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Bold, new rent control law passes in Calif.

Posted by Mehran Aram on Sat, Sep 14, 2019 @ 08:09 AM

Lawmakers in California last week approved a statewide limit on annual rent increases for most tenants. This sweeping mandate is the latest step to curb rapidly rising rent prices in the State. Specifically, the new law, which would become retroactively effective as of March this year, caps annual rent price hikes to 5 percent after inflation.

The bill, as of this writing, will head to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk where he is expected to sign it into law. He has made the housing affordability crisis in California a top priority of his administration.

California voters rejected a similar ballot initiative last year that would have allowed cities to impose more strict local rent caps.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.

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California lawmakers reach deal on rent control

Posted by Mehran Aram on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 @ 15:09 PM

Renters across California may soon find some relief from endless rent hikes as a result of an agreement reached between Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature. The proposal would cap the rate at which landlords can raise rent prices – a maximum of 5 percent plus inflation per year.

The bill now heads to both the State Senate and the Assembly for a vote. Although strongly opposed by landlords, should the bill pass as it is expected to do, would be a major victory for rents who have faced steep increases over the past several years. As more Californian’s found home prices unaffordable, demand for apartments increased, resulting in a rapid increase in lease costs.

Part of the compromise included an exemption on apartments built within the last 15 years from the rent cap – up from a period of 10 years proposed by tenant advocates earlier on.

Meanwhile, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.625 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.125 percent.

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Topics: Mortgage rates, Rent Control, California Housing Market, Gavin Newsom, California Rent Prices, California Home Prices, Rent Hikes

Lawmakers try to provide relief from high rent prices

Posted by Mehran Aram on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 05:06 AM

After a California ballot measure to expand rent control failed last November, lawmakers are looking into other options to curb the seemingly endless increase in the state’s rent prices. Legislators are weighing bills that would take dramatic steps to control prices like prohibiting landlords from raising the rent more than 5 percent per year after inflation. A new rent control proposition is also expected to be on the ballot in 2020, according to an article on Realtor.com.

On a local level, the city of Long Beach, where rent costs have shot up by more than 25 percent since 2014, is forcing some rental unit owners to pay for a tenants moving expenses if they raised the rent more than 10 percent in the previous year.

In San Diego, where rent prices are among the highest in the nation, someone making $40,000 per year may still need a roommate to avoid monthly living expenses eating away more than half of each paycheck.

Today, conforming no-point 30-year fixed mortgage rates are averaging 3.875 percent and 15-year rates are near 3.375 percent.

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Topics: Mortgage rates, Rent, California Housing Market, Rental Prices, High Rent, California Rent Prices