California Landlords Support Cap on Rent Increases in Effort to Stop Rent Control Measure

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speak at an April 2018 rally endorsing an initiative that would allow for the expansion of rent control. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speak at an April 2018 rally endorsing an initiative that would allow for the expansion of rent control. (Credit: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

A statewide lobbying group that represents landlords is supporting a cap on rent increases in an effort to stave off a ballot measure that would expand rent control across California.

The California Apartment Assn. says it’s OK with limiting annual rent hikes to the cost of inflation plus 5% alongside property tax breaks for apartment owners who convert residences to low-income rentals. UC Berkeley researchers proposed both ideas this week.

“We like the direction where there’s a combination of anti-price gouging with tax incentives,” said Debra Carlton, the association’s senior vice president of public affairs.

The backdrop for the rent control debate is an initiative put forward by tenant groups that would repeal Costa-Hawkins, the 1995 state law that restricts cities and counties from implementing most new rent control policies. The initiative, which is expected to collect enough signatures to get on the statewide ballot, is likely to be one of the highest profile political fights in November. Carlton has previously estimated her group would spend $60 million to defeat the measure.

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