A Bill to Repeal California Rent Control Limits Gets A Public Hearing

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A sign advertising an apartment for rent hangs from a fire escape in front of an apartment building July 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A bill that would repeal California’s law limiting rent control is getting a public hearing on Thursday after languishing in committee for nearly a year. The Costa-Hawkins Act allows landlords to increase rent to market value between tenants and forbids rent control on buildings built after 1995, the year the act was passed. AB 1506, would repeal Costa-Hawkins and could have wide-ranging affects on rental markets statewide. What do you think -- should Costa-Hawkins be repealed? Is rent control the key to overcoming the Bay Area's housing crisis?



Dean Preston, executive director, Tenants Together

Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs, California Apartment Association