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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.

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  Members of the California Apartment Association from throughout the state converged on Sacramento on Wednesday to learn about this year’s rental housing-related legislation and engage in a series of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers. CAA’s Legislative Conference began at the Sacramento Convention Center, where the association’s public affairs team reviewed key bills  for 2017, including CAA’s own solutions to help solve California’s ongoing housing crisis. By increasing the state’s housing stock, CAA’s housing-production bills would help workers and their families live closer to jobs and schools. With more housing on the market, economic forces would help moderate rent prices and… Read More

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Joseph A. Lawton Jr., president of the California Apartment Association’s statewide board of directors, took the oath of office Thursday during the association’s February board meeting. The Feb. 16 meeting in Sacramento was Lawton’s first as board president. Lawton, vice president of Castle Management Co., officially began his one-year term as CAA president Jan. 1. CAA also welcomed its other officers for 2017, including President-elect Dana David, E & S Ring Management Corp.; Vice President Barry Altshuler, Equity Residential; Secretary/Treasurer Adam Goldfarb, Manco Abbott Inc.; and Immediate Past President Thomas Scott, Cambridge Management Co.

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CAA remains committed to overturning Measure L The California Apartment Association remains undeterred this week after a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge denied its motion for a preliminary injunction to halt enforcement of rent control in Richmond. Richmond’s rent control law appeared on the November ballot as Measure L and won approval despite a strong opposition campaign spearheaded by CAA. “We are disappointed with this week’s ruling but remain committed to overturning Measure L, which has a number of legal flaws, including violations of the U.S. and California constitutions,” said Joshua Howard, CAA’s senior vice president for Northern California.… Read More

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The city of Healdsburg continues to move forward this year with CAA-supported policy solutions to address the community’s affordable housing needs. In December, the Healdsburg City Council approved its new Rental Unit Rehabilitation Loan Program. This program was the result of collaboration between the city and local housing providers, aimed at retaining and improving rental housing opportunities. Through this program, rental owners will receive incentives for both moderating rent increases and improving their properties. When an owner agrees to limit rent increases at 3 percent annually for four years, that owner qualifies for matching funds to make improvements to his… Read More

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Question: Is there a law on the length of time a resident must reside in an apartment before being charged for paint or carpet upon moving out? Answer: No, the tenant can always be charged for painting or carpet cleaning and/or replacement that is beyond ordinary wear and tear. Question: I allowed a tenant to move in and pay the security deposit in several payments. They are not able to make the final payment. What can I do? Answer: You can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions or covenants or quit. If the tenant fails to pay the deposit… Read More

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Beginning next year, rental property owners in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County will be required to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. The requirement comes under an ordinance passed by the county Board of Supervisors requiring that all people with the ability to pay for a given housing unit be considered for that unit, including those who would pay rent using Section 8 housing vouchers. The California Apartment Association argued that a mandated approach was the wrong one and that it is Section 8’s structural problems that dissuade many property owners from participating. The voucher program, for example, requires that… Read More

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Renters should not have to worry about their landlords turning them over to immigration officials. That’s a key thrust behind Assembly Bill 291. The bill was introduced last week by Assemblymembers David Chiu, Rob Bonta  and Lorena Gonzlalez Flether, as well as several co-authors. The legislation intends to prevent rental property owners from threatening to report tenants to immigration officials. Unfortunately, there have been reports of unscrupulous owners using such threats to keep tenants quiet about problems on their properties. It appears that AB 291 would overlap significantly with existing California laws that protect tenants from discrimination based on immigration… Read More

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If you own or manage property in Menlo Park, make sure you’re following the city’s new “right to a lease” law. The California Apartment Association has created a Q&A to help you stay in compliance.

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Question: A new tenant signed a six-month lease. Now, he claims he feels unsafe because of an incident at the property and wants to terminate the lease. The tenant claims he has a 72-hour period to rescind the lease after it is executed. Is this true? Answer: There is no 72-hour right of rescission for residential leases. Question: I served a three-day notice on my tenants, and they paid $300 of the $1,050 that was due. Do I have to serve another three-day notice to start the eviction? Should I have accepted payment? Answer: You did not have to accept… Read More

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