JUNE 7, 2019
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RENT CONTROL
In this week’s Housing Emergency Response Kit (#HERK), we tackle rent control. The first step in any crisis is to make sure we don’t make it worse. Unfortunately, rent control would do just that. Studies show that most of the economic benefits of rent control would go to high-income earners, and that it could disproportionately hurt those who are looking for rental housing.
We need to make it easier to produce housing. Measures like Prop 10 didn’t pass because it would have opened the door to rental caps on single family homes & radical proposals that would keep price controls in place - even after a tenant moves out.

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TODAY'S TESTIMONIAL
“Rent Control would only make our current housing crisis worse. It would lead to less affordable housing being built, create incentives for current landlords to take existing rental properties off the market, and make it harder for those looking for affordable housing. One of the many reasons I’m a BIALAV member is because I know they’re out there educating our elected officials and the public on this topic, and more.”

--Barry Altshuler, EVP, Investments – Equity Residential

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Rent Control HERK page here .
HOUSING SPOTLIGHT
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ADVOCACY IN ACTION
BIA-LAV PROMOTES THE HOUSING EMERGENCY RESPONSE KIT AT LA CITY COUNCIL
BIA-LAV Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel, has been meeting with LA City officials and staff to provide practical solutions to the housing crisis, as featured in our Housing Emergency Response Kit (HERK). This week, Christine met with Counci l President Herb Wesson’s office and Councilmember Curren Price’s office. If you would like to join these meetings, please let us know , as attending meetings with elected officials is a member benefit, helps drive home our advocacy, and breathes life into our struggles. We are meeting with more Council Districts in the coming weeks—including next week—and value your input.

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Housing Emergency Response Kit here .
ULI ROUNDTABLE ON THE "MISSING MIDDLE"
On Thursday, BIA-LAV partnered with ULI on their Urban Marketplace 2019 event, "Planting Seeds for Successful Growth – Developing Opportunities Through Community". BIA-LAV Executive Board Member, Monica Mejia with LINC Housing, and BIA-LAV CEO, Tim Piasky, participated as guest speakers moderating roundtable discussions on the "missing middle". BIA-LAV shared highlights from our Housing Emergency Response Kit’s "Missing Middle" one-pager, and talked through solutions with municipal, private and public sector attendees. 

Learn more about the Missing Middle HERK page here .
BIA-LAV ON RENT CONTROL
BIA-LAV ADVOCATED TO STOP STATEWIDE RENT CONTROL
Last year, Senior Government Affairs Director, Christine Rangel, testified at the L.A. City Council's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee to urge the City not to support a resolution in support of Proposition 10. Prop 10 would have repealed Costa-Hawkins, the state's rent control law. Unfortunately, the Committee chose to support the resolution, and the Council voted to pass the Resolution.
In addition, Government Affairs Director, Diana Coronado, also testified against the County of Los Angeles' support for the proposition, and they too, chose to back the repeal of Costa-Hawkins. However, thanks to BIA-LAV's work with the the "No on Prop 10" campaign the measure was defeated Statewide. We were able to highlight why Prop 10 and rent control is the wrong solution for housing affordability. BIA-LAV's advocacy efforts were featured in the Los Angeles Daily News and on NBC 4 Los Angeles .
LA COUNTY TENANTS’ PROTECTIONS WORKING GROUP
In August 2018, the County Tenants’ Protections Working Group officially completed their report and recommendations for the Board of Supervisors. The recommendations included rent stabilization and the extension of rent control based on potential State rent control policies. BIA-LAV was present at the Working Group meetings that commenced in January 2018 and took place over the course of eight months. BIA-LAV presented to the group, testified, and sent a comment letter to the Board of Supervisors with feedback from our membership. These policies have not yet been officially adopted.
BIA-LAV TESTIFIES AGAINST A FREEZE ON RENT INCREASES
Just ahead of the last Statewide election cycle in September 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors made a motion to place a 3% rent cap moratorium in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The proposal has since been extended to the end of November 2019. BIA-LAV sent out an Action Alert to mobilize our membership against the motion. The original Ordinance is available for review here . This year, BIA-LAV has joined a coalition to stop the continued advancement of rent control, called the "Coalition for Responsible Housing Solutions". Learn more here .

Learn more about BIA-LAV's Rent Control HERK page here .
NEWSWORTHY
BUILDING INDUSTRY NEWS
Down goes Measure EE: Property tax referendum routed at polls
Do people object to development—or mostly developers making money? ( Sightline Institute )
Homelessness jumps 12% in L.A. County and 16% in the city; officials ‘stunned’ ( LA Times )
"People Assisting The Homeless, or PATH, which builds affordable housing and runs shelters, have begun to call for change at the state level to help address what’s playing out on the street. Los Angeles County  needs  almost 517,000 more units of affordable rental housing to meet demand, and a renter needs to make $47.52 per hour, which is more than triple the minimum wage, to pay the median monthly rent of $2,471, according to a recently released report by the  California Housing Partnership . "
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