October 15, 2020

Affordable Housing, Renter Protections on California Ballot

On Nov. 3, California voters will decide on issues related to affordable housing and renter protections.

Proposition 21

Proposition 21 would replace the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (Costa-Hawkins), which allows local governments to use rent control, except on (a) housing that was first occupied after February 1, 1995, and (b) housing units with distinct titles, such as condos, townhouses, and single-family homes.

This ballot measure would allow local governments to adopt rent control on housing units, except on (a) housing that was first occupied within the last 15 years and (b) units owned by natural persons who own no more than two housing units with separate titles, such as single-family homes, condos, and some duplexes, or subdivided interests, such as stock cooperatives and community apartment projects.  This ballot measure would require local governments that adopt rent control to allow landlords to increase rental rates by 15 percent during the first three years following a vacancy.

Measure A

San Diego residents will vote on Measure A, which aims to create enough affordable homes so that every veteran and child in San Diego experiencing homelessness could have access to a home.

Specific activities would include:


  • Create housing affordable for local homeless children and their families living in shelters, on the streets or in danger of becoming homeless.

Supportive Housing

  • Provide housing for chronically homeless where they can get supportive mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, job training and placements.

Low-income families

  • Ensure the working poor can afford housing and still have enough money for basics like food, transportation and childcare.

Safe, Clean, Healthy Housing

  • Create safe, clean and healthy housing affordable for low-income seniors, veterans and those with disabilities.

Homes Near Jobs

  • Provide affordable homes near jobs for low-income families.

COVID Relief

  • Create thousands of good-paying construction jobs to help our region rebound from the COVID-created economic crisis and provide homes where those most vulnerable to infection can get the care they need for themselves and to protect others.

While Enterprise supports keeping renters housed, it has not taken an official position on Proposition 21.

Enterprise supports San Diego Measure A.

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