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The California Apartment Association and city of San Jose are asking local property owners to identify available units for residents displaced by recent flooding in Silicon Valley. “The California Apartment Association recognizes the urgent need for housing that the flood has placed on our already tight housing market,” said Anil Babbar, vice president at CAA. “It is because of this urgent need that we are placing a call to our membership to identify available rental units and provide that information to the city.” CAA representatives and San Jose city leaders made their appeal for help during a morning press conference.… Read More

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The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday decided against pursuing a rent control policy, opting instead to examine alternative approaches to the city’s housing shortage. Santa Barbara will now take a closer look at policies including enhanced mediation and rental inspections. The council also wants a task force to study a potential just-cause eviction ordinance, however, council members expressed reservations about the policy. The council gave its direction during a meeting packed with both rental housing owners and tenant activists. Van Spalding, who said he owns one rental property, cautioned against capping rents. “I think it will be harmful to… Read More

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A California Senate bill that would require inspections for apartment balconies should exempt structures that have already been officially verified as safe, the California Apartment Association has concluded. SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would require the inspection of decks, balconies, and elevated walkways, as specified, in buildings containing three or more multifamily units. “We agree with you that the ongoing maintenance and safety of balconies is extremely important,” CAA says in a letter to Hill. “The California Apartment Association requests amendments to the bill that take into consideration the local inspection ordinances already in place as well… Read More

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San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to exit the rental housing business should not have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant-relocation fees, an appellate court has ruled. In 2015, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases tenants evicted under the Ellis Act incur over a two-year period. That same year, a Superior Court judge ruled that the requirement was unreasonable, and the ordinance has yet to be enforced. On Tuesday, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld… Read More

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Question:  Our tenant, who has lived there for more than one year, is on a month-to-month term, and the house he is renting has been listed for sale. We understand that when a property is being sold, the 60-day notice of termination of tenancy is not required and that a 30-day notice is permitted once an escrow is opened. Is that correct? Answer: A 30-day notice may be given in these circumstances only: if it is a single-family residence, the buyer is going to move in and live there for at least one year, the notice is given within 120… Read More

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The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday will hear a report on several housing policy concepts, including rent control and just-cause eviction. The city attorney is scheduled to provide the report during the council’s 6 p.m. session. The council requested the report, accessible here, and is expected to provide further direction to staff after the presentation. In addition to rent control and just-cause eviction policies, the city attorney’s report touches on a number of other options, such as enhanced mediation, mandatory leases and multifamily rental-unit safety inspections. Asked to contribute to the report, the California Apartment Association reminded city officials… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

Richmond will hold a series of community workshops this month related to the city’s rent control ordinance, which voters approved as Measure L in the November election. While the California Apartment Association has pending litigation challenging the measure, property owners and managers must follow this ordinance as long as it remains in effect. In addition to providing information about the rent control ordinance, the city says it will provide resources for both renters and landlords, and computer lab assistance for accessing and completing related online forms. The workshops are scheduled as follows: Community education workshop Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6… Read More

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A bill proposed in the Assembly this year would help protect rental housing owners against baseless litigation filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under AB 913 by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a court may prohibit extremely high-frequency litigants from filing ADA lawsuits without first determining that the litigation has merit and is not intended to harass the defendant. Frivolous ADA lawsuits are common in California, with the rental housing industry routinely being targeted. It is estimated that more than 42 percent of all ADA lawsuits in the United States are filed in California. The bill defines “extremely high-frequency litigants”… Read More

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Question: I suspect there are at least five people living in a one-bedroom apartment in one of our units.  The lease only allows three persons, and they have not paid rent. I want to serve a three-day notice to pay rent or quit, but I do not know all of their names. What should I do? Answer: If you serve a three-day notice, address it to the occupants for which you have the names and also to “all others in possession.” If they pay the rent, however, you may have agreed to the additional people living there. If you do… Read More

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A bill working its way through the state Assembly would reform a century-old California law that requires an apartment manager or other key employee to live at rental properties with 16 units or more. Under current law, this employee can be a manager, janitor, housekeeper or other responsible person. The requirement traces back to the early 1900s, before the advent of 911 emergency services and cell phones. The bill, AB 1242 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, would allow a manager to live on site within a five-mile radius of the apartment community, although that distance could change as the bill… Read More

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