Proposal to Expand Rent Control in California Fails to Advance After Heated Debate

State legislation that would have expanded rent control in California failed Thursday after a lengthy and heated debate that brought landlord and tenant groups from across the state to the Capitol.

Community activist Elizabeth Blaney stands in front of the apartment block where, with no rent control due to the year it was built, the landlord has increased some rentals by as much as $800, Aug. 3, 2017, in the Boyle Heights. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Community activist Elizabeth Blaney stands in front of the apartment block where, with no rent control due to the year it was built, the landlord has increased some rentals by as much as $800, Aug. 3, 2017, in the Boyle Heights. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

At issue was a bill that would have repealed a nearly quarter-century-old law that prohibits cities and counties from implementing most new rent control policies. The measure died after four members of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, including Democrats Ed Chau of Arcadia and Jim Wood of Healdsburg, declined to support it.

Chau and Wood said they were concerned that a large growth in rent control could slow already lagging housing production in the state.

“I’m concerned that the bill does nothing to increase the supply of housing and may in fact have the opposite effect of discouraging new construction during a time when we need it the most,” Wood said.

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