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.
That measure, from Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco), calls for a cap on how much landlords can raise rent every year. The amount has yet to be determined, but spokesperson Jennifer Kwart says it would be higher than what cities with rent control already on the books have adopted. In the city of Los Angeles, that’s typically around 3 or 4 percent.
“Renters are really having a hard time in California,” she tells Curbed. “We’re hearing horror stories of peoples’ rent being doubled or tripled.”