Only 22 out of 482 cities in California protect tenants against rent hikes and arbitrary evictions. That means most of California’s tenants can be evicted for no reason at all, and can have their rents raised by any amount their landlord wants. Tenants Together supports strong rent control protections for California tenants. We believe that reasonable limits on rent increases, coupled with just cause eviction protections, are a matter of basic fairness. If you don't think landlords have a right to unlimited rent increases and to evict tenants for any reason, then you believe in rent control.
Proposition 98 on the June 3, 2008, California ballot would have prohibited rent control and jeopardized just cause eviction laws. The measure was defeated by a 22-point margin, a stinging defeat for landlords who sought to use this low-turnout election to abolish rent control across the state. In 2017, a UC Berkeley poll found that 60% of Californians support rent control.
Rent control is a popular and effective policy to prevent displacement and maintain affordable homes for tenants.
On November 8th, 2016 the cities of Richmond and Mountain View won comprehensive Rent Control and Just Cause Protections through a majority vote at the ballot. The first new rent control ordinances in the U.S. in 30 years! At the same time, Oakland and Berkeley voted to expand and strengthen existing tenant protections. These are unprecedented wins for the tenant movement. These wins demonstrate that renter power is building translocally and throughout California.
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Thank you to the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project for their help creating the campaign map above. Click here to see the full story map.