State Proposition 21 on the November 3, 2020 ballot would expand the power of local governments to enact residential rent control. A state law called Costa-Hawkins currently sets limits on local rent control, and Proposition 21 would change those limits.
Rent control puts a ceiling on the amounts of annual residential rent increases. San Francisco has rent control, the Gateway is subject to rent control, and if Proposition 21 passes, there would be no immediate change at the Gateway. However, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and other local governments would be able to expand current rent control protections in several ways.
San Francisco’s present rent control ordinance applies only to buildings built before 1979; does not apply to any single-family residences; and does not apply to vacant units.
If Proposition 21 passes, local governments could allow rent control to cover buildings built at any time before 2005; rent control could apply to single-family homes owned by landlords owning three or more properties; and rent control could provide partial benefits to tenants moving into a vacant unit (vacancy control).
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