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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he would urge Congress to extend the nation’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium through September while also providing an additional $30 billion in rental assistance. The rent relief would be part of a nearly $2 trillion stimulus plan that also includes $1,400 payments to qualifying individuals. The proposals would bolster the $25 billion in rental aid and $600 stimulus payments in the COVID-19 economic relief package approved in December.

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California’s governor and Legislature must take immediate steps to help businesses recover from a pandemic that continues to squeeze the economy, says a letter to state elected leaders from CAA and other business groups. The Jan. 11 letter, addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate and Assembly leadership and other state lawmakers, points to the turmoil that COVID-19 related business closures have caused. And with repeated surges in infections and hospitalizations, a full reopening of California’s economy remains out of reach.

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Protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10%, have been extended until the end of 2021 in several counties ravaged by wildfires in recent years. The extended protections apply to the counties of Los Angeles, Butte, Mendicino, Napa, Ventura and Sonoma, which saw fires between 2017 and 2019.

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The California Apartment Association has persuaded the Fair Employment and Housing Council to drop a provision that would have required landlords to accept guarantors on behalf of tenants. The requirement was a provision in the latest round of proposed fair housing regulations.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget blueprint for 2020-21 includes several proposals that could help Californians recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsom’s $227.2 billion spending plan, which he submitted to the Legislature this past Friday, would provide financial help to low-income Californians, launch a program to create jobs, and offer tax credits to spur affordable housing construction.

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California’s rental housing industry faces increased scrutiny over the accessibility of company websites. A plaintiff’s attorney recently contacted a Sacramento rental housing company, alleging violations of accessibility requirements under California fair housing law. A third-party company hosts the website.

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The city of Los Angeles’ COVID-19 eviction moratorium violates the U.S. Constitution and puts landlords at risk of foreclosure and bankruptcy, according to a brief filed by the California Apartment Association. The moratorium shields tenants from eviction for nonpayment of rent for two years, regardless of whether they can provide evidence of financial hardship tied to COVID-19.

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Long Beach on Tuesday unanimously approved a pathway for legalizing housing units that have been developed over time on existing structures but without building permits. These units are generally carved out of existing spaces, such as laundry rooms or storage areas, or have resulted from modest additions to existing multifamily buildings. The units may be safe and habitable yet remain out-of-compliance with underlying zoning regulations and development standards.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday pushed for the rapid distribution of $2.6 billion in federal rent relief headed to California from the latest COVID-19 economic stimulus package. Newsom’s office said the funds will help both low-income Californians and small-scale landlords struggling financially from the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom The governor Wednesday also proposed a $2.4 billion Golden State Stimulus program that would send $600 to low-income Californians. Newsom also urged lawmakers to extend COVID-19 eviction protections set to expire at the end of this month. With federal rent relief, the U.S. Treasury has until Jan. 26 deadline to distribute the… Read More

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