a strong grassroots opposition campaign, Santa Rosa’s rent control and just-cause eviction measure went down in defeat Tuesday, June 6. The people of Santa Rosa rejected Measure C with 52.5 percent of the vote, compared with […]

Defense of Ellis Act successful in 2017

Amid fierce opposition from CAA, lawmakers have once again fallen short in their efforts to weaken California’s Ellis Act – the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business.

Proposed repeal of Costa-Hawkins Act on hold for 2017

For the remainder of 2017, lawmakers have shelved a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that’s protected California from extreme forms of rent control for more than 20 years.

Legislative Analyst’s Office cites flaws with rent control

To help California’s low-income families secure housing, elected officials should focus on encouraging private residential development and less on programs that subsidize construction or impose rent control, the Legislative Analyst’s Office says. Read more

Expert explains unfair elements of rent control

In a pair of videos, a fellow from the Manhattan Institute explains some of the downsides of rent control. More on how the wealthy and famous benefit from rent control.  

Voters reject rent control in 3 of 5 cities

Lawmakers have introduced a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that exempts new construction and single-family homes from local rent control laws.

Cities with rent control

Although communities across the country have removed old heavy-handed rent control policies, 13 California cities continue to enforce rent control in multifamily housing.

Beacon Economics study criticizes rent control

Evidence that rent control is the wrong approach to solving California’s housing crisis continued to mount in 2016.