Affordable Housing Act Qualifies for the November Ballot

If Sacramento legislators won’t represent our interests then we have to do it ourselves! That’s the message sent by 447,834 voters to legislators when we signed a petition to put the Affordable Housing Act on the ballot this November. The measure would return to localities the authority to establish tenant protections that fit local needs. The state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act had preempted local control. Finally Costa Hawkins repeal makes the November ballot!

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AAGLA Sees Ghosts in Prop 10’s Affordable Housing Act

Last year Beverly Hills landlords saw their allowed annual rent increase drop from 10% to 3% and a city-imposed relocation fee for involuntarily-terminated households. They lost the battle for the rental unit registry and all landlords were compelled to get a business license when about one-in-ten had avoided it. If 2017 was a tough year then 2018 looks only worse should the Affordable Housing Act ballot initiative win approval from voters in November.

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Costa Hawkins Repeal Headed for the Ballot?

California voters may have an opportunity in November to overturn the state’s Costa Hawkins law. It prevents localities like Beverly Hills from extending protections to all who rent housing — a “gift to landlords” (in their words) that has handcuffed local officials for decades. With the Affordable Housing Act initiative about to qualify for the ballot, the stakes are high. Let’s take a look at the proposed initiative’s objectives.

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Tenant Protections on the November Ballot?

A petition making the rounds would qualify an initiative for the November ballot to repeal a state law called Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. That law has greatly limited the reach of local rent control protections. The ballot measure titled, ‘Expands Local Governments’ Authority To Enact Rent Control On Residential Property,’ is our best opportunity to expand tenant protections both statewide and in Beverly Hills.

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State Rent Stabilization Laws Need Reform!

You might have heard this campaign slogan coined in New York City: “The rent is too damn high!” It was the foundation of a new political party, too, which ran candidates for Mayor and Governor of New York. Well the rent is too damned high here, too, and we need to change our rent stabilization ordinance to moderate excessive increases and provide the more-than-half of city households with real tenant protections.

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