San Mateo County supervisors Tuesday adopted an ordinance aimed at tackling substandard housing in unincorporated areas of the county. The ordinance makes permanent a one-year pilot program adopted by the Board of Supervisors last spring. That program required landlords to pay relocation assistance to tenants forced to vacate substandard housing units. The California Apartment Association supported the measure, as it encourages the county and property owners to cooperate on making substandard properties habitable. Under the law, a landlord has 90 days to bring a substandard property up to code and safe for habitation. An owner who fails to do so… Read More
Over the objections of CAA and its members, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday imposed interim emergency rent control and just-cause eviction ordinances, effective immediately. Although most attendees objected during public testimony, the council voted to instate a temporary 2 percent cap on rent increases for all apartment buildings built before 1995, with exemptions for condos, townhouses and single-family homes. The council also approved a temporary just-cause ordinance that applies to all housing, including single-family homes and accessory-dwelling units. The only exemption to the just-cause ordinance is for those who own only one rental unit. Landlords with maintenance costs… Read More
On Feb. 6, the CAA Orange County Advisory Board of Directors was honored to present a live auction event held at Shea Apartment’s new Vantis property in Aliso Viejo. The event proved to be a huge success, raising money for the local Orange County PAC. Nearly 50 property managers and industry partners came out to show their support. “I want to give a big thank you to my board member Kevin Forsyth from Essex Property Trust. He did an amazing job as our auctioneer,” said Matthew Buck, vice president of public affairs for CAA Orange County. “The stand-in cardboard cutouts… Read More
Forty-five representatives of the multifamily housing industry testified Tuesday about their ongoing frustrations with Los Angeles’ new waste-hauling franchise system. Since the program, RecycLA, rolled out in July 2017, members of the California Apartment Association have seen a dramatic decline in service, including multiple missed pick-ups, while rates have soared by as much as 400 percent. On Tuesday, rental property owners, organized by CAA, shared their stories at an Energy and Environment Committee hearing at City Hall. “Everyone who testified reiterated that their frustration has nothing to do with the program’s environmental goals, but rather the cost of the program… Read More
The California Apartment Association is asking members in Los Angeles to speak out against excessive fees being imposed on rental housing operators under the city’s waste-hauling program. CAA members can voice their concerns during a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 6, at City Hall, Room 1010, 200 N. Spring St. The hearing begins at 1 p.m., and CAA recommends that attendees arrive early. During this hearing, L.A.’s Energy and Environment Committee will ask the Bureau of Sanitation to explain a myriad of service issues and dramatic price increases that are associated with the city’s Waste Haul Franchise Program. “If you have… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.
A California Senate bill that would require inspections for apartment balconies advanced from the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. The committee approved SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, after the author agreed to incorporate all amendments requested by CAA. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where the cost to the state will be considered. At the urging of CAA, Hill agreed to focus the bill on wooden balconies, include general contractors in the list of people who can do the inspections, and apply the inspection requirement to a certain percentage of balconies, as opposed to… Read More
The California Apartment Association and its allies today derailed AB 1506, a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and bring radical rent control back to California. This morning, following lead testimony from the California Apartment Association, FPI Management and the California Association of REALTORS, AB 1506 failed passage in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, all but closing the door on the bill for the balance of the legislative session. Over 400 rental property owners came to the microphone and indicated their opposition to the measure, outnumbering the tenant advocates, who totaled nearly 300. Following hours of… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 16.