Cities would regain power to regulate rental housing if Proposition 10 passes in November, repealing Costa-Hawkins. But would that help or hurt the affordability crisis?
Remaking Rent Control
In the summer of 2014, the Public Press examined creative solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis. Four years later — with a measure on the November ballot to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the 1995 state law limiting rent control — we’re again looking deeply at potential solutions aimed at renters and landlords: a novel, expanded form of rent control; a tax on vacant units; limits on speculation; and mediation or free legal counsel for tenants being evicted. All were raised during this year’s mayoral race, all are divisive, and all would require action by voters or city officials. More coverage to come.
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