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In 1995, the California Legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 1164 – a law that is known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. This law cleared the way for owners in rent control communities to establish initial rental rates when there was a change in occupancy at a dwelling unit – a policy known as vacancy decontrol. While cities and counties continue to maintain the ability to implement local rent control laws, they cannot apply rent control to single-family dwellings or to any multifamily housing built after February 1995.

However, the need to protect the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act remains.  Tenant Advocates have created a statewide initiative to repeal Costa-Hawkins that will be on the November 2018 ballots.  Defeating this initiative is our highest priority.  If we are not successful, cities and counties will be free to enact rent control for any property within their jurisdiction.  Please consider making a donation to the Costa-Hawkins Protection Fund to protect your family's financial security NOW and in the future.  Please make a contribution of $100 per unit to the Costa-Hawkins protection Fund. Donations can also be made by mail or by phone.  Contact us today to join the fight to protect Costa-Hawkins!





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