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Members of the California Apartment Association on Tuesday urged the Santa Cruz City Council to steer clear of rent control in its efforts to address the city’s housing crisis. Rent control was among numerous policy options presented to the council in a staff report called “Santa Cruz Voices on Housing: Fall 2017 Community Engagement Report.” While the inclusion of rent control in the report raised concerns at CAA, other ideas in the report appear favorable, such as encouraging the development of granny units and placing a housing bond on an upcoming ballot. After hours of testimony, the council decided to… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

The Marin County Board of Supervisors has decided to pursue a mandatory mediation program to handle disputes over rent increases. Under the proposal, tenants could invoke mandatory mediation when landlords attempt to increase rents by more than 5 percent in a 12-month period. The county already has a voluntary mediation program. While participation in the new program would be mandatory, the mediation itself would be non-binding. Supervisors opted to pursue mandatory mediation as an alternative to just-cause eviction policies. A vote by supervisors Tuesday grants preliminary approval to the ordinance. A second vote to formalize adoption is expected Dec. 12.… Read More

Tagged: North Bay

Thanks in part to the California Apartment Association, the city of Los Angeles has vowed to improve its beleaguered waste-hauling program and has created a system for landlords and other customers to submit billing disputes. Since its unveiling this past summer, the recycleLA waste-hauling franchise program has generated a flood of complaints, ultimately prompting a hearing on Dec. 1 before the city’s Board of Public Works. The hearing spanned several hours and included testimony from CAA members about issues with recycleLA, such as missed pick-ups and skyrocketing rates. Based on testimony from CAA and its members, the Board of Public… Read More

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Rent increases limited to 10 percent while protections in effect With wildfires continuing to spread in Southern California, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared states of emergency in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties. The declarations on Thursday come just days after the fires prompted Brown to declare emergencies in the counties of Los Angeles and Ventura. The governor’s declarations once again trigger the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 prohibits raising the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10 percent after the emergency has been declared. The… Read More

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Question: Several of our tenants have complained to us about the neighboring property. The people who live there work on their cars in the driveway at all hours and have loud and wild parties almost each weekend until dawn. What are my legal responsibilities? Answer: You have a right to inform the owner of the neighboring property and request their assistance in resolving the problem. Recommend that your residents contact the police during the time of the disturbances. Question: What is the most useful information on the tenant’s application for collection purposes? Answer:  The most useful information for locating former… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has published seven new rental forms and has updated many of its existing forms and instruction sheets. CAA’s Compliance Committee made these changes based on new laws, member requests and questions submitted through CAA’s Landlord Helpline. A complete list of changes appears in the Forms Change Chart, which can be found here. Moreover, all new and revised forms are accessible through our rental forms page. Here is a list of the seven new forms: Form 11.2-SV: Three Day Perform or Quit- Monetary Breaches: This notice is served when a Resident has failed to pay amounts other… Read More

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The Santa Cruz City Council next week is poised to consider rent control as a possible way to address the city’s housing crisis. Rent control is included as a policy option in a staff report called “Santa Cruz Voices on Housing: Fall 2017 Community Engagement Report,” and on Tuesday, the council is scheduled to discuss the document. The report, which explores ways to both produce additional housing and protect existing housing, includes several policy options for the council. And while many ideas in the report are attractive, such as encouraging the further development of granny units and placing a local… Read More

Tagged: Tri-County

The California Apartment Association is once again encouraging members with available units in Napa or Sonoma counties to contact CAA and consider making special considerations for fire victims. Special considerations may include offering reduced move-in costs or discounted deposits for those who lost their homes. CAA members with available units are asked to send an email to CAA. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is also requesting that local property managers respond to a short survey on the number of victims of the October wildfires who found permanent housing through the private sector. Understanding how many people secured privately owned… Read More

Tagged: North Bay

After several meetings involving the California Apartment Association, a landlord-tenant task force in Santa Barbara has agreed to take eviction controls and mandatory apartment inspections off the negotiating table. Instead, the task force in November voted to recommend a number of less onerous measures. One of the policy proposals includes a relocation-assistance program that would apply in certain circumstances. The other proposal would require rental property owners to offer one-year leases to tenants. Owners not wanting to renew those leases would be required to take part in non-binding “conciliation meetings.” While not ideal, these policy proposals represent a successful compromise… Read More

Tagged: Los Angeles

Question: I have single-family homes that I have for lease. They have large, well-maintained gardens. How do I best insure that they are kept up? Answer: Your best bet is to hire a gardener yourself, build the cost into the rent and have the lease read that the gardener has permission to enter the property for gardening/landscaping/mowing etc. That way you have more control. Question: Can we use a recent Section 8 inspection report as a standard of habitability in an eviction case? Answer:  The court will allow any relevant evidence that tends to prove the condition of the premises… Read More

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