This November, Californians will vote on whether or not to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities to enact rent control ordinances down the line. Meanwhile tenant activists are also urgently working to secure their own city-wide rent control initiatives on this year’s ballot. It’s an understatement to say that reinstating rent control would not only be disastrous to the rental housing industry, but to California’s affordable housing supply. To put it bluntly: this is why you and your renters should vote ‘no’ on rent control.
On Friday the Secretary of State Alex Padilla confirmed that tenant activists have gathered enough signatures to qualify their state-wide rent control measure for the November ballot. With the fate of the Costa Hawkins Act in the hands of Californian voters, it is vital that rental housing professionals in California be vocal in their opposition.
Although most legislators are preoccupied with the 2018 primaries, the number of passed, pending, and failed multifamily housing bills continues to grow. This June, familiar rent control, “just cause” eviction and “ban-the-box” legislation is an ongoing rental housing topic across the nation, while newcomer laws regulating apartment solar panels, lease terminations with tenants suffering domestic violence, and employment questions around marijuana have popped up. Take a look at the passed, pending, and future rental housing bills nationwide and in your property’s state below.
This year, tenants’ activists within California have rallied to get rent control initiatives on the November 2018 ballot. As the deadline for ballot measures gets closer, activists in cities across the state have begun submitting their signatures for approval. While none of the proposed measures have officially made it to the ballot so far, below is an update on where California stands on their state and city-wide rent control measures.
On Tuesday the House passed a huge Senate Bill, S. 2155 (commonly referred to as the “Dodd-Frank Reform Bill”). This bill not only impacts regulations for banks, but includes changes for public housing and the big three credit bureaus. Before S. 2155 lands on the President’s desk, take some time to look over some of the following proposed changes.
A bill that would require California property owners and managers to list a “cause” or reason to evict or terminate a tenancy has been progressing at an alarming rate. Despite being introduced in February, AB 2925 is scheduled to be heard on the Assembly Floor sometime this week. We urge you to review AB 2925, and join industry experts like the California Apartment Association and CIC in opposing it.
With April showers comes new rental housing legislation. Amongst bills ranging from ‘ban the box’ employment screening procedures to rent control, legislators across the nation are anxious to reform old rental housing regulations and create new requirements. Although some multifamily bills have passed, the majority of this month’s legislative update is still on the chopping block (for better or worse). Take a look at passed, pending, and future rental housing bills nationwide and in your property’s state.
Within the past few months Washington State, Spokane, WA, and Kansas City, MO have joined the ranks of cities and states that have enacted ‘ban the box’ employment legislation. With this move, all west coast states (with some west coast cities) have ‘ban the box’ laws in place. As this legislative trend pops up in other cities and states across the U.S., keep these laws in mind as your state’s proposed bill will likely have similar terms.
The Freedom of Information Act is the cornerstone of tenant screening. Without it, property managers and landlords like yourself would be renting to tenants in the dark. With Freedom of Information Day on March 16th, take the time to celebrate, and learn how you can further protect the valuable information you rely upon when selecting applicants.
Whether you agree or disagree with ‘just cause’ eviction initiatives, it looks like it’s going to be 2018’s next legislative trend. While a few cities across the U.S. have already enacted their own ‘just cause’ ordinances, parts of the country like Philadelphia, Portland, and the State of California are debating enacting their own ‘just cause’ eviction policies. Take a look to see if your properties and business could be affected.