Threats to Costa-Hawkins Makes Ballot Again for 2024

The 2024 ballot initiative led by activist Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation represents a persistent effort to challenge and modify existing property regulations, particularly the Costa-Hawkins protections. This initiative, marking their third attempt, underscores an ongoing debate surrounding property rights, rent control, and the broader implications for homeowners.

threats to costa hawkins makes ballot again

What is the Costa-Hawkins Act?

Costa-Hawkins Act, enacted in California in 1995, limits the extent to which local governments can impose rent control on residential properties. The Act provides certain exemptions and restrictions on the implementation of rent control policies, aiming to strike a balance between the interests of property owners and the need for affordable housing. Michael Weinstein and his foundation, however, have consistently advocated for the repeal of these protections, arguing that it hinders their efforts to address housing affordability and homelessness.


The proposed initiative raises concerns among property owners about potential impacts on their rights and property values. By seeking to expand rent control, Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation aim to address what they perceive as a housing crisis, but critics argue that such measures can have unintended consequences, including discouraging property investment, reducing housing supply, and potentially leading to a decline in overall housing quality.

The ongoing debate around rent control and property rights reflects broader societal concerns about housing affordability, homelessness, and the role of government in regulating the housing market. Advocates for stricter rent control measures argue that they are necessary to protect tenants from skyrocketing rents and maintain diverse communities, while opponents emphasize the importance of allowing market forces to dictate prices and encourage private investment in housing.

As the initiative qualifies for the 2024 ballot, it sets the stage for a renewed public discourse on the delicate balance between property rights and the broader societal need for affordable and accessible housing. Property owners, tenants, and policymakers will engage in a robust discussion about the potential consequences of expanding rent control, weighing the immediate benefits for tenants against the long-term impacts on property owners and the overall housing market.

Proposed Costa Hawkins Repeal Webinar

You are invited to attend an informational webinar hosted by the California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA) and our nine affiliates. Featured speakers include Russo & McGarty consultants, who led the statewide fight on previous rent control ballot initiatives Props. 10 and 21.

Webinar Information:

Webinar: 2024 Initiative Repeals Costa-Hawkins

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Time: 10:00 a.m. 

Register here.