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Rent control in California

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.  

Ballot initiative filed to repeal Costa-Hawkins, California’s rent control limitation law

A statewide ballot initiative filed Monday, Oct. 23, seeks to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that protects property owners and renters from radical, local rent control measures. For over 20 years, the […]

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.

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.

New bill would restrict landlords’ ability to exit rental housing business

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.