Although a rent control measure could be headed for the Nov. 6 ballot in Santa Rosa, a movement on the City Council is afoot to explore a rent control ordinance at City Hall as well. On Tuesday, the council was scheduled to discuss a potential rent control ordinance, spurring members of the California Apartment Association to attend the meeting to voice their opposition. The mayor ultimately pulled the item from the agenda, and it is unclear whether the council will revisit it. Talk of a possible rent control ordinance from the City Council comes as election officials count and verify… Read More
Have you received an incorrect waste-hauling bill? Have there been missed trash collections at your property or business? Chances are, if you live or work in the city of Los Angeles, you have experienced your own trash nightmare with the city’s waste-hauling franchise system, RecyclLA. To help fix a wide range of problems with RecyclLA, the California Apartment Association has joined a new coalition, FixRecycLA, and is calling on L.A. rental housing providers to share their experiences with the trash-collection program. In 2017, the city of Los Angeles launched the RecycLA program. The program divided the city into different zones… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, July 5.
The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to help stop a temporary rent control ordinance planned for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis are trying to cap rent increases at 3 percent. If the board greenlights their proposal Tuesday, July 31, county staff will return in 60 days with the rent moratorium ordinance for board consideration. If the 3 percent rent cap is ultimately adopted, it would apply for six months but could be extended by the board. County officials have not discussed this proposal with the rental housing industry… Read More
A delegation of CAA Sacramento Valley leaders met with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg last week to begin a dialogue on solutions to the city’s affordable housing shortage — and to reiterate that rent control isn’t one of them. Earlier in the week, the mayor had announced his opposition to a proposed initiative that would establish rent control, “just cause” tenancy-termination restrictions, an elected rent board, and a new annual fee on rental properties in the city. Hoping to discourage rent control proponents from proceeding with the initiative, dubbed the “Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment,” Steinberg intends to… Read More
If you own a business or property in the city of Los Angeles, or even if you just live or work in the city, you’ve probably seen increases in costs for trash collection, declining service from your provider — or both. This comes after the City of L.A. promised that the reform of its RecycLA program would not cause these problems. The city has not made good on its promise. That’s why the rental housing industry needs to help. Fixing the problem is necessary to keep rents stable and businesses solvent. The California Apartment Association is working with a new… Read More
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg has announced his opposition to a local ballot measure proposed by tenant advocates that would establish rent control, “just cause” eviction restrictions, an elected rent board, and a new annual fee on rental properties in the city of Sacramento. At the same time, the mayor said he will draft his own ordinance for City Council approval that the California Apartment Association fears will include the same elements as the ballot initiative with only minor modifications. The ordinance could be presented to the City Council as soon as Tuesday, June 19. “CAA applauds the mayor for publicly… Read More
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved guidelines for property owners to phase out the use of ratio-utility billing systems, also known as RUBS, to charge tenants for utilities. The council greenlighted the phase-out process one month after voting to ban the use of RUBS in the city’s rent controlled housing, defined as buildings constructed before 1979 with three units or more. Some property owners use RUBS to divide utility bills among tenants based on the number of renters in the building or square footage. Landlords with existing tenants who are paying a RUBS charge can petition for a… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.
The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been honored for its work with Families Forward to help end homelessness in the region. The accolades came April 28 at the 2018 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. CAA Orange County had been nominated for the award by Families Forward. Matt Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County, attended the ceremony. “It was an amazing experience to have CAA recognized at Orange County’s largest event celebrating businesses and individuals who partner with nonprofits,” Buck said. More than 1,000 attendees watched as CAA was announced as Families Forward’s partner, and the… Read More