Rent control

Response to the SF Chronicle on rent control

The article, “Rent control spreading to Bay Area suburbs, to economists’ dismay,” (Sept. 10, 2016), to our dismay does not quote a single economist who has evaluated the ballot measures in question. In fact, economists have not objectively studied rent control as it exists in California. Decades ago economists weighed in on New York’s “classic” rent control and haven’t taken a serious look at the policy since.

Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco

Our Tenant Advocacy Project offers eviction prevention legal services. The goal is to find a resolution before it reaches a point of eviction or homelessness. This project is currently undergoing some structural changes and is not operational. In the meantime, tenants should use our Lawyer Referral service if they need assistance. Tenants can also check the JDC website for updates on the status of the Tenant Advocacy project.


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Divided Santa Rosa City Council Enacts Rent Control Rules

Santa Rosa enacted the strongest protections for renters in Sonoma County Tuesday, imposing a long-term rent control program and requiring that landlords have a good reason to evict tenants.

Long divided on the polarizing issue, the City Council voted 4-2 in favor of the program, which builds on a temporary moratorium on rent increases in place since June.

Mayor John Sawyer, who previously voiced strong opposition to rent control, abstained from the vote because he is a landlord. A decision on whether he has a conflict of interest is pending.

Burlingame Rent Control Moves to November Ballot: Council Unanimously Approves Measure

Burlingame residents will decide whether to establish rent control and other tenant protections on the upcoming November ballot, under a decision by the City Council.

The Burlingame City Council unanimously agreed during a meeting Monday, Aug. 1, to float during the fall election an effort to implement policies which advocates have claimed are necessary to safeguard renters from landlords seeking unfair and unsustainable rent hikes.

Californians for Affordable Housing: New Coalition Calls Governor Brown’s Housing Plan a Developer Giveaway


Wednesday July 27th




Contacts: Aimee Inglis, Acting Director, Tenants Together: 415-495-8100 x 1001,

Amy Schur, Campaign Director, ACCE: (213) 804-3161,     

Californians for Affordable Housing: 

5 Cities Going to November 2016 Ballot for Rent Control

Tenants Together formed in 2008 with the mission to "galvanize a statewide movement for renters' rights." At that time, the California Apartment Association threatened renters' with a ballot initiative to make all rent control in CA illegal. The foreclosure crisis hit and unsuspecting tenants were displaced as landlords defaulted on mortgages. Now the ranks of tenants in California has swelled from 13 million to 16 million and counting, and landlords are taking advantage of a market glut with venture capital and international investors to gouge tenants with unfair rent increases.

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