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In 2017, solving California’s housing crisis remained a top goal of the state Legislature. The result? More than 130 housing-related bills in the first half of the year. The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Steering Committee examined each of these proposals —  and CAA’s public affairs staff helped advance the best of them. Here are some notable examples of 2017 bills intended to solve California’s housing crisis and the status of each: Making sure communities build their fair share of housing AB 678 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, would financially penalize local governments that deny housing permits in violation of… Read More

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Question: I rent a garage to two young men under a six-month lease, and I suspect that they are living there. I specifically told them they could use the garage for storage of their personal property only. What can I do? Answer: In California, an owner of rental property can limit the tenant’s use of the property for specific purposes. If the tenant uses the rental for something else, he could be evicted. If you could prove that the tenants were residing in the garage, you could serve them a three-day notice to perform or quit, followed by an eviction… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has secured a voice on the Committee to House the Bay Area, a task force launching a 16-month campaign to help solve the region’s housing crisis. Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California, joins 45 other regional leaders to make up CASA. CASA has an array of representatives from the private, public and nonprofit sectors, with elected officials including the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. During its 16-month campaign, CASA will produce a housing-implementation plan for the Bay Area’s nine counties. Related content: High-profile CASA initiative tackles region’s housing crisis head-on… Read More

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Although they’re just beginning their summer recess, California lawmakers already have a clear priority for when they return to the Capitol on Aug. 21 — finishing work on hundreds of housing-related bills. Those bills include a trio of housing-production proposals sponsored by the California Apartment Association, which are included within the affordable housing bills being urged by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers. “The package of legislation we are all working on will help ensure Californians won’t have to pay an arm and a leg to have a roof over their head,” Brown said in a joint statement with Senate President… Read More

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Tenant advocates are trying to force Mountain View landlords to refund considerable amounts of rent money collected for the period during which a court-ordered postponement of the city’s rent control law was in effect. The tenants coalition in Mountain View is pushing the city’s Rental Housing Committee to publicize Dec. 23 as the effective date of Measure V, the rent control law approved by voters in the November 2016 election. The California Apartment Association contends that April 5 is the true effective date, as reflected in a court order. Tenants are expected to make their case for the earlier effective… Read More

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With the help of the California Apartment Association, landscapers in Palm Springs can continue to use electric and battery-powered leaf blowers in the city — good news for rental property owners wanting to keep their communities looking sharp. The City Council on Wednesday considered banning all types of leaf blowers but decided on a 3-2 vote only to prohibit gas-powered models, phasing them out by 2019. CAA opposed prohibiting any type of leaf blower in the city. “Such a ban would add significant costs towards maintaining rental housing,” Ben Benoit, vice president of CAA in the Inland Empire, wrote in… Read More

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ONTARIO — More than 130 rental housing professionals and local elected officials gathered Tuesday for the California Apartment Association’s annual economic forecast for the Greater Inland Empire. This year’s event, held at the DoubleTree, featured economist Jay Prag of Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, and Michael Cobb, market analyst with CoStar Group. Presenting at his third consecutive CAA economic forecast, Prag offered a thought-provoking lecture on an array of local, state, and national macro-economic issues, explaining how these factors might affect the multifamily housing industry in the coming years. Prag discussed the unintended consequences of a growing minimum… Read More

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Question: I am an owner of a duplex, and I suspect my next door neighbor is dealing drugs. I have a six-month agreement with him that is not up for several more months. What can I do? Answer: First, call the police and inform them what you know about the illegal activity. Work with the police to gain enough evidence that will allow you to proceed with an unlawful detainer (eviction). If you can prove the illegal activity, the law allows the owner to serve a three-day notice to vacate. Failure to comply with the notice will give rise to… Read More

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A Berkeley radio talk show Tuesday morning highlighted a CAA-sponsored bill that would make it more difficult to pass certain no-growth measures at the ballot box. The talk show, KPFA’s UpFront, featured the bill’s author, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles. AB 943, sponsored by the California Apartment Association, would raise the voter threshold for approving local, citizen-driven no-growth ballot measures in large cities and counties. It is among a trio of bills sponsored by CAA this year to increase the development of housing and help alleviate California’s housing shortage. “When you take a look at the issue of housing, it… Read More

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Concord has tapped Hayward-based ECHO Housing to handle mediation services for the city’s new Residential Rent Review Program. The program, which took effect last month, gives tenants the right to nonbinding mediation when they receive rent increases of more than 10 percent during a 12-month period. When informing tenants of any rent increase, no matter the amount, landlords must notify tenants about this program in both English and Spanish, using notices provided by the city and linked below: Notice of Availability of Rent Review (English) Notice of Availability of Rent Review (Spanish) To cover the costs of the program, Concord… Read More

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