C.A.R. Opposing Bill to Expand Rent Control

Update on AB 1229

The California Association of REALTORS has been opposing AB 1229 (Atkins), a bill that would dramatically weaken the rent control limitations contained in the landmark “Costa-Hawkins” law sponsored by C.A.R. in 1995. AB 1229 proposes to undo Costa-Hawkins’ protections by allowing local governments to impose inclusionary zoning on newly constructed housing.  AB 1229 effectively repeals that part of the C.A.R.-sponsored Costa-Hawkins legislation that says new construction in a rent control jurisdiction is exempt, or NOT subject to rent control.

AB 1229 was voted on last week in the state Senate and unfortunately passed. While disappointed in the outcome, we are grateful to all the REALTORS® who contacted their legislators to oppose the bill. We came very close. The bill received 21 votes, the minimum necessary to pass.

Here is how state Senators voted.

Yes votes (in opposition to C.A.R.’s OPPOSE position): Beall, Block, Corbett, De León, DeSaulnier, Evans, Hancock, Hernandez, Hill, Hueso, Jackson, Lara, Leno, Lieu, Liu, Monning, Padilla, Pavley, Steinberg, Torres and Wolk.

No votes (in support of C.A.R.’s OPPOSE position): Anderson, Berryhill, Calderon, Cannella, Emmerson, Fuller, Gaines, Galgiani, Huff, Knight, Nielsen, Vidak, Walters, Wright, Wyland and Yee

Not voting (also in support of C.A.R.’s position): Correa and Roth

Now that AB 1229 has passed both houses of the legislature, it will go to the Governor.

C.A.R. will be asking him to veto the bill. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact DeAnn Kerr at deannk@car.org.