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New Report: Rent Control Key to Stabilize California Housing Market

September 22, 2018

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...

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Get Your Signs Here!

Download and print signs for your window, door or wherever you want to share the Yes on M love! Or fill out the form to get a yard sign delivered to you. Click the image to download a printable file:    Note: It is illegal for landlords to prohibit tenants from putting up political yard signs (Cal...

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Why I Support Rent Control: A Landlord’s Perspective     

September 4, 2018

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 M...

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

August 30, 2018

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 t...

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Paul Krugman, You’re Wrong About Rent Control

August 27, 2018

Myths abound on rent control policy and prevent cities from pursuing what is really a moderate and reasonable regulation of the largely unregulated private rental market. Unless you think landlords should be able to raise rents however much they want, whenever they want, it's time to take rent contr...

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Rent Control: The Key to Neighborhood Stabilization

August 26, 2018

Our work on residential displacement in the Bay Area as part of the Urban Displacement Project found that many of the neighborhoods that experienced less displacement than we would have expected had rent control policies in place. Furthermore, a number of academic studies1 have shown that rent contr...

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Time for Revisionism on Rent Control?

August 24, 2018

Economists' traditional hostility to rent contols is based on models that treat the housing market as perfectly competitive and on the experience with 'hard' controls in New York City and many European countries following World War II. The current 'soft' rent control systems in North America are var...

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PDC forum on rent control measure attracts full house

August 22, 2018

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...

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