Pasadena for Rent Control
This November, Pasadena voters will have the opportunity to enact rent control and real eviction protections in our city. Learn why you should vote YES on rent control for a stable and Affordable Pasadena!
About the charter amendment
The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing charter amendment has two main parts:
- Rent control prevents massive year after year increases in rent for tenants who are already living in a home, while guaranteeing a fair return to landlords as required by state law. Under our charter amendment, a landlord would only be allowed to increase rent once a year, by a percentage that represents 75% of inflation for the last year.
- Just-cause eviction protections require landlords to have a good reason for filing an eviction such as non-payment of rent or breach of lease. Landlords could not evict tenants just because they don’t like them, or because they want to flip the unit and rent it out to higher-income tenants at a higher rent.
We must pass rent control and eviction protections at the same time because it is impossible to have effective eviction protections without rent control. Without rent control, a landlord wanting to evict a tenant for an unfair reason could simply raise the rent to a level they know the tenant cannot afford to pay. Then, they can evict the tenant for non-payment of rent.
The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing charter amendment qualified for the November 8th 2022 ballot with 15,101 signatures from registered Pasadena voters. Our city is ready for real tenant protections!
Members of the Pasadena Tenants Union wrote the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing charter amendment after working on the ground with tenants experiencing housing crises. The same kind of story is happening again and again. Long-time Pasadena residents are being forced to leave their homes so that landlords can flip the units and rent the place out – at much higher costs – to wealthier newcomers. Every year that we don’t enact rent control and eviction protections, more of the people who make up the heart of Pasadena will be displaced.
If you are experiencing an issue with your landlord, such as a rent increase, eviction, habitability issues, or harassment, please contact the Pasadena Tenants Union. If you leave a voicemail or send an email, a volunteer will get back to you. Please contact the Tenants Union directly rather than the campaign for the quickest response to urgent housing issues!
Join the movement!
We all need to work together to ensure that tenants in Pasadena are protected this fall. Please contribute however you can, by volunteering to talk with voters, donating to our campaign fund, or helping to spread the word!
Talk to your neighbors about the importance of rent control for Pasadena! We are doing literature drops, door-knocking, phone-banking, and text-banking. Click the link below to fill out a general volunteer intake form. Someone from the campaign will contact you about upcoming opportunities.
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We are proud to have the endorsement of these community leaders! Join our movement! We welcome endorsements from both individuals and organizations.
Pasadena Tenants Union
League of Women Voters – Pasadena
ACLU of Southern California
National Union of Healthcare Workers
Democrats of Pasadena Foothills
Pasadena City Council Member, District 5
Pasadena Unified School District Board Member, District 6
Human Relations Commission Chair, Candidate for Pasadena City Council District 3
Planning Commission Vice Chair, Pasadena City Council Member-Elect, District 7
Pasadena City College Board of Trustees Member-Elect, Area 3
Former Mayor, City of Pasadena; Criminal Defense Attorney
Former Mayor, City of Pasadena; Executive Director, Congress for the New Urbanism; Special Housing Advisor to the Mayor, City of Pasadena
Former Pasadena City Councilmember, District 1
Candidate for Pasadena Unified School District Board, District 7