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For the third straight year, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks has proposed legislation that would force rental housing providers to register their properties with the government. Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks

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Legislation introduced last week aims to tax property owners for the “privilege” of providing rental homes and create a searchable database of certain rental properties.

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At-risk youth in Orange County can resume in-person programming, thanks to a donation of personal protective equipment by the California Apartment Association and Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Steve Faessel. Victor Cao of CAA delivers personal protective equipment to Higher Ground Youth and Family Services. Photos by John Nguyen The equipment consists of transparent shields, or “sneeze guards,” that fit on students’ desks to make in-person learning safer during the pandemic. The dividers will benefit Higher Ground Youth and Family Services, which offers educational assistance, STEM, music, art and tutoring to at-risk youth. Victor Cao, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs,… Read More

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Follow-up legislation signed by Gov. Newsom today clarifies what legislators and the governor promised: Landlords will be paid a full 80% of the rent owed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Previously signed legislation, SB 91, was not clear on this point, providing that landlords would be paid “up to” 80%.  At the request of the California Apartment Association, legislators created AB 81 to clarify the law. “Many of our members have gone nearly a year without being paid for the housing they provide,” said Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs. “The clarification provided by AB 81 gives added comfort… Read More

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The city and the county of Sacramento are now offering emergency rental assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19. Last week, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $31.7 million in federal and state funds to help low-income renters catch up on past-due rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Sacramento County received and is set to approve the allocation of an additional $64 million dollars of federal and state funds during their meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24. This allocation follows the passage of SB 91, which extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) for… Read More

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Los Angeles County this month will begin holding a series of stakeholder meetings where rental property owners can discuss the impacts of the county’s eviction moratorium on their rental business. The moratorium applies to most cities in the county, although it excludes the city of Los Angeles. The first meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, and will include updates on the following: County’s eviction moratorium COVID renter protections Small business COVID relief Pending mortgage relief Rent relief program Officials also want to hear from rental housing providers. “Although there are several items they will be discussing,… Read More

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As you consider prospective renters in 2021, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process.

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.

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The California Apartment Association is now accepting applications to serve on its 2021 committees. If you have an interest in applying for membership on a committee, you are invited to: 1. Read the committee descriptions to determine what involvement would best align with your area or areas of expertise. 2. Then, complete the committee application and submit it by close of business on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, so that committee assignments can be made in a timely manner. 2021 CAA committee descriptions 2021 CAA committee application Thank you in advance for your interest and commitment to the California Apartment Association.… Read More

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After hearing from members of the California Apartment Association, the Downey City Council this week unanimously rejected a local rent control proposal. Earlier this week, local rental housing providers, spearheaded by CAA, emailed City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb and urged them to reject local rent control.

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