Written by Sid Lakireddy

A new year is almost upon us, and as we plan for 2020’s policy priorities, we want to recognize everyone who contributed to helping raise awareness of small rental housing providers, at the state Capitol. We were successful in defeating many harmful policy proposals that could have dug a deeper hole for the California housing crisis. Your dedication to our industry, and the attentiveness of our organization to the work, gave our organization greater visibility than it’s ever had. This is exactly what we need, heading into the new year.

This holiday, we are especially grateful for our member enthusiasm around advocating for the stability of our industry as well as increasing our avenues of success. Small rental housing providers are the cornerstone of the industry and our organization is dedicated to preserving its value. Your involvement gave a greater voice to a group that is not often recognized as a key stakeholder in the housing crisis.

As we begin holiday celebrations, know that the entire CalRHA team is hard at work planning for the upcoming 2020 battles. Our lobbying team is working on legislative priorities including (but not limited to!) minimum wage requirements for resident managers, marijuana smoking in rentals, and right of first refusal in rental housing sales. And that’s only the beginning!

A coalition proposing a statewide tax for property owners is working to collect one million signatures to qualify a split roll tax initiative on the 2020 ballot. Recently, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs in supporting this tax, which we know is a first attempt to dismantle Prop 13. California businesses need your help to get voters to understand the implications of ballot measure. There are many organizations who will be working to oppose the split roll that could cost our industry billions. We will keep you up to date on how to get involved as well as inform you about the impending redux of Prop 10. We will be working with our coalition to oppose and defeat this initiative in 2020. You can learn more at www.StopRentControl.net.

We will also keep you up to date on vacancy taxes which have gained traction with the help of local officials in various cities across the state. The vacancy tax is the elected officials attempt to force owners to rent to long term tenants with the idea that it will help mitigate their local housing shortage. But it’s our job to remind lawmakers that the core housing crisis is greater than just vacant units. We have to stop nonsense proposals like these and expose how harmful they could be to small property owners – the very people supplying housing for the state. We thank you for your activism and devotion to our mutual cause. We wish you a wonderful holiday with those you love.

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