Over the last few years, California’s elected officials have finally gotten serious about fixing the housing shortage that is eroding the quality of life here. Lawmakers have passed bills to streamline the development of housing in urban areas and to make it harder for cities to block much-needed housing construction. Voters have approved billions of dollars in new spending to subsidize affordable homes.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers are trying again to tamp down rising housing costs by expanding rent control and stopping rental price gouging, warning a failure to act this year could result in another costly ballot measure in 2020.
"Our Legislature has failed to act to address the plight of struggling tenants," Democratic Assemblyman David Chiu said. "That has to change in 2019."
California legislators are trying to revive rent control. This week, state lawmakers introduced a package of new bills that would roll back existing state limits on the policy, and impose new regulations on how much landlords can charge tenants and when they're allowed to kick them out.
California lawmakers are trying again to tamp down rising housing costs by expanding rent control and stopping rental price gouging, warning a failure to act this year could result in another costly ballot measure in 2020.
We may have recently lost a battle to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, but the fight to better protect tenants from rent-gouging, evictions, and discrimination is still being waged. On Wednesday, a handful of California lawmakers announced a slew of legislation that could have dramatic effects on San Francisco’s renters.
SACRAMENTO — Four months after California voters rejected an effort to expand rent control, lawmakers are back with a proposal to loosen decades-old restrictions, allowing local governments to place more properties under rent control.
Democratic lawmakers in the Assembly unveiled several bills today aimed at protecting renters across California, including a far-reaching proposal for a statewide limit on rent hikes.
Legislation to limit rent increases statewide and allow California cities to implement their own rent caps was unveiled at the state Capitol on Thursday.
Undeterred by voters’ overwhelming rejection of rent control expansion last year, Democrats in the Legislature are pushing forward to protect California renters facing skyrocketing prices.
A group of Assembly Democrats introduced a bundle of housing bills on Thursday, signaling to Gavin Newsom that they were ready to work with him on fulfilling one of the new governor’s campaign promises.