Stability, security, affordability. Californians should have all three, but today they are out-of-reach for far too many because a handful of corporate landlords block every attempt for tenants to have an affordable roof over our heads. This is your chance to act now to protect the 17 million of us that rent, while also preserving existing housing and ensuring that there are enough affordable places for us to live.
To protect ourselves now, and keep families in our homes, we must curb the profiteering of a handful of corporate landlords who price our rents destructively and evict families to increase their own profits, That's why we have the Keep Families Home bill package that needs to be enacted this year if we hope to reduce the hardship, displacement and homelessness harming California. AB 36 (Bloom), AB 1481 (Bonta) and AB 1482 (Chiu), together, will make real progress towards our goals of increasing Stability, Security and Affordability, by placing a cap on allowable annual rent increases, returning to local jurisdictions more tools to stabilize rents, and protecting renters from unfair evictions.
The current situation, with over half of California's renters being made to pay well over 30% of their income on rent is unsustainable - for the health and well-being of families, our business climate and the economy, and for our environment. We cannot afford to wait longer. Please support the Keep Families Home bill package!
AB 36 Costa Hawkins Reform
This bill is currently sitting in Rules Committee.
This bill provides limited, reasonable updates to the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, allowing local jurisdictions to apply rent stability measures to more units, if they so choose. Specifically, AB 36 will allow local rent controls to apply to:
- Single-family rentals and condos, with an exemption for landlords owning nine or less properties.
- Rental units that are more than 20 years old (set on a rolling date).
AB 1482 Anti Rent-Gouging
This bill recently passed out of the Housing Committee by 6 to 1 votes - it will be heard by the full Assembly before the end of May 2019.
AB 1482 will protect millions of families who rent by establishing an upper limit, or cap, on allowable annual rent increases. AB 1482 will apply to all rental units in the state, except those covered by a local rent control ordinance, deed-restricted affordable housing, or dormitories.
AB 1481 Just Cause Eviction
This bill recently passed out of the Judiciary Committee by 7 to 3 votes - it will be heard by the full Assembly before the end of May 2019.
AB 1481 will protect people who rent from unfair evictions by requiring landlords to have a "just cause"for any eviction. As with similar local laws, AB 1481 will protect a landlords right to evict tenants for lease violations.
You can easily *email, tweet at and call* your legislator today here to urge vote yes on the bills in the Assembly by sharing your story and why rent control and tenant protections matter to you!