Proposed Ballot Measure for Rent Control in Long Beach if passed most certainly faces legal blowback. New information is presented in the April 25th memorandum from City Attorney to City Manager, Patrick West, Mayor and Members of the City Council identified six instances “so far” where if the proposed Ballot Measure for Rent Control in Long Beach ordinance were to pass litigation is certain to follow. Attorney City Staff identifies six different conflicts and warns of possible other City Charter violations within new Proposed Ballot Measure for Rent Control in Long Beach.

I am not shocked by the findings presented in the April 25th memorandum from City Attorney office. Most of the violations pertain to the proposed 5-member Rental Housing Board and their broad and sweeping powers given in the ordinance.

Obviously, I am very frustrated that a small advocacy group is pushing “Rent Control” a failed policy (which I’m going to circle back to.) But it even gets worse as this proposed Ballot Measure is more than Rental Control, Just Cause for Eviction, Relocation Funds, as this Ballot Measure calls for a Rental Housing Board.

This proposed Ballot Measure
 also calls for all landlords to pay an annual rental housing fee to pay for a “5-Member Rental Housing Board.” The Rental Housing Board may “at its discretion” adjust the amount of the fee to fund expenses. The Rental Board will also have the sole power to set rents, determine annual allowable rent increase; adjudicate petitions for rent adjustments, establish a budget, and hire staff and charge fees necessary to support the activities of the Rental Board.

At this point, it is a bit of a waiting game. The small group pushing the Ballot Measure must gather over 27,000 registered voter signatures by July 1st in order for the Measure to make the Ballot. And in the meantime, the City Manager, the City Attorney Office, Members of City Council, and the Mayor, among many other City leaders in Long Beach get ready just in case the small group gathers enough signatures to make the Ballot.

So, let me circle back to why I say “Rent Control is a failed policy.” First, it is hard to go against actual data and studies which 99% of all studies concluded Rent Control is a failed policy. But then I recently read a comment from a real person that’s actually had first-hand experience of a Rent Control Ordinance. “Her comment is so powerful I have to share it and let it stand as the last words of this post.”

Theresa says: MARCH 28, 2018 AT 10:46 AM

As someone who lived in San Francisco for a number of years before relocating to Long Beach, I can tell you that rent control only helps renters for the short term, and there are no other benefits after that. I, fortunately (and unfortunately) got into a rent-controlled junior studio for $1500 7 years ago in San Francisco before the boom really hit. And while I had an affordable rate while I lived there, it also kept me from being able to move anywhere else. I found myself trying to figure out how to fit my spouse and a baby in my studio because rent control made it so that the 2 bedroom units in my area were renting for $6k-$8k per month. So yes, rent control will give renters stability for now, but as their lives change and families grow, they’ll probably never be able to afford getting into a bigger place.

I also want to point out the person holding the “no more slumlords” poster in the picture. Want to know what slumlords are really like?! Wait until rent control is enacted and you’ll see how bad it can get. Why would a landlord go above and beyond to make proper repairs on a unit that they are renting out way below market rate? The best you’ll get is the “lipstick on the pig” approach until you move out.