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The California Apartment Association is reminding its members that it’s against California law to include “No Section 8” or similar verbiage in apartment advertisements.   As of Jan. 1, Senate Bill 329 prohibits landlords from rejecting a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher. The law also bans advertisements that say voucher-holders won’t be considered for tenancy.   The California Apartment Association has been educating the rental housing industry about SB 329 for months. Efforts have included publishing articles about the legislation at caanet.org and in its newsletter, creating an Industry Insight compliance paper on the new law, and explaining SB 329’s new anti-discrimination policies… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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The California Apartment Association is now accepting applications to serve on its 2020 committees and subcommittees. If you have an interest in applying for membership on a committee, you are invited to: 1. Read the committee and subcommittee 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. 7, 2020, so that committee assignments can be made in a timely manner. 2020 CAA committees and subcommittees descriptions 2020 CAA committees and subcommittees application Thank you in advance for your… Read More

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Question: When we have called attention to a violation of the lease or community rules, tenants frequently will say we are “picking” on them. How can we protect ourselves?

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The stakes are certainly high this year for California’s rental housing industry. In 2020, we can expect a radical rent control measure back on the statewide ballot, an emboldened tenants’ movement at the state and local level, and the prospects of another blue wave in the California Legislature. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explore these and several other important housing issues to watch in 2020.

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To help members comply with AB 1482 and other new laws taking effect this year, the California Apartment Association has created a set of new forms and has updated all existing forms and instruction sheets. In light of these updates, members should not use forms from previous years. For a list of forms that underwent substantial changes, see CAA’s Forms Change Chart for 2020. Many of the major revisions to CAA forms came in preparation for AB 1482, California’s new statewide rent cap and just-cause for eviction law. For example, CAA has completely revamped its rental agreements. These documents incorporate… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Does California’s upcoming statewide rent cap apply to triplexes and fourplexes? How about granny flats? Find the answers to these questions and dozens more in CAA’s newly updated  Industry Insight paper AB 1482: Questions and Answers. You’ll find it at CAA’s AB 1482 compliance page.

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Wildfire-related protections against rent gouging will remain in effect for at least the rest of 2020 for several California counties.   Gov. Gavin Newsom on Dec. 23 extended price-gouging protections until Dec. 31, 2020, for the following counties: Butte, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Sonoma and Ventura.  The governor’s order keeps in effect Penal Code Section 396, which makes it illegal to increase the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10% above pre-emergency levels.  Newsom’s office said the extended protections are intended to assist communities across the state recovering from devastating wildfires dating back to 2017. … Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, Dec. 26.

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