BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Proposition 21, which would expand rent control in California, is poised to fail with 72% of precincts voting and 60% of voters choosing no.
Prop 21 would allow local governments to establish more rent controls on residential properties over 15 years old. Single-family homes owned by people with no more than two properties would be exempted.
In Kern County, 72.77% of voters, or 10,2877, voted against Prop 21. 27.23% of voters, or 38,496, voted in favor of Prop 21.
Supporters said Prop 21 would keep families in their homes during this pandemic, and prevent more homelessness.
But opponents say the measure will make the housing crisis worse, stop new housing from being built, and provides no protection for renters, seniors, veterans, or disabled people.