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In response to storms and flooding last month, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proclaimed a state of emergency that covers most of the Central Valley. Brown’s declaration activates the state’s anti-price gouging law, which bans rent increases exceeding 10 percent while a state of emergency is in effect. The declaration was issued for Amador, Fresno, Kern, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties. At this point, the declaration is set to expire after 30 days, however, the governor or local officials may extend the declaration. The ban on price gouging applies to rental housing and other consumer goods. Thursday’s declaration… Read More

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After an exhaustive search, the California Apartment Association has selected RentSpree as its new tenant-screening provider. RentSpree specializes in one area — residential screening — and offers a client-driven approach to its services. With RentSpree, CAA members won’t have to have personal background checks or physical inspections of their offices to run screening services. Members can start using the service in just 60 seconds and access the following from each applicant: Completed rental application Verification of tenant identity Credit report and score Eviction history Implementation of the new screening service will roll out over the next three months, with a… Read More

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A new CAA-supported program that teaches women property management skills and helps them find jobs and housing has graduated its inaugural class. The REstart training program was initiated by the Institute of Real Estate Management in partnership with Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit that helps women and their children regain a home through job training and other support services. It is modeled after a similar program offered in San Diego. The eight women graduating from the program completed 4 1/2 weeks of residential property management training and passed a comprehensive exam. The training included completion of the mandatory rental housing… Read More

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A state lawmaker this year is again trying to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units. The building of accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats or in-law units — is increasingly considered one of the more sensible ways to address California’s housing shortage. And while this housing type is cheaper and quicker to build than a single-family home, the excessive fees and regulatory hurdles associated with granny flats remains a serious deterrent to construction. Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who authored successful granny-flat legislation in 2016, has follow-up legislation this year that would… Read More

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It’s no secret that the rental housing industry is wearing a veritable bull’s eye at the state Capitol. Perhaps you’ve seen the recent news stories about efforts to repeal essential state protections under the Costa-Hawkins Act, the law that moderates the most harmful effects of rent control, or efforts to limit the ability of landlords to issue evictions. Certainly, Sacramento stands as the highest-profile battleground for the rental housing industry, but it’s worth noting that the local landscape can be equally hostlile. Tenant groups, here in Southern California and elswhere in the state — also are pursuing counterproductive and bad… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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