But far too few homes are being built. The reason? Land use regulations limit what types of—and how much—new housing can be built, significantly driving up the cost of new construction. As a result, building new housing is more expensive and time-consuming than it should be.

The key: giving owners freedom to use their property, which unleashes private enterprise to create more housing. We need to get government out of the way, not more government mandates. We need freedom in land use.

PLF is leading the charge to free property owners and builders from government barriers to housing production in courts and legislatures.


PLF is leading the charge to free property owners and builders from government barriers to housing production in courts and legislatures.

September 23, 2021 | By DAVID DEERSON

The Malibu Times: Malibu is violating homeowners’ rights by rejecting ADU permits

“California faces a severe housing crisis.” That’s what the state legislature said in 2016. As part of a slew of legislative reforms intended to address the crisis, the state passed new laws des…

September 20, 2021 | By LARRY SALZMAN

The Dispatch: Want affordable housing? Build more homes.

There is agreement today across the ideological spectrum that the cost of housing is too high. The share of all Americans paying more than 30, 40, or even 50 percent of their monthly income on housing…

September 17, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

Daily Journal: California law gives people the right to build ADUs. Cities need to let them.

Decades of underbuilding, largely due to red tape imposed by prohibitive land use laws, has pushed California into a housing crisis. Apartments and homes have never been more expensive. That’s why s…

September 17, 2021 | By BRIAN HODGES

The Orange County Register: Housing delayed is housing denied

This summer the Biden administration released a report that came to the same conclusion every administration since President Reagan’s has reached: restrictive land-use regulation is one of the prima…

September 14, 2021 | By JAMES BURLING

The Hill: Is this the beginning of the end of draconian rent control in New York City?

A century ago, the Supreme Court upheld the nation’s first rent control law in Washington, D.C.. A year later, it did the same for New York’s “Emergency Housing Law.” Soon, the Second Circuit …

October 07, 2021 | By BRITTANY HUNTER

Malibu is refusing to abide by California’s new housing laws, and one family is suffering as a result

For the entirety of Elizabeth Riddick’s life, her mother Renee has been her rock. Whether she was supporting Elizabeth through her divorce or helping her purchase a home in Malibu, California, Renee has been there for her daughter through thick and thin. When Renee, now 82, began to develop severe health issues, Elizabeth sprang into …

September 08, 2021 | By DAVID DEERSON

California’s new laws are tackling the housing shortage

California is in the midst of a severe housing shortage. With options limited and prices skyrocketing, the legislature in 2019 passed a slew of reforms making it easier for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, on their properties. ADUs are small homes located on the same lot as an existing single- or multi-family …

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