Proposition 98


Proposition 98 on the June 3, 2008 ballot would have prohibited rent control and jeopardized other renter protections.  Landlords and organizations that represent landlords provided over 80% of the funding behind this measure.

For details on the housing impacts that this failed measure would have had, see this pre-election analysis of Prop. 98 by the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Tenants Together, and all other tenant organization across the state, opposed Prop. 98.  We were joined by a remarkably broad coalition of individuals and organizations who opposed this landlord special interest measure.

The measure was defeated by a margin of 61-39%, a stinging defeat for California landlords who sought to abolish rent control and other renter protections. 

Tenants Together predicts that the defeat of Prop. 98 will usher in a new era for tenant rights in California. The fight to save rent control and other tenant protections has reinvigorated a grassroots movement for tenant rights across the state.

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