In its continued effort to address the state’s housing shortage, the California Apartment Association has sponsored legislation to help streamline the conversion of mixed-use commercial space into accessory dwelling units. SB 778 by Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, clarifies that owners of mixed-use or multifamily buildings may turn commercial spaces into these extra units, also known as in-law units or granny flats, a valuable form of housing at below-market prices within existing neighborhoods. Sen. Josh Becker The clarification centers on AB 68, a 2019 law that requires local governments to ministerially approve the conversion of non-living spaces in mixed-use and… Read More
The California Apartment Association today welcomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to fully reopen the state’s economy in a little more than two months. Newsom announced the reopening plan for California this week, saying a full reopening will occur on June 15, so long as the state has a sufficient vaccine supply for those 16 and older, and hospitalization rates are stable and low. Gov. Gavin Newsom The governor’s announcement came as California reached a milestone in its battle against COVID-19, having administered 20 million doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities. Even after the planned reopening, Californians will… Read More
The California Apartment Association today mobilized its members to fight a pair of bills that would jeopardize their ability to be quality housing providers. Assemblyman Alex Lee CAA asked the state’s rental housing owners and operators to send letters to the state Assembly urging no votes on AB 854, the “Stay in Business Forever Act”; and AB 1188, the “Public Landlord-Tenant Registry” bill. AB 854 by Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-San Jose, takes aim at California’s Ellis Act, a law that protects a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing business. Lee’s proposal would prohibit rental housing providers from using the… Read More
Despite fierce opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to impose a rent control law that would limit most rent increases and evictions across the county. The ordinance, approved on a 3-2 preliminary vote, would apply to all cities and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and would remain in effect until 60 days after Gov. Newsom lifts the stay-at-home order tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Design of CAA’s new website is wrapping up. Barring any unforeseen delays, CAA will unveil its revamped site on the evening of Thursday, April 22. Website visitors can expect improved navigation and search tools, faster load times and a more modern look. Stay tuned for updates
Placer County has launched Rent Help Placer, an emergency rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Treasury. Rent Help Placer provides financial assistance to eligible low-income renters in Placer County to pay past-due or current rent and utility payments. Applicants must show a loss in income or other related financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic to qualify. To be eligible for assistance, the household must have an income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) and be able to prove one of the following due to COVID-19: Have lost income or qualify for unemployment benefits. Incurred… Read More
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a countywide eviction moratorium and rent cap. The California Apartment Association is calling on rental housing providers to oppose the measure, which would apply both in unincorporated areas and within each city. State lawmakers have already passed legislation to prevent evictions during the pandemic, namely the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Moreover, in 2019, the Legislature passed a statewide rent cap via AB 1482. “Adding local rental housing laws on top of newly adopted statewide law creates confusion and undercuts balanced enforcement in… Read More
Did you know the city of San Diego requires rental housing providers to notify their residents every year about recycling services? Or that the city has its own eviction rules that differ from state law? Operating rental housing in San Diego can be complicated, but the California Apartment Association makes it a whole lot easier. CAA offers the necessary forms and educational materials for landlords to follow San Diego’s unique rules. Below are links to a new series of materials specific to San Diego: Complying with the city’s just-cause eviction ordinance Issue Insight: City of San Diego’s Just Cause Ordinance… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, March 31, in observance of the Cesar Chavez Day holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, April 1.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its COVID-19 eviction moratorium through June, although the move is not expected to have much effect on California, which has its own, arguably more stringent eviction moratorium. The CDC eviction moratorium had been set to expire at the end of March. With the extension, it’s now set to lapse June 30, the same day California’s eviction ban is scheduled to sunset.