Pass The Santa Cruz Rent Control and Tenant Protection Act
Santa Cruz is still dealing with the housing crisis. A study by the Zillow Rent Index shows that rent increased by 41% from 2013-2016. In that same time, the Santa Cruz County wages only increased by 4.8%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Santa Cruz does currently not restrict rent-hikes or evictions and this amendment would include these protections, especially ensuring “just cause for eviction. Organizations like the California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, and Service Employees International Union all support affordable housing as a necessity for their members. The citizens of Santa Cruz need to push for these changes to the law. These changes will ensure a stronger housing market over a long period of time in which people who live and labor in the city are able to get housing within the community.