State bill would put a rent cap on 11,000 homes in the Mission alone — but first it must pass

By Ashvini Malshe : missionlocal – excerpt

Some 20,000 housing units in the Mission continue to be vulnerable to steep rent hikes, in the midst of a housing and homelessness crisis in California.

But AB-1482, a bill introduced by Assemblyman David Chiu, could enforce a state-wide rent cap linked to the Consumer Price Index, capping rent increases at 10 percent annually. The bill is meant to protect tenants who face displacement, especially in cities without rent control or buildings not covered by rent control even in cities where it exists.

Chiu told Mission Local that there are two main points to his bill: One, it would prevent “rent-gouging” for tenants who live in buildings that are not under San Francisco rent control. This would include single-family homes, condos, and buildings built after 1979.

The second point includes “just-cause protections,” meaning landlords would be required to list a fair cause for eviction. Right now, Chiu said, “It is legal to evict them for no cause at all.”…

“Helping people stay housed where they are is of paramount importance,” said Chiu. He continued, “We have to do everything we can to help keep people in their homes for many years.” …(more)

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