For more than twenty years, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (“Costa-Hawkins”) has served as a critical check on the expansion of rent control in California. Enacted in 1995, Costa-Hawkins bars local jurisdictions from imposing rent control on single family residences, condominiums, and newly-built units (units constructed after February 1, 1995 or, in those jurisdictions … [Read more...] about Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act’s restrictions on rent control in California
Over the last several years, I have written a number of blog articles about rent control in the Bay Area. From time to time, these articles have focused specifically on San Francisco and its notorious approach to this question. Without a doubt, it is an unfortunate fact of life that being a residential landlord under San Francisco’s existing regime can be an Augean task. One … [Read more...] about Appeals court finds that San Francisco violated Ellis Act by imposing long waits on exiting landlords to renovate “nonconforming units”
Over the last few years, I have written several blog posts about the housing shortage facing our Golden State. These articles have dealt with issues of statewide import, in addition to those specifically affecting the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley. In an effort to respond to this predicament, Governor Brown recently signed a host of bills, passed in the waning days … [Read more...] about California adopts rash of new laws intended to address housing crisis
Challenge San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance In this blog a few months back, I reported that the California Building Industry Association (“CBIA”), represented by Pacific Legal Foundation (“PLF”), a leading property rights advocacy group, was seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the California Supreme Court’s decision last June to deny its challenge to the City of San … [Read more...] about San Jose’s inclusionary housing ordinance allowed to stand, for now
Office space caps Despite a sluggish U.S. economy, growth in Silicon Valley continues on a torrid pace. Yet a dark cloud of uncertainty looms on the horizon—the potential effects of hastily-adopted land use restrictions curbing the ability of high-tech firms and other developing businesses to plan for expansion. A current shortage of office space, exacerbated by office space … [Read more...] about Office space caps: Could Silicon Valley kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?