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Who created the Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act?

The Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act was crafted by a group of local tenants, homeowners, and their allies, working together with an experienced team of lawyers with expertise in rent control laws, in order to address the unique circumstances involved in the Santa Cruz rental crisis...

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What Is The Santa Cruz Rent Control And Tenant Protection Act?

The Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act (SCRCA), also known as “Measure M” on the November 2018 ballot, is a three-part rent stabilization and protection plan for Santa Cruz, modeled after similar laws passed by voters in other California cities in recent years. These three sections ar...

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Are there homeowners who support rent control?

Yes!  You too can join us in stabilizing our community by supporting the Yes on M campaign for Rent Control.  Many landlords, including many of our supporters, already charge their tenants below “market rate” and only issue small increases per year, if any, which is commendable.  However, this clear...

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How will renter protections impact the local economy?

Renter protections help to give renters greater economic security, which strengthens economic stability within the community as a whole by leaving tenants with more disposable income.  Because low-to-medium-income people tend to spend locally, rather than invest far away, local businesses are able t...

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Will this lead to more party houses in Santa Cruz?

No.  Renters who create a nuisance to their community, because of loud parties or any other behavior, will still be subject to eviction based on Section 5(a)3.  Because such behavior is the fault of the renter and not the landlord, relocation assistance would not be owed to tenants evicted in this s...

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How will rent control affect public safety?

There is a false and prejudiced perception that rent control causes poverty and crime, because under “First Generation” post-war policies, rent control was often applied selectively in low-income urban neighborhoods where crime rates were higher than in surrounding communities, which has also been t...

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What effect will this have on homelessness?

High rents, low wages, and the lack of a stable living situation are primary factors that lead to homelessness.  It’s no coincidence that the city of Santa Cruz is the least affordable housing market in the United States[7], and it also has over 1,200 people without homes[8], the majority of whom li...

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