Election 2018: Proposition 10 – Rent Control

Repeals a 1995-era law that banned cities and counties from imposing rent control on apartment buildings and single-family homes constructed after that year.
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What this proposition does: This proposition would repeal a 1995-era law that banned cities and counties from imposing rent control on apartment buildings and single-family homes constructed after that year. It would allow local governments to adopt rent control measures on any rental housing if they choose to do so; “rent control” is a type of local ordinance that limits how much landlords are able to charge for rental housing. What supporters say: Supporters claim rolling back limitations on rent control is badly needed because of the current shortage of available housing and the spike in rent costs since 1995. Supporters argue that because of increasing rents, low-income and working families are struggling to pay bills because more than half their income goes toward housing expenses. Supporters say the initiative would not mandate rent control in all of California, but rather give local jurisdictions the option to set limits on rent if they feel it is in the interest of their communities to do so. What opponents say: Opponents claim the initiative would cause the housing crisis to get worse. Opponents say the initiative would allow the government to tell private homeowners what they could or could not do with their homes when it comes to renting them out to others. That, opponents argue, could cause more private homeowners to convert their rental units into something more like a short-term rental, which could drive up the cost of existing housing and increase the shortage of available housing. What a YES vote means: A YES vote means a voter wants to repeal the 1995-era law that prohibits rent control on certain buildings and grant local governments the authority to decide if rent control measures are appropriate for their communities. What a NO vote means: A YES vote means a voter wants to keep the 1995-era law in place, which prohibits local governments from imposing rent control measures on post-1995 apartments and homes. Official ballot title: “Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.”]]>

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