On Wednesday, Sept. 30, members of the rental housing industry are invited to take part in the third annual California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness, Housing Outreach Partnership announced. The event is being hosted by the Income Property Association of Kern, which is a Bakersfield-area chapter of the California Apartment Association. Due to COVID-19, the event will be held via Zoom. Event registration is free and open on eventbrite.com at this link. The event brings landlords and property owners into conversation with homelessness service providers to learn how they can help end homelessness in California. Last year’s summit resulted in 94… Read More
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand, along with community groups across the Central Valley, have joined the opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters on Nov. 3 ballot. Fresno Mayor Lee Brand “Prop 21 is the same bad idea the voters rejected in 2018,” Brand said. “It would give unelected rent boards unlimited power to create housing fees that would cripple the industry. Not only would increased fees hurt renters whose pocketbooks have already been hit because of COVID-19, mom and pop landlords who can’t pay their mortgages due to the pandemic would never recover.” Other… Read More
The California Apartment Association has issued a letter outlining its opposition to a proposal that would nearly double an annual inspection fee for apartments in the city of Los Angeles. The Housing Department seeks permission from the City Council to raise the code enforcement fee from $43.32 to $81.59 per unit per year.
Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced his opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. Newsom also opposed Proposition 10, a nearly identical measure that went down in defeat in 2018. Gov. Gavin Newsom “In the past year, California has passed a historic version of statewide rent control – the nation’s strongest rent caps and renter protections in the nation – as well as short-term eviction relief,” the governor said in a press release. “But Proposition 21, like Proposition 10 before it, runs the all-too-real risk of discouraging availability of affordable housing in our… Read More
The nominating period for the 2021 CAA Board of Directors is underway. Applications are due by noon Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Here are links to the nominating documents: Board Responsibilities, CAA Code of Ethics, CAA Organizational Objectives Nominating Committee Memorandum: Call for Nominations Board of Directors Application Form
The Culver City Council on Sept. 21 is expected to review a draft of a draconian local rent control ordinance being considered for permanent adoption. If ultimately approved, the measure would become one of the worst rent control ordinances in California. The California Apartment Association opposes the upcoming ordinance, which includes onerous policies such as: Pegging allowable rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Establishing rent registry requirements annually and upon a new tenancy. Removing owner protections in the for-cause provisions provided under AB 1482, the statewide rent cap and just cause legislation that took effect Jan. 1. While the… Read More
The continued spread of wildfires in California has led to new declarations of emergency from Gov. Gavin Newsom. Each of the emergency proclamations trigger protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10%. Gov. Gavin Newsom The latest emergency declarations came Sunday. Counties named in the declaration include Fresno, Madera and Mariposa counties, due to the Creek Fire; San Bernardino County, due to the El Dorado Fire; and San Diego County, due to the Valley Fire. The fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents. Last month, Newsom declared a… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of Labor Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Sept 8.
The California Apartment Association has negotiated a less-burdensome alternative to Assemblyman David Chiu’s AB 1436. The new bill is AB 3088, dubbed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, and will be in print this afternoon. Over the past week, CAA engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the new legislation. The new proposal would allow landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill would offer eviction protections… Read More
The city of Fresno will waive inspection fees for landlords when apartment checkups resume next month following a nearly six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council voted 7-0 Thursday to restart residential interior inspections using virtual technology. Inspections have been suspended since March to prevent the spread of coronavirus to both renters and city staff.