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Working with the California Apartment Association, the Santa Rosa City Council has created a $100,000 fund to compensate landlords should they lose money through their participation in the Section 8 program. Since early September, CAA North Bay staff has worked with the city of Santa Rosa on the establishment of this risk-mitigation program.

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With the spread of “just cause” eviction requirements throughout the state, it has become increasingly important for landlords to develop and consistently apply appropriate screening criteria to potential tenants. Those screening criteria commonly include income requirements, rental history, and credit requirements, among other things. Landlords typically obtain much of that information through reports provided by third-party screening companies. However, a complex web of federal and state laws imposes detailed requirements on the collection and use of that information. One such state law is the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, which was first enacted in 1975 and has been… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2.

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The Rancho Cordova City Council adopted a temporary no-cause eviction ordinance intended to prevent owners from terminating tenancies before AB 1482 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The action was taken despite one council member remarking that the ordinance was “dumb legislation” and “could cause more harm than good.” Under the emergency ordinance, rental owners may not terminate a tenancy without cause through Dec. 31, 2019. Any notice issued after the ordinance was passed on Nov. 18 without one of of the permissible “at-fault” just causes is invalid. However, notices issued prior to the council meeting are not affected. The… Read More

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Cities across California this week continued to pursue urgency stopgap ordinances intended to prevent no-cause evictions before AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1.  Approving stopgap measures Tuesday were the following cities: Alhambra, Redondo Beach and Duarte in the Los Angeles area; and Menlo Park and San Carlos in the Bay Area; and Watsonville on the Central Coast. Long Beach ratified its measure Tuesday with a second reading.   As previously reported, more than a dozen other jurisdictions, from Los Angeles to Redwood City, have passed similar stopgap ordinances over the past few weeks.  

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.

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The Inglewood City Council this week adopted a long-term rent control policy that caps annual increases at 3%. The Housing Protection Initiative also creates a per-unit fee of up to $168, with 50% of the fee eligible for a pass-through.

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Several more California cities this week, including Long Beach and Pasadena, rushed to pass urgency ordinances aimed at preventing no-cause evictions until the state implements Assembly Bill 1482.   The stopgap ordinances target 60-day eviction notices already pending and set to terminate tenancies before Jan. 1, the day that AB 1482 takes effect and implements a statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction policies. Oct. 31 was the last day that California landlords could issue a 60-day notice.  

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An urgency ordinance preventing termination of tenancies without cause in Sacramento County failed to muster enough votes to pass. The ordinance was intended to stop rental owners from ending tenancies in order to avoid rolling back rents or being stuck with below market rents once a new state law, Assembly Bill 1482, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Similar ordinances were recently passed in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Los Angeles and Milpitas. The ordinance was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna after several residents of Bell Oaks Apartments, with the support of tenant-advocacy organizations, demanded that the Board of Supervisors… Read More

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The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will consider an emergency “just cause” ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 5.   To pass, an urgency ordinance requires approval from four of the five board members. The ordinance would immediately impose just-cause restrictions similar to those in AB 1482, the statewide rent control and just-cause eviction law taking effect Jan. 1.  

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