After Proposition 10 was defeated in the November 2018 elections many landlords thought that the battle over rent control in California was over but sadly that’s not been the case.
The defeat of Prop 10 only put the battle on “pause” as our elected officials in California went back to the drawing board to create more legislation that will bring statewide rent control to the Golden State in one way or another.
Here’s a breakdown of the laws that will make the rental market tougher for landlords in California if they are approved.
AB-330 – Legislation That Will Increase Court Fees for Most Landlords
With AB-330, select courts across California would appoint attorneys for tenants who aren’t able to afford legal representation when they come to court for landlord-tenant or other civil issues.
Even though the goal of AB-330 is also to provide victims of domestic violence with a court-appointed attorney, the reality is that the cost of this bill will be astronomically high, especially for landlords who live in rent-controlled areas, and are not able to raise rents to keep up with their rising costs.
AB-1482 – Rent Control Comes Back
Besides AB-330, another bill to be on the lookout for in California is AB-1482. This bill seeks to cap rents across the Golden State at 5% plus the cost of living and it would nullify Costa Hawkins, the 1995 rent control act.
If it reaches his desk, Governor Newsom has promised to sign any rent control legislation so we can count on the battle over this contentious issue reaching a fever pitch in the coming months.
Sadly, if AB-1482 is approved it’s projected that we will see a further decline in rental housing construction in California because there will be fewer companies that would build here due to rent control.
The problem with affordable housing in California doesn’t just have to do with high rents, it has everything to do with supply and demand. If there are fewer properties available for rent this will naturally increase the cost of the housing supply that’s left.
Landlords across California should call their elected representatives to protest these bills and stay on top of the efforts to enact statewide rent control because it’s already a reality in Oregon and if owners, landlords, and tenants don’t continue to fight it, we could see statewide rent control here sooner rather than later.
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