April 30, 2019
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ICYMI: LA Times Editorial Endorses Renter Protection Legislation as momentum builds for “Three P’s Approach to Solving California’s Housing Crisis
Sacramento, CA — Today, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board called upon legislators to “enact strong tenant protections” if they are “serious about easing the pain of the state’s housing crisis.”
Just days after Governor Gavin Newsom said “The cost of housing – both for homeowners and renters – is the defining quality-of-life concern for people across this state,'' the Times editorial demonstrates the growing urgency for legislation that streamlines and eases housing production, preserves existing low- and middle income housing, and protects tenants -- the multi-pronged approach championed by the “Three Ps” coalition. The “Three P’s” coalition is a diverse set of leading organizations representing housing, labor, business, planning advocates and social justice organizations from across California.
In “Keep tenant protections front and center of housing debate,” the Editorial Board wrote, “California needs to build, build, build — and, in the meantime, protect tenants.”
Two such tenant protection bills, AB 1481 (Bonta), which passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee today and AB 1482 (Chiu), “are important bills to provide stability and security to tenants in times of skyrocketing rents.” These are two bills that the “Three Ps” coalition has championed as part of a package to keep families and hard working Californians in their homes while also addressing the root causes of the housing crisis.
The Los Angeles Times and Three P’s agree that renters are “ vulnerable to landlord whims and market forces, with seniors, low-income and disabled tenants most likely to struggle for new housing,” which is why we must come together to pass a bold package of bills to help all Californians.
The 2019 California Housing Plan for Production, Preservation, and Protection includes:
SB 18 (Skinner) – Preserving 90 days written notice prior to eviction for renters who occupy a property that has been foreclosed upon. Policy shifted to budget trailer bill.
AB 1481 (Grayson, Bonta, 2 year bill) – Would prohibit a landlord from terminating a lease without just cause, requiring landlords to specify the reason for an eviction.
AB 1482 (Chiu) – Prevents rent-gouging by limiting extreme or unreasonable rent increases.
PRODUCE AND PRESERVE HOUSING AT ALL INCOME LEVELS
SB 50 (Wiener, 2 year bill) – Allows for building housing near existing job centers and public transportation while protecting renters, local government control, and the environment.
SB 330 (Skinner) – Temporarily suspends specific local practices that are documented obstacles to housing production (such as shifting rules and standards, high fees on low income homes, and moratoria to ban new housing), and establishes reasonable time periods for processing housing permits.
AB 68 & 69 (Ting) – Removes barriers to the development of Accessory Dwelling Units across California.
AB 1483 (Grayson) – Improves transparency and reporting of local housing activity so California can tailor state policy to support local best practices.
AB 1484 (Grayson) – Increases transparency and predictability by requiring each jurisdiction to post on its website the type and amount of each fee imposed on a housing development.
AB 1485 (Wicks) – Allows for streamlining approval of housing developments that limit 20% of the units to up to 120% of area median income (AMI) or less.
AB 1486 (Ting) – Expands access to local “surplus” lands available for affordable housing development across the state.
AB 1487 (Chiu) – Establishes a regional housing agency for the San Francisco Bay area and authorizes the ability to seek revenue in support of affordable housing production and preservation and tenant protections.
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