California’s Rent Control Ballot Initiative Getting Crushed in New Poll
Rent control is apparently having another tough year on the ballot in California. A new poll finds little support for a state initiative that would give local governments more power to limit rent increases.
Only 37 percent of voters surveyed in a recent poll by the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Government Studies said they’d be voting yes on Proposition 21. This ballot initiative would allow localities to cap allowable rent increases at all properties that are over 15 years old, and limit rent increases on vacant units to 15 percent over three years. Property owners who own no more than two single-family homes would be exempt from the law.
That would mean cities and counties could set rent caps below those found in the state’s 2019 rent control policy, which limits annual rent increases statewide to the lesser of 10 percent or 5 percent plus inflation.
Some 49 percent of those surveyed in the U.C. Berkeley poll said they were voting against Prop. 21, while another 13 percent were undecided.
“The poll shows that the more Californians learn about Prop 21, the more opposed they become,” said Tom Bannon, the CEO of the California Apartment Association, a landlord trade association that opposes the initiative. “Just as they did two years ago, voters understand that this flawed measu
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