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Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday once again closed indoor fitness centers — including those in apartment communities — in many parts of California. These closures apply to counties that have appeared on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days. A list of those counties can be found about halfway down this page. In impacted counties, fitness centers must be shut down unless they can be modified to operate outside. For more information about COVID-19 and its impacts on the rental housing business, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resources page or its page about reopening efforts.

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If you’re a Los Angeles landlord whose tenants can’t pay the rent because of COVID-19, you may want to refer them to the city. The L.A. City Council has approved a $100 million rent relief fund to help cover the rent of lower-income tenants who’ve been financially hurt by the virus. To qualify for a grant, a tenant must earn 80% of the area median income or less and be able to document an inability to pay the rent because of coronavirus. Only tenants can apply for the subsidies, not landlords. And renters must act quickly. The city will only… Read More

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Tom Bannon In CAA’s sixth podcast, Tom Bannon, CAA’s chief executive officer, discusses the many problems with Proposition 21 — including its impact on small-scale landlords — and ways the rental housing industry can help defeat the proposal in November’s election. Listen here

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The Concord City Council on Tuesday approved sweeping changes to its rental housing laws, including the rolling back of the city’s rent mediation program and new requirements surrounding fixed-term leases and relocation assistance. The changes are the culmination of a multi-year review of the city’s landlord-tenant policies. They also follow repeated efforts by Concord tenant advocacy groups to bring rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the city — efforts the California Apartment Association continues to thwart.

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Selling rental properties in California will take significantly longer if a bill introduced this month becomes law. Under AB 1703 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, tenants and certain community groups would have the right to make an offer to buy rental housing before any other prospective buyers.

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California’s Secretary of State’s Office has assigned a proposition number to the extreme rent control measure slated for the Nov. 3 statewide ballot: Proposition 21. The measure attacks California’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and would  welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s and make California’s housing crisis even worse. Anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein is bankrolling the campaign to pass the measure, using funds from the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of which he is president. Until now, Weinstein’s radical rent control measure has often been referred to as Proposition 10 2.0 for its… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, July 6.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic will remain in place at least into early fall. Last week, Newsom extended the order through Sept. 30. It had been set to expire July 28. 

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Thanks to the work of the California Apartment Association, a bill that emerged from the state Senate on Thursday no longer includes fines of up to $20,000 for violations of AB 1482, the state’s rent cap and eviction-control law. With the penalty provisions included, Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, was unable to garner the votes necessary to move the bill off the Senate floor. After she agreed to strip the steep fine provisions from the bill, SB 1190 won passage. It now heads to the Assembly. As the bill moves to the Assembly, its remaining key provision expands the ability of… Read More

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There’s no turning back now. Thursday was the deadline for Michael Weinstein to withdraw his radical rent control measure from California’s statewide ballot. Michael Weinstein is using dollars from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to bankroll an extreme rent control measure going before California voters this fall. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok He did not.

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