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Rent Control Is Gaining Steam in California

The state could become the first to overturn a ban by ballot initiative.
Rent control supporters show their support at a press conference announcing the collection and submission of over 588,000 voter signatures for a statewide ballot measure on rent control.
Rent control supporters show their support at a press conference announcing the collection and submission of over 588,000 voter signatures for a statewide ballot measure on rent control.Carlos Delgado/AP

After nearly a quarter century of trying, tenant activists in California could be on the cusp of repealing the state law that forbids rent control from being applied to new housing units.

Overturning limits on rent control will be on the ballot in California this November, now that organizers have garnered enough signatures to certify Proposition 10. California could be the first state to repeal state-wide rent control limits via ballot initiative, as a number of other cities are challenging similar laws in other states.