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AB 1482 – California Rent Cap & Just Cause for Eviction Resources

The passage of AB 1482 was a HUGE win for California renters – enshrining into state law some of the strongest anti-rent gouging and just cause for eviction protections in the country. We are working with local legal aid partners to ensure that the new laws are enforced, and renters are protected. This webinar is a resource for those working to stop unfair and unlawful evictions.

We thank our co-sponsors, partners, and colleagues around the state for their support in securing AB 1482’s passage and for their local advocacy and assistance to ensure its successful implementation.

Below you will find sample pleadings, letters, and a webinar to help stop pre-1482 evictions, as well as information and background on AB 1482:


San Diego will soon have rent control. What renters and landlords need to know

Rent control is coming to San Diego County in 2020, and there is a lot for tenants and landlords to know.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation in early October that will cap rent increases throughout the state from 7 to 8 percent a year. It’s uncharted territory for California to have a statewide effort to rein in rents and especially in San Diego County, which has never had any form of rent control.

…Alexander Harden, a policy advocate at the Western Center on Law & Poverty that help craft the new law, said it would be unlikely a corporation would try to skirt the law because it could open them up to a class-action lawsuit.

“We wanted to capture these big corporate actors that are increasingly investing in small properties,” he said. “That’s why there is an exception to the exception for those folks.”

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How California’s Tenants Won Statewide Rent Control

California’s progressive activists won a major victory in mid-September when the state legislature passed, and Governor Gavin Newsom promised to sign, a bill creating unprecedented protections for renters facing skyrocketing rents and arbitrary evictions in a state where the increasing unaffordability of housing has reached crisis proportions.

…Led by ACCE, and such other progressive organizations as PICO California, the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Public Advocates, PolicyLink, and TechEquity, the organizers recruited more than 150 groups to support Chiu’s bill, including the state Democratic Party, the California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO), the California State Building and Construction Trades Council, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, YIMBY Action, the Sierra Club, and California Alliance for Retired Americans.

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‘Put in a corner,’ El Cerrito scraps just-cause eviction law

The 25,000-person town of El Cerrito was the latest target for a deep-pocket California landlord interest group, which shelled out more than $30,000 to kill a just-cause for eviction ordinance that would have affected a little more than 100 landlords.

…Sasha Harnden, a policy advocate for Sacramento-based anti-poverty group the Western Center on Law and Poverty, said in an interview that the California Apartment Association is one of the top two most powerful groups in the state representing landlord interests, along with the California Association of Realtors.

“These landlord interests have so much power over our elected representatives,” Harnden said.

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