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Newsom to Sign AB 1482 for Statewide Renter Protections

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OAKLAND – Governor Gavin Newsom will kick off a statewide tour today to sign a series of bills that build on his administration’s efforts to tackle the housing affordability crisis. The Governor will sign the nation’s strongest statewide renter protection package and a number of other bills to address the rising costs of rent and housing.

AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) creates a statewide rent cap and eviction protections that are critical to combatting California’s housing and cost-of-living crisis.

Housing affordability has been a top priority for Governor Newsom. The state budget signed in June made a historic $ 1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives – both sticks and carrots – to incentivize cities to approve new home construction.

The budget also provided $20 million for legal services for renters facing eviction as well as $1 billion to help cities and counties fight homelessness.

The high cost of housing and rent has also been the focus of executive action. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land in order to find parcels to develop into affordable housing, launching partnerships with six California cities in April to develop affordable housing on that land and, last week, announcing the first Request for Proposal on state-owned land will be issued in the City of Stockton. 

The Newsom administration has also enforced state housing law – putting more than forty cities on notice that they were out of compliance with state housing requirements and in jeopardy of legal action. In August, the Governor unveiled a proposal to create a permanent fund to provide legal support to Californians facing eviction or foreclosure.

On Wednesday, Governor Newsom will continue his rent and housing tour with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles and sign a number of bills aimed at boosting housing production across the state.

Photo: Sacramento Bee

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