Proposing Proposition 10: Rent Control

Saja Kamal, Staff Writer

By sanctioning Proposition 10, voters would agree to additional rent control regulations as well as their expansion.

Tenants are in support of this idea since regulations would limit unjust evictions and sporadic rent hikes. Due to California’s housing crisis, those voting yes on Prop. 10 support the rearrangement of staggering rent costs. Contributors to Prop. 10 include the AIDS Healthcare foundation, labor unions, and Democrats.

Prop. 10 asks local governments to have greater control of their cities in order to prevent tenants from being priced out of their own cities. Exceeding that, a California mid-1990’s law, Costa Hawkins, which has frozen rent control in cities and/or counties could then be eradicated–an adaptation of new rules must then be contrived.

Like the California Housing association, realtors and republicans are in opposition of proposition 10. Andy Alexander, Santa Barbara’s Association of Realtors president, argues that supplies would be increasingly restricted: single-family homes would no longer be sought. Moreover, lower-income renters would be financially hurt in the process. His belief persists that current rental properties would certainly suffer since landlords might fail to invest in their properties due to a lack of care. Accordingly lack of care will increase if artificially low prices on rent control are enacted, since the construction of new homes would cease. Those voting no on Prop. 10 insist that rent prices should be dedicated based on the ever changing market. Voting no would simply sustain our current rental protocol in California, they say.