Rent Control toolkit

Rent control is an effective policy solution to curb rising rents and displacement. Nineteen cities in California have some form of rent control or just cause for eviction protections: Berkeley, Beverly Hills, East Palo Alto, Emeryville, Glendale, Hayward, Los Angeles, Maywood, Mountain View, Oakland, Palm Springs, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monica, San Jose, Thousand Oaks, Union City, and West Hollywood. Why not yours?


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In English and Spanish. Including facts, policy analysis, communications, and campaign strategy.


Principle Authors

Aimee Inglis, Associate Director

Dean Preston, Executive Director


Spanish Translation
Adolfo Echeverry, Office Manager

Laura Callahan, Tenants Together Translation Volunteer

Natalia Aranda Castro, Legal Intern



Dan Harper, Organizing Director

Leah Simon-Weisberg, Managing Attorney, Central Legal de la Raza

Lining Wang, Online Organizing Intern

Rhonda Smith, Policy & Research Intern

Sara Linck-Frenz, Hotline & Volunteer Coordinator

Zachary Zaharoff, Legal Intern


The toolkit draws from the combined expertise of Tenants Together staff, volunteers, interns, members, member organizations, and allies. Special thanks to the following for their ongoing contributions to document renters’ rights work and refine our messaging as a movement:


Aileen Joy, Communications Director, Sacramento Housing Alliance

Anya Svanoe, Communications Lead, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

Davin Cardenas, Lead Organizer, North Bay Organizing Project

Joseph Smooke, Richmond District Program Director, Housing Rights Committee San Francisco

Leslie Dreyer, Anti-Eviction Organizer, Housing Rights Committee San Francisco

Malcolm Torrejón-Chu, Communications Strategist, Right to the City Alliance

Rose Arrieta, Communications Coordinator, Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Tony Samara, Program Director of Land Use and Housing, Urban Habitat



Note on the 2017 edition:

This is the second edition of our toolkit, the first was released in 2015 after the initial passage of rent control in Richmond, California. Many ideas in our first toolkit were further put to the test in rent control campaigns in 2016 including but not limited to city of Alameda, Mountain View, San Mateo, and Santa Rosa. We have refined our ideas to reflect some lessons learned in these campaigns and are proud to work to support grassroots movements for renter protections.




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