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At the CAA October board meeting, President Joe Lawton, CPM, announced the results of the 2018 California Apartment Association Board of Directors’ election. Lawton welcomed newly elected and returning directors to the board during the annual membership meeting Thursday, Oct. 19. Voting for the 2018 CAA Board of Directors closed on Oct. 10, 2017. In accordance with the CAA Bylaws, directors serve a term of three years; newly elected directors will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2018. 2018 Newly Elected Members of the CAA Board of Directors representing specific membership categories: Independent Rental Owner Classification: Marj Mancuso, TOMAR Properties… Read More

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Beginning next year, property management firms and other California employers will want to take a close look at the questions they ask of prospective hires. Under a pair of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, some types of questions will be off-limits during certain portions of the hiring process. With AB 1008 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, it will be illegal for an employer with five or more employees to include on an employment application any question seeking disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history. The bill also will bar employers from asking an applicant about any convictions until the employer… Read More

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In the wake of the North Bay wildfires, the president and governor have issued a state of emergency in California, triggering protections under the state’s anti-price-gouging law. These protections prohibit raising the price of many consumer goods and services — including that of rental housing — by more than 10 percent after an emergency has been declared. Protections under California’s anti-price-gouging law are not restricted to the city or county where the disaster occurred. The aim is to prevent price gouging anywhere in the state with an increased consumer demand resulting from the declared emergency. Disaster declarations by state or… Read More

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After hearing from dozens of rental housing owners, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to bring rent control to the city. Under an ordinance proposed by three members of the City Council, Palo Alto would institute a cap on rent increases and just-cause eviction policies, while exploring other tools for renters. If passed, the ordinance would have been studied by the council over several meetings. The California Apartment Association, opposed to any form of rent control, mobilized over 100 property owners and managers to attend the meeting and speak out in opposition to this proposal. Property… Read More

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The Glendale City Clerk’s Office has rejected a bid to place rent control before the city’s voters, calling the submitted petition “deficient and invalid” due to a number of problems. For example, the text of the rent control measure is not included anywhere in the petition, the clerk said. Moreover, in some areas, sections of pages were glued atop other pages, and in some areas, sections were “whited out” and then filled in again. “These acts raise questions about the voter’s intent and the contents of the petition presented to each person who agreed to sign,” the clerk said in… Read More

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Question: In a co-signer situation, what forms do you recommend that the co-signer sign along with the tenant? Answer: They should sign a separate guarantee agreement that has been reviewed by competent counsel. Question: As resident managers, we are dealing with several tenants in violation of pet rules. In retaliation, they have made false accusations of us entering their apartments without notice. They are now disturbing other tenants with this untruth and questioning our integrity. How can we protect or defend ourselves? Answer:  You can serve a three-day-notice to perform conditions and/or covenants or quit to permanently remove the unauthorized… Read More

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On behalf of all of us at the California Apartment Association, our thoughts are with our members and their families, employees, neighbors, and residents who have lost their homes to the devastating fire in the North Bay Area. Recognizing the losses of many residents and the state of emergency that Sonoma and Napa County residents are facing, CAA is calling upon our members to show compassion for those who have lost their homes and, at a minimum, keep rents at current levels. CAA recognizes the demand for rental housing will escalate over the coming weeks as displaced families look for… Read More

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The city of Palo Alto on Monday, Oct. 16, will consider studying the possible adoption of a rent control ordinance. Council members Lydia Kou, Karen Holman and Tom DuBois issued a proposal to study whether Palo Alto should: Cap the annual rent increase by a certain percentage Institute a just-cause eviction ordinance Study other open-ended renter protections Palo Alto’s high housing costs can be traced to the city’s inability to meet the demand for housing. In the past three years, only 44 apartment units have been built. Instead of rent control, Palo Alto should focus on real solutions to its… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is leading an effort to identify available housing for residents left homeless by the devastating fires in Sonoma and Napa counties. Some of the displaced families are looking for short-term (up to six months) housing, just long enough for their fire-damaged housing to be rehabilitated. Others are looking for long-term, permanent housing. As the need is great and varied, CAA is calling on the rental housing industry to help identify available units. CAA aims to provide the city of Santa Rosa, as well as Sonoma and Napa counties, with a comprehensive list of vacant units so… Read More

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An economics professor has concluded that a proposed rent control program in Pacifica could cost the city $2 million each year to implement. Tom Means, a professor of economics at San Jose State University, shared this conclusion in an analysis of Measure C, the rent control proposal appearing on November’s ballot in Pacifica. Means, who serves on Mountain View’s newly formed Rental Housing Committee, prepared his report for the Coalition for Housing Equality. “A more realistic budget for Measure C would fall between $1.5 million to $2 million,”  Means said in this news release. “If the budget was $2 million,… Read More

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