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The Bay Area Council, which represents more than 300 of the largest employers in the Bay Area, has announced its opposition to Proposition 10, the ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. “We need comprehensive solutions to the housing crisis impacting our region and the entire state, but Proposition 10 would make our problems worse,” Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, said in a news release. “We need to build more units close to public transit options that will help connect workers with good jobs and ensure they can afford a safe, convenient… Read More

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Question: I have signed a lease for one year with a tenant, and now he wants to leave after four months. What is my recourse? Answer: The tenant is responsible for the rent up to the date the lease expires or the date that you re-lease the property, whichever occurs first. You must use due diligence in trying to re-lease the premises.

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As wildfires continue to rage across California , Gov. Jerry Brown this week extended price gouging bans — which include rent increases over 10 percent — in areas of both Southern and Northern California. In Southern California, Brown declared new states of emergency for Riverside and Orange counties in response to the Holy Fire, which sparked Monday and threatens thousands of homes and other structures. While Riverside County already was under a state of emergency, the new declaration has the effect of extending existing price-gouging restrictions through Sept. 8. Orange County also will be under the restrictions through that date.… Read More

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Taking a cue from the voters of Santa Rosa, the City Council this week backed away from a proposal to explore a rent control ordinance.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14, will convene a special workshop focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing. Council members at the session will examine possible funding sources that could bolster the city’s Housing Trust Fund, which now has just $2.5 million, or enough to subsidize about 15 units. Staff will also present ideas for how to speed the construction of more affordable housing by reducing parking requirements, expediting project reviews, waiving fees, and other steps.

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California lawmakers returned from their summer recess this week and are now in the home stretch of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Before they adjourn Aug. 31, however, the California Apartment Association is urging them to approve a number of bills that would help alleviate the state’s ongoing housing shortage.

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Tenant activists in Glendale this week turned in less than half of the signatures required to place a rent control measure before city voters, prompting the city clerk to reject the initiative. Rent control proponents on Monday submitted 3,988 signatures but needed 10,529 to trigger the signature-verification stage for the proposed ballot measure. “The CA Elections Code requires a specific number of minimum signatures for us to move ahead to the next steps of this process,” Ardy Kassakhian, the city clerk, said in a news release. “The initiators of this effort did not meet that threshold, and therefore this specific… Read More

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Question: How can we determine if the roaches in the apartment were the result of bad housekeeping? Is it our responsibility to get rid of the roaches? Answer: Ask your pest control professional to give his or her opinion on how the roaches came into the apartment unit. The court will rely heavily on expert testimony in these cases. If you can prove the tenant was responsible for the infestation, they are responsible for the cost of removal.

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After a petition to put rent control on the November ballot in Santa Rosa failed to qualify last week, several elected officials are ready to discuss passing their own ordinance at City Hall. The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 7, is scheduled to discuss the possible adoption of a city-drafted rent control ordinance. The California Apartment Association is calling on members to attend the meeting and voice their opposition. “Your voice is needed to tell the City Council to focus on real solutions to rebuild Santa Rosa and stop wasting time on policies that are proven to fail,”… Read More

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Starting in 2019, all rental property owners in the city of San Diego will be required to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. The mandate comes under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the San Diego City Council. The policy change requires landlords to consider for tenancy all people with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay rent using Section 8. While the California Apartment Association encourages voluntary acceptance of federal housing vouchers, it opposes legislation that mandates their acceptance.

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