Cal Matters: 5 things a Californian should know now about rent control

Cal Matters: 5 things a Californian should know now about rent control
January 2, 2018 Peter

5 things a Californian should know now about rent controlOne way or another, two words are likely to dominate the complicated politics of California’s housing crisis in 2018: rent control. Next week state lawmakers will hear a proposal from Assemblyman Richard Bloom, Democrat from Santa Monica, that would allow cities to dramatically restrict what landlords can charge tenants year-over-year. The bill couldn’t even get a hearing last year amid intense opposition from landlords. But looming over legislators’ heads this time around is a potential ballot initiative supported by tenants’ rights groups that would do much of the same. If the bill stalls, experts say there’s a good chance you’ll see rent control on your November ballot. What should your average Californian know about a rent control debate poised to gobble up so much political oxygen? Here are five key points.

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