WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO
AB 1482 would limit how much landlords can increase rents annually to 5% plus inflation. It would also force landlords to give a “just cause” before evicting tenants (right now landlords in California technically don’t need a reason to remove renters from their property). Not quite conventional rent control, the measure exempts units built within the last 15 years and most single-family home rentals.
WHO SUPPORTS IT?
Local tenant unions, organized labor, Gov. Gavin Newsom and even pro-business groups like the California Business Roundtable. While not technically in support, the primary advocacy groups for California landlords and developers signed off on the bill after extracting compromises.
Some moderate Democrats and Republicans voted against the measure, out of fear it would crimp new housing supply — or out of fear of the California Association of Realtors, a major campaign donor. The Realtors are piqued that Democrats reneged on an earlier rent-cap deal.
WHY IT MATTERS
It would give California arguably the strongest statewide renter protections in the country. Rents have soared over the past half decade in many major California cities. It’s also a political victory for Newsom, who said early in his administration he wanted more protection for renters.
Amid scattered reports of landlords rushing to evict tenants ahead of the new law, Newsom — flanked by progressive lawmakers — signed AB 1482 on Oct. 8, 2019, in Oakland. It will take effect January 1.