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A bill introduced last week would once again extend a California pilot program that helps rid apartment communities of tenants in who are in the illegal possession of guns, ammo or drugs. The pilot program, which applies only to certain jurisdictions, allows prosecutors and city attorneys to initiate the eviction process, at a landlord’s request, to stop nuisances involving unlawful weapons, ammunition or drugs. The program allows those evictions to be based on law enforcement paperwork, such as an arrest report, and affects the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Sacramento and Oakland. AB 2930 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los… Read More

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Lawmakers last week introduced a plethora of rental housing-related bills, including legislation that would double the renters’ tax credit, mandate training for landlords, and help remove gun-owning tenants from apartment buildings. These are just some of the landlord-tenant related proposals introduced before the Feb 16 legislative filing deadline. The tax credit bill, SB 1182 by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would increase the credit to $120 for renters filing their taxes as individuals and $240 for joint filers. It would be the first increase in the credit since 1979. “This increase is long overdue,” Glazer said in a statement. “The… Read More

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Tenant advocates have filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control measure before voters in the city of Sacramento. The initiative would amend the city charter to impose inflation-based rent control and “just cause” eviction policies in the capital city. Under the measure, the rent charged as of Feb. 20, 2018, would serve as the base rent. Maximum annual increases would then be tied to the consumer price index. The measure would also create an nine-member rent control board, require landlords to pay an annual rental housing fee, and establish relocation assistance for displaced tenants. “We are now analyzing the… Read More

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Question: I have an applicant for an apartment who informed me that she had bad credit because of her ex-husband’s irresponsibility. Her current employer has offered to cosign. Is this a good idea to accept him as a cosigner, and how would this be done? Answer: You should first determine whether or not you are going to have a policy of accepting applicants with bad credit on the condition they have a cosigner, in order to stay within fair housing laws.  You should then decide what criteria the cosigner must meet, such as credit history, income, residency in the local… Read More

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San Mateo County supervisors Tuesday adopted an ordinance aimed at tackling substandard housing in unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance makes permanent a one-year pilot program adopted by the Board of Supervisors last spring. That program required landlords to pay relocation assistance to tenants forced to vacate substandard housing units. The California Apartment Association supported the measure, as it encourages the county and property owners to cooperate on making substandard properties habitable. Under the law, a landlord has 90 days to bring a substandard property up to code and safe for habitation. An owner who fails to do so… Read More

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Over the objections of CAA and its members, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday imposed interim emergency rent control and just-cause eviction ordinances, effective immediately. Although most attendees objected during public testimony, the council voted to instate a temporary 2 percent cap on rent increases for all apartment buildings built before 1995, with exemptions for condos, townhouses and single-family homes. The council also approved a temporary just-cause ordinance that applies to all housing, including single-family homes and accessory-dwelling units. The only exemption to the just-cause ordinance is for those who own only one rental unit. Landlords with maintenance costs… Read More

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Lawmakers have proposed a trio of bills that would hamper the ability of landlords to evict tenants. The most sweeping of the three bills would impose “just cause” eviction policies statewide, another would expand the notice requirements for removing tenants under the Ellis Act, and the third would delay the eviction process for tenants who are delinquent on rent. The “just cause” bill comes from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and is expected to be introduced today. Under the legislation, rental property owners could only proceed with an eviction after providing the tenant with a written notice outlining the reason for… Read More

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A 3-mile stretch of biking trails along the Santa Ana Riverbed near Angel Stadium has long been an encampment site for Anaheim’s homeless population. Over the past three years, however, the site’s population has increased exponentially. Estimates now put the homeless population along the riverbed path at between 500 and 1,000. On Jan. 22, the county began clearing out the camp. The idea was to prevent a health crisis like the Hepatitis C outbreak caused by unsanitary conditions at a homeless camp last year in San Diego. The effort to break up the Anaheim camp, though, was halted by a… Read More

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On Feb. 6, the CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors was honored to present a live auction event held at Shea Apartment’s new Vantis property in Aliso Viejo. The event proved to be a huge success, raising money for the local Orange County PAC. Nearly 50 property managers and industry partners came out to show their support. “I want to give a big thank you to my board member Kevin Forsyth from Essex Property Trust. He did an amazing job as our auctioneer,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County. “The stand-in cardboard cutouts… Read More

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Question: If I suspect drug activity in an apartment, can I evict the residents? Answer: Yes, but unless you are on a month-to-month agreement, you must have evidence of the drug-related activity. Otherwise, you may serve a 60- or 30-day notice to quit based upon your reasonable suspicion. Question: I am planning to rent to three adult roommates. I know they all have to fill out separate applications. But, how do I handle the security deposit? Do I ask each tenant for one-third? Answer: You should charge one deposit and not account for it until all tenants vacate. Make this… Read More

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