Why are only certain rentals subject to the rent control provisions? How is this fair to these landlords, when other rental properties are not subject to rent control?
This disparity is the result of the Costa-Hawkins Act, which was passed by the California legislature in February 1995. As a result, only a portion of rental units in Santa Cruz are eligible for rent control – limited to those built before 1995, which are not single family homes or condos. We agree that this disparity is inherently unfair, but it would be remedied if California voters decide to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act by voting Yes on Proposition 10 in November. This would significantly level the playing field not only between renters and landlords, but also among all landlords in the rental market.