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To help rental housing professionals prepare for the new year, the California Apartment Association has updated its rental forms and instruction sheets. The association also published new forms for members to use to comply with the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act’s (CTRA) 15-Day Notice requirement and to be used when terminating a tenancy because the owner needs to move into the unit, or is going out of the rental housing business.  CAA staff create and update forms based on new laws, member requests and questions submitted through CAA’s Landlord Helpline.  Forms with major revisions, as well as the newly published forms:… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is working to protect ethical landlords from being unfairly punished under separate “anti-harassment” ordinances moving forward in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Los Angeles proposal aims to prevent landlords from taking a variety of steps considered by the city to be harassment, such as threatening to report a tenant to immigration authorities, refusing to accept lawful rent payments from a tenant, or retaliating against a renter for participating in a tenants union. Already, a robust state law protects tenants from harassment, and CAA is working to ensure that no ordinance can be misused for frivolous… Read More

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The California Apartment Association this month opposed a relocation-fee increase in the city of Santa Barbara.

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30.

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Under a new California law, landlords who own certain government-subsidized properties must give tenants the option of having their rental payments reported to a major credit bureau. SB 1157 by Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, is intended to help low-income tenants enhance their credit scores by incorporating on-time rental payment records into their credit histories. This type of reporting rarely happens at present. “This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, starts to correct the longstanding inequity where those with the least resources have to fight the hardest to establish and improve their credit scores,” Bradford said in this… Read More

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Question: Where can I find CAA’s just-cause termination notice form? Answer: This has been a common question on CAA’s Landlord Helpline, given that the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) requires landlords to provide residents with a “just cause” when they terminate a tenancy. The just-cause requirement applies to all tenancies — even those not covered by the just-cause provisions of AB 1482, the new statewide rent cap law. For example, CTRA provides just-cause protections to tenants no matter how long they’ve lived in a unit, while AB 1482 limits just-cause protections to residents in place for a year… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is preparing to launch a revamped website with improved navigation and search tools, faster load times and a more modern look. CAA plans to roll out its redesigned site in the first quarter of 2021. The association will keep members apprised of the new site launch plans and offer previews of the exciting changes to come. Revisions to the website will have no impact on member login information or any data they have stored in their accounts. CAA launched its current website in March of 2015. Since that time, visits have grown dramatically. In March 2014,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday.

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The city of Glendale has allowed its COVID-19 freeze on rent increases to expire and has revised its rent-repayment schedule to align with state law. Late last month, the City Council voted to sunset its temporary rent cap as of Oct. 31. The order prohibited rent increases for the city’s pre-1995 apartments during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The California Apartment Association is urging its members to review their tenant-screening procedures, an exercise that could help them avoid costly litigation. CAA’s recommendation comes amid reports that consumer attorneys are suing landlords over alleged violations of the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, during the tenant-screening process.

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