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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 for at least three more months. On Tuesday, 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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Los Angeles city residents may eventually vote on a proposed “vacancy tax,” but it won’t be this year. After a letter-writing campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association, the City Council on Wednesday decided unanimously to wait until at least 2022 to place such a tax on the ballot. The tax would apply to owners of property that sits unoccupied for a specified amount of time.

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The Consumer Price Index rates used for calculating rent increases under AB 1482 have been updated on the CAA website. AB 1482 took effect Jan. 1, 2020, and imposes rent increase limits of 5% plus CPI on most residential rental properties in the state.

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A pair of landlords have sued the California Judicial Council over its emergency rule halting nearly all evictions in the state. The council’s rule, made during an emergency meeting in April, was in response to the financial hardships that many tenants faced due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Over objections from CAA, the city of Los Angeles is rushing to place a “vacancy tax” measure on the November ballot that could create steep tax penalties for landlords with unoccupied units. The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously directed staff lawyers to draft the proposal, which is being modeled after ordinances in Oakland and Vancouver, Canada. On Tuesday, the council is expected to decide whether to place the measure on the ballot — a move that would cost the city at least $12 million.

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The Culver City Council on Thursday took further steps to implement a permanent and strict rent control program. Despite large opposition and calls for shared solutions, the council decided to proceed with negative price and eviction controls.

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The California Apartment Association has filed letters urging a state appellate court to accept two cases that directly challenge the Judicial Council’s rules prohibiting nearly all evictions.  Both cases involve tenants who did not pay rent well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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