New Report: Rent Control Key to Stabilize California Housing Market

Rent control policies are key to stabilizing California’s housing affordability crisis, which has driven millions of people into poverty and displaced hundreds of thousands of others, a new analysis released Wednesday by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley shows. The research brief, titled “Opening the Door for Rent Control: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Protecting California’s Renters,” finds that rent control, when applied with…

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Why I Support Rent Control: A Landlord’s Perspective     

I am a landlord who supports the Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act, Measure M.  It can help with our housing crisis by stabilizing rents immediately and providing protections from arbitrary evictions, with the goal of helping to keep our diverse community intact. Voting yes on Measure is the right thing to do. There is strong and organized opposition to this measure, led and funded by real estate…

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Owen Thomas: Students have common interest with low and middle income renters

Simply put, cost of living is making it nearly impossible for non-wealthy people to continue living in Santa Cruz, be they students, workers or the elderly. This struggle is not polarized between students and locals, as Primack characterized it, but between rich residents and poor residents. It just so happens that there are many poor students (contrary to popular belief), and many rich longtime residents, who either own rentals or…

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Sarah W’s Story: We need Measure M & Yes on 10 to repeal Costa Hawkins

As a student at UCSC, I was paying $780 a month to share a room in the Chestnut St. apartments. We had 4 people living in a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom. Our property management company Essex is one of the single biggest contributors to the California Apartment Association. Our units aren’t covered by rent control due to Costa Hawkins. If we were to renew our lease, our rent would increase by…

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Nancy’s Story: Retired local teacher forced out of home

The house where I have rented for almost 10 years was not on the market, but, last fall [before Measure M was in the works], a realtor representing a family looking to invest in income property offered my landlord enough money that he decided to sell. The new owners let me know they planned to cut the apartment I rented into 3 bedrooms in order to double or triple their…

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PDC forum on rent control measure attracts full house

More than 150 people gathered Monday night at the Resource Center Nonviolence for a forum on Measure M. Attorney Craig Castellanet and Stacey Falls, a high school teacher and renter, represented rent control proponents against developer Sibley Simon and political consultant Robert Singleton. As this article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel details, Falls and Catallanet were able to dispel misinformation being spread by the No on Measure M astroturf campaign. City…

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