Equal application of rent control for all California renters & owners
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The California Constitution states in Article 1, Section 7B: "A citizen or class of citizens may not be granted privileges or immunities not granted on the same terms to all citizens."
Yet, we have a 22 year old law in California, known as Costa-Hawkins, which violates this basic tenet of equality. Costa-Hawkins allows cities to grant rent control privileges to some tenants and not others. It also gives immunity from rent control to some property owners and not others. Costa-Hawkins was paid for, and kept in place, by large, corporate rental owners through generous campaign donations. It allows them to charge ever-higher market rents to their tenants while at the same time economically squashing their smaller mom & pop landlord competitors through local rent control.
It is time to repeal Costa-Hawkins and replace it with a law which REQUIRES cities to apply rent controls equally and fairly to ALL rental properties regardless of property size, year built - or campaign contributions made.
Tenants and small property owners can unite and fight for a common cause to create a fair and equal market place in the rental market. If the legislature won't act, we shall create a voter referendum to carry out the will of the people, demanding fair and equal treatment of all tenants and property owners.
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