VOTE NO ON PROP 21 – THE FLAWED RENTAL HOUSING MEASURE

Prop 21 has too many flaws and will make the housing crisis worse.

California just passed the toughest-in-the-nation statewide tenant protection law that provides certainty on rent increases while ensuring critical affordable housing is still built in our state.

But Michael Weinstein and his multi-million dollar special interest group are pushing Prop 21 on the November 3, 2020 statewide ballot, a measure that would undermine this new critically important law.

These are the same special interests who spent more than $25 million on the flawed rent control measure, Proposition 10 in 2018, which voters rejected overwhelmingly with a 59% NO vote. Don’t be misled.

Prop 21 is even more flawed than their last proposition. It’s bad for homeowners and renters – it will reduce our housing supply and make California’s housing crisis even worse.

  • Undermines California’s New Statewide Rent Control Law
    Governor Newsom just signed new statewide rent control into law and Prop 21 would go into effect before we even have a chance to see the benefits of the new law. Under Prop 21, local governments can even give landlords the power to raise rents higher than what’s allowed under these new, toughest-in-the-nation renter protections.
  • Allows Regulation of Single-Family Homes
    This deeply flawed proposition allows local governments to impose rent control on apartments and privately-owned single-family homes without a vote of the people. Prop 21 may even open the door to permanent price controls on private residences, even some single-family homes.
  • Reduces Housing Supply and Drives Up the Cost of Existing Housing
    Prop 21 will encourage landlords to take rental properties off the market and convert them into condos and townhomes, further reducing the housing supply and making the housing crisis even worse. By creating an inconsistent and unpredictable patchwork of local ordinances, Prop 21 will prevent critical affordable housing development and drive rents and housing costs up even higher. This will hit low-income families especially hard by making housing even more expensive and harder to find.
  • Puts Unelected Bureaucrats in Charge of Housing with the Power to Add Additional Fees
    Prop 21 will give unelected bureaucrats the power to add fees on rental housing without a vote of the people, making rental housing even more expensive and driving up the cost of living. Even worse, Prop 21 will put as many as 539 rental boards in charge of rental housing, with bureaucrats deciding what people can or cannot do with their properties. Prop 21 could even lead to unelected bureaucrats charging homeowners a fee for taking their home off the rental market.
  • Adds Tens of Millions in New Costs to Local Governments
    The state’s non-partisan Legislative Analyst says Prop 21 would increase costs for local governments by tens of millions of dollars per year and cost the state millions more in lost revenue, which would mean diverting funds from other vital state services.