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California’s Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday assigned a proposition number to the extreme rent control measure slated for the Nov. 3 statewide ballot: Proposition 21.  The measure attacks California’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would  welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and make California’s housing crisis even worse. Anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein is bankrolling the campaign to pass the measure, using funds from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of which he is president. Michael Weinstein Photo by REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Until now, Weinstein’s radical rent control measure has often been referred… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, July 6.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in place for at least three more months. On Tuesday, Newsom extended the order through Sept. 30. It had been set to expire July 28. 

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Thanks to the work of the California Apartment Association, a bill that emerged from the state Senate on Thursday no longer includes fines of up to $20,000 for violations of AB 1482, the state’s rent cap and eviction-control law. With the penalty provisions included, Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, was unable to garner the votes necessary to move the bill off the Senate floor. After she agreed to strip the steep fine provisions from the bill, SB 1190 won passage. It now heads to the Assembly. As the bill moves to the Assembly, its remaining key provision expands the ability of… Read More

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There’s no turning back now. Thursday was the deadline for Michael Weinstein to withdraw his radical rent control measure from California’s statewide ballot. Michael Weinstein is using dollars from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to bankroll an extreme rent control measure going before California voters this fall. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok He did not.

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For many rental housing providers, July 1, 2020, may be a significant date.   Under AB 1482, the state’s new rent cap and just-cause-for-eviction law, July 1 triggers additional notice requirements in new and renewed rental agreements. The start of the second half of the year also triggers additional recycling requirements for some businesses and opens the door to enforcement of the state’s new data-privacy law.   AB 1482: requirements for rental agreements  AB 1482, also known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, took effect Jan. 1 of this year and imposes rent caps and just-cause requirements on most residential rental properties in the state. Below, you’ll find specific requirements that apply… Read More

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Debra Carlton Joshua Howard In the fifth edition of the CAA Podcast, Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs, and Joshua Howard, the association’s executive vice president of local public affairs, discuss the many problems with AB 1436, which would force landlords to defer rents for possibly years on end for tenants who’ve been unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here

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Los Angeles city residents may eventually vote on a proposed “vacancy tax,” but it won’t be this year. After a letter-writing campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association, the City Council on Wednesday decided unanimously to wait until at least 2022 to place such a tax on the ballot. The tax would apply to owners of property that sits unoccupied for a specified amount of time.

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The city of Sacramento has filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping a rent control initiative off November’s ballot and holding a tenant activist to her pledge to drop the measure. Like the city, the California Apartment Association opposes the initiative in question. The measure traces back to 2018, when tenant activists attempted to qualify a rent control initiative for the fall election but failed to collect enough signatures by the deadline. They kept circulating their petition, though, and ultimately qualified the initiative for a future ballot, shifting their attention to 2020.

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The Consumer Price Index rates used for calculating rent increases under AB 1482 have been updated on the CAA website. AB 1482 took effect Jan. 1, 2020, and imposes rent increase limits of 5% plus CPI on most residential rental properties in the state.

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