The rent moratorium extension worked out in Sacramento is a flawed and incomplete emergency measure.
Rent control polls well among Californians, but statewide and local initiatives were no match for an avalanche of real estate industry cash.
“Plain folks” in ads warn against rent control – but a corporate-funded campaign by the real estate industry raises pay-to-play questions.
When Silicon Valley rents came north, Santa Rosa passed a rent control ordinance. Then the real estate industry went to war.
The real estate industry is a powerhouse opponent of rent control in California politics. But tenant activists are upping their electoral game.
The first of the month has come to strike terror in renters, while homeownership seems like a fantasy to the young. How did this happen?
A November initiative is the latest battle in a long war that has driven housing costs in the Golden State exorbitantly high.
As the pandemic’s cruelest month gave way to the merry month of May, Los Angeles was filled with demands and unrest.
Critics claim the city is not adequately enforcing a new home-sharing ordinance.
Rent-controlled properties remain on home-sharing platforms like Airbnb in violation of a new ordinance.
Bill author David Chiu implored Assembly members to imagine the impact of a massive rent increase on a typical tenant’s health, children and job.
In an era of wealth inequality, said State Sen. Connie Leyva, passing a bill to put a stop to exorbitant rent increases “is the least we can do.”
California legislation to cap rent increases looked like a done deal in Sacramento. Why, then, are Realtors dead set against it?
But a county ordinance kicks in too late to help others.
Although California’s leading politicians favor rent-cap legislation, none is on the horizon.
Even in defeat, tenant advocates say their campaign brought new organizing energy and new allies who will help with upcoming battles to strengthen renter protections.
Co-published by The American Prospect
Topping the list of corporate anti-rent control donors are some of the country’s largest landlords — many funded by Wall Street investment dollars — whose bottom lines could be negatively affected by Prop. 10’s passage.
Co-Published by The Guardian and MapLight
Blackstone is quietly funneling investors’ money into its campaign against Proposition 10.
A local dispute over evictions highlights the emergence of a tenants movement that is pushing back against rapacious landlords and a nationwide housing affordability crisis.