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After KPCC Investigation ‘Stuck,’ CA Rental Data Tracking Bill Reintroduced

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A state assemblywoman wants to collect new data on rental housing in California. 

Introduced Tuesday, the new bill from Oakland lawmaker Buffy Wicks, AB 2406, would track rents, vacancies, ownership and more for landlords with at least 5 units.

Wicks pledged to re-introduce the bill after KPCC broadcast our special report, "Deceit, Disrepair and Death Inside a Southern California Rental Empire", which shined a light on the lack of public information about landlords in California. She said the data will help California figure out how to address its housing crisis. 

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We follow up with Assemblymember Wicks about what she hopes to achieve with this legislation and what makes it different from the bill that failed last year. 


Buffy Wicks (AD-15), California Assemblymember representing the 15th District, which encompasses the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Richmond, and parts of the City of Oakland in the East Bay; she is the author of AB 2406; she tweets @BuffyWicks