Possible Rent Control Expansion Sets Off Debates in Bay Area

“If California voters approve Proposition 10 this fall, they won’t be ending the debate over how to address the state’s soaring rents.

In fact, by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, voters will spark a multitude of intense housing deliberations at the local level.””

“California’s Supreme Court has held that rent control laws must allow landlords to receive a “reasonable return” on their investment. And landlords often bring grievances over fair returns to the local rent board.

“There are certain smaller radical cities that may have vacancy control and may go that route,” said Joseph Tobener, a tenant rights attorney in San Francisco. “But for larger cities it’s not possible to have vacancy control because the administrative costs are astronomical.”

Tobener said those legal costs, and the staunch opposition of landlords, are likely to dissuade other cities from enacting vacancy controls if Proposition 10 passes.””

KQED News, August 1st, 2018

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