Take Action: Stop the County Rent Control & Eviction Ban Ordinance
On Tuesday, May 4, the San Diego County Board of Supervisor will vote to ratify the ordinance "TO PROHIBIT RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE AND TO ENACT A MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL RENT INCREASES."
We urge you to call in and speak against this item, #26 on the Agenda. Our side was dramatically outnumbered at the last meeting. We know you are busy and waiting on the phone for hours is not easy, but proponents will rally hundreds of supporters. The meeting begins at 9:00 am, however, the item may not be heard until later in the meeting. SCRHA will send out updates if a specific time is set for this item.
Click here to fill out a request to speak. ACT NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT! Provide your name, phone number, and email address. Select "Item 26" and "In Opposition," then click submit. A confirmation page will appear with further directions. You may also click here to see the various ways you can tune in.
You can also call or write Supervisors today and ask them to VOTE NO on the "ORDINANCE TO PROHIBIT RESIDENTIAL EVICTIONS WITHOUT JUST CAUSE AND TO ENACT A MORATORIUM ON CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL RENT INCREASES." Talking points are below. Share how this law would impact you!
- Supervisor Nora Vargas: 619-531-5511 or District1community@sdcounty.ca.gov
- Supervisor Joel Anderson: 619-531-5522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer: 619-531-5533 or email@example.com
- Supervisor Nathan Fletcher: 619-531-5544 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Supervisor Jim Desmond: 619-531-5555 or email@example.com
Click here to find the District for your home or rental property.
Click here to access a pre-written email letter on our Action Center that you can customize before sending to your Supervisor.
Here are the reasons why this ordinance must not pass:
- It would prevent termination of tenancy and eviction unless for Just Cause defined as “Imminent threats to health and safety.” There is no clear definition, and it is likely this will result in not being able to remove residents unless for egregious crimes. This impacts neighboring residents.
- Legally served notices of termination and court approved evictions would be overruled by the retroactive dates in the ordinance. Even if you already served your notice or won your unlawful detainer case, you would not be able to proceed on vacating the unit.
- The Just Cause portion of the ordinance would be in place until 60 days after the Governor lifts Stay At Home orders. It has already been announced that the tiered system and most orders will be lifted on June 15. With businesses re-opening and more people returning to work, an ordinance like this now, when we are coming out of the pandemic, is unnecessary.
- It would cap rent increases at the Change in CPI until July 1. State law already has complicated rules in place to limit rent increases. Furthermore, anyone impacted by COVID-19 and unable to pay rent does not have to until June 30.
- Homeowners will not be able to move into their own homes. Many property owners have suffered financial impacts and need to move into their rental home.
- Property owners would not be able to terminate tenancies in order to sell a property. Many property owners are being forced to sell their properties because of financial hardships. This would prevent sales or make them much more difficult.
- Financing for the purchases of smaller properties will fall through or not be available at all since owner-occupancy will not be possible. Some financing options for smaller rental properties require that the buyer occupy a unit. Without the ability to terminate a tenancy for owner move-in, these deals will not be possible.