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Under newly introduced legislation, rental housing owners in California would have to provide a disclosure in five different languages if they suspect a lease guarantor is not proficient in English. SB 633 by Sen. Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, would require that non-English-speaking guarantors receive the notice in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean (the top five foreign languages spoken in California). The disclosure covers the lease guarantor’s financial responsibilities.

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The Los Angeles Housing Committee last week advanced a proposal to raise the annual apartment inspection fee by nearly 60%. The committee also is changing the pass-through formula for the fee from 100% to 50% on rent-controlled properties.

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The California Apartment Association and its members have derailed some of the worst rental housing proposals of the year, including the “Stay in Business Forever Act,” the “Public Landlord-Tenant Registry” and a tax for the “privilege” of providing rental homes. With these victories, California’s Ellis Act will remain intact, preserving a rental property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business in a timely fashion. Rental property owners will be spared having to register their properties with the state and share private information on a public, online database. And rental owners will not be charged an excise tax for the… Read More

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CAA this week applauded a newly released Senate budget proposal for including rental assistance and addressing California’s ongoing homelessness crisis and housing shortage. Housing-related highlights from the Senate’s “Build Back Boldly” plan include the following: Bringing tax fairness and relief for renters by reforming and expanding the renters tax credit. Providing “first and last month” rental assistance to remove a key barrier for those experiencing homelessness to move back into permanent housing. Establishing a financing tool for accessory dwelling unit construction to produce more affordable units Providing incentives to convert vacant or underused commercial and retail space into affordable housing.… Read More

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Long Beach on Tuesday launched its $30 million COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program. The program is part of the Long Beach Recovery Act and will help both renters and small property owners struggling to pay their mortgages. “We know the pandemic has caused massive hardships for local residents who are struggling to pay the bills,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in this news release. “We are hopeful this new program will help thousands across the city.” To be eligible, tenants must rent in Long Beach and meet the following criteria: The household has a household income at or below 80% of… Read More

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A bill introduced this year would create yet another source of funding for unethical attorneys to drag out legitimate eviction cases and rack up legal bills for good rental housing providers. The statewide-eviction defense program would come from AB 1487 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Van Nuys.

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In its continued effort to address the state’s housing shortage, the California Apartment Association has sponsored legislation to help streamline the conversion of mixed-use commercial space into accessory dwelling units. SB 778 by Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, clarifies that owners of mixed-use or multifamily buildings may turn commercial spaces into these extra units, also known as in-law units or granny flats, a valuable form of housing at below-market prices within existing  neighborhoods. Sen. Josh Becker The clarification centers on AB 68, a 2019 law that requires local governments to ministerially approve the conversion of non-living spaces in mixed-use and… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today welcomed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to fully reopen the state’s economy in a little more than two months. Newsom announced the reopening plan for California this week, saying a full reopening will occur on June 15, so long as the state has a sufficient vaccine supply for those 16 and older, and hospitalization rates are stable and low. Gov. Gavin Newsom The governor’s announcement came as California reached a milestone in its battle against COVID-19, having administered 20 million doses, including 4 million in the state’s hardest-hit communities. Even after the planned reopening, Californians will… Read More

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Despite fierce opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to impose a rent control law that would limit most rent increases and evictions across the county. The ordinance, approved on a 3-2 preliminary vote, would apply to all cities and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and would remain in effect until 60 days after Gov. Newsom lifts the stay-at-home order tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Design of CAA’s new website is wrapping up. Barring any unforeseen delays, CAA will unveil its revamped site on the evening of Thursday, April 22. Website visitors can expect improved navigation and search tools, faster load times and a more modern look. Stay tuned for updates

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