County Board of Supervisors votes to temporarily cap rent increasesProclaimer Staff November 17, 2018 0 COMMENTS
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in favor of an ordinance to temporarily limit rent increases up to three percent in unincorporated areas of the county, including Castaic, Stevenson Ranch and Agua Dulce.
The measure lasts until March 10, 2019 unless the board votes to extends the ordinance, according to county documents.
The board previously backed Proposition 10, which would have returned control to municipalities and local jurisdictions by repealing the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. However, less than 40 percent of voters voted to pass the proposition,
In addition, Acting Governor Gavin Newsom has extended a ban on rent increases over 10 percent rent-gouging ban to Butte, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties due to wildfire damage. The ban on excessive rent increases falls under California Penal Code section 396, which prohibits price gouging for necessary goods and services after the governor declares a state of emergency.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the 5th District including Santa Clarita Valley, casted the dissenting vote against the Nov. 14 ordinance.
Barger’s office cited concerns over the ordinance’s impact on property owners and said that loosening regulations will more effectively increase housing supply and will eventually lower rents.
However, supporters of rent control measures applauded the board’s vote in favor of the ordinance, and some even proposed extending the measure further.
“The measure should have been for 12 months, in my opinion,” Donovan Dale said. Dale is a member of the Democratic Socialists for America Los Angeles chapter and attends the Santa Clarita Valley neighborhood hangout. “It also should have been tacked onto Prop. 10 so we could have something more concrete and clear [to advocate for].”