FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director(916) 449-6426, firstname.lastname@example.org The California Apartment Association today urged the California Judicial Council to revisit its decision to suspend virtually all evictions in the state, saying the council’s move creates an unlevel playing field that will protect banks and tenants but leave rental property owners vulnerable well after the COVID-19 crisis ends. The council’s decision, made Monday during an emergency meeting, allows tenants, including those with the ability to pay, to withhold rent without fear of eviction but leaves landlords struggling to pay their mortgages without protection from foreclosure. CAA sent council members this… Read More
The California Apartment Association today urged the California Judicial Council to revisit its decision to suspend virtually all evictions in the state, saying the council’s move creates an unlevel playing field that will protect banks and tenants but leave rental property owners vulnerable well after the COVID-19 crisis ends. The council’s decision, made Monday during an emergency meeting, allows tenants, including those with the ability to pay, to withhold rent without fear of eviction but leaves landlords struggling to pay their mortgages without protection from foreclosure. CAA sent council members this letter, which includes recommendations to revise the eviction rule… Read More
The San Jose City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal to suspend rent collections during the COVID-19 crisis. The city attorney agreed with the California Apartment Association’s contention that the proposal violated the U. S. Constitution and was otherwise unlawful. Moreover, the city attorney conceded that a city-mandated rent suspension was a taking that subjected the city to costly lawsuits. As a result, the City Council declined to move forward with the proposal. This success would not have been possible without rental housing providers responding to CAA’s action alert Since Monday, the City Council received over 1,100 letters opposing… Read More
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Apartment Association is hearing from members that some residents have not paid their April rent. The association has created an informal poll to gauge the scope of the problem. The survey includes four multiple-choice questions and takes less than one minute to complete. The answers will remain anonymous.
Effective immediately and in time for rents due April 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom today banned the eviction of renters unable to pay the rent because of COVID-19. The statewide executive order runs through May 31 and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. “Although CAA is still reviewing the details of the new executive order, the association continues to appreciate Gov. Newsom for his continued leadership during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs. The order requires tenants to declare in… Read More
As renters struggle to make timely payments to landlords during the COVID-19 crisis, rental property owners will find it difficult if not impossible to cover their property taxes on time. That’s why the California Apartment Association has joined more than 50 other organizations in asking Gov. Newsom to partially suspend Revenue and Taxation Code sections 2618 and 4103. Such a move would give taxpayers, including owners of rental housing, until July 15 to pay the second installment of their property taxes, which is now due April 10. Newsom has already granted such an extension for income tax filing and payment.… Read More
It’s April 1, and the rent is due. With COVID-19 prompting layoffs and job cuts across California, though, many tenants won’t be able to pay it. In these cases, the California Apartment Association urges landlords to respond with patience and compassion. Owners who haven’t already done so are encouraged to provide their tenants with the association’s sample letter on rent payments, which offers guidance to tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. CAA also offers a form that can be used to create a back-rent payment plan for when the crisis subsides. Of course, CAA’s sample letter urges tenants to pay their rent on time if they’re able to do so. … Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the city of Los Angeles to prohibit all rent increases in rent controlled units, approve a far-reaching eviction moratorium, and grant tenants one year to cover unpaid rent. These actions go well beyond a statewide eviction moratorium ordered last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mayor Eric Garcetti’ ordered his prohibition on rent increases Monday night, affecting roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. Prior to his order, the annual cap on rent increases for these units sat at 4%, a figure based on the rate of inflation. The California Apartment Association agrees that landlords should not be… Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to try to help. This includes the preparation of a sample letter to residents, in both English and Spanish, concerning rental payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
California Apartment Association’s Safe at Home Guidelines The COVID-19 pandemic has brought frightening and uncertain times, leaving many Californians with health challenges and economic difficulties. The California Apartment Association urges rental housing providers to act with compassion and work with residents who face COVID-19 related hardships. The last thing Californians need when they are struggling to maintain stability is to lose the safe place they call home. In this time of crisis, CAA members offer stability as they provide safe homes to millions of Californians sheltering in place. To ensure this stability, CAA calls upon every California rental housing provider… Read More