As you consider prospective renters in 2019, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process.
A settlement agreement surrounding RecycLA, Los Angeles’ beleaguered waste-hauling franchise system, would fail to bring much-needed relief to multifamily housing owners in Los Angeles, says Beverly Kenworthy, vice president of public affairs fore CAA Los Angeles. The settlement agreement is between the Bureau of Sanitation and the six exclusive franchise haulers, ending a 15-month dispute, the L.A. Times reported. Since the program was rolled out in 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.
The Glendale City Council approved a tenant-relocation assistance program this week that includes a revised fee schedule based on amendments from the California Apartment Association. Thanks to CAA’s advocacy work, the Glendale council incorporated a tenant’s income into its schedule for calculating relocation fees. Previously, the fee schedule was based solely on a renter’s length of tenancy. Under the revised ordinance, which was approved on a 3-0 vote Tuesday, relocation fees may apply to tenants in pre-1995 buildings if they choose to leave after receiving a rent increase over 7 percent. The formula for the fees is as follows: For… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.
Although CAA has secured several positive changes to a rental housing ordinance under consideration in Glendale, a worrisome relocation-fee component remains in the proposal. The City Council introduced the ordinance Tuesday night and is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 12 meeting. Although characterized as a “right to a lease” ordinance, the measure included a number of other elements that concerned the California Apartment Association. The council has agreed to remove: A rent registry. A mandatory mediation program. An increase to current no-cause eviction relocation fees. Still in the ordinance, however, are relocation fees… Read More
Taking a page from Marin County, the San Rafael City Council this week agreed to continue studying “just cause” eviction and mandatory mediation policies. City staff highlighted both ideas in a report on “renter protections” delivered to the council Monday. At the meeting, the California Apartment Association reiterated its opposition to just cause, which forces landlords to prove that at least one of several specified conditions exist before evictions can proceed. Such policies drag out the eviction process and make it more difficult and costly to terminate tenancies.
The California Apartment Association has helped stave off a number of negative rental housing policy proposals for two cities on the San Francisco Peninsula. In January, members of the South San Francisco City Council publicly denounced rent control, and Half Moon Bay’s council deferred action on a relocation-assistance proposal and other worrisome policies. On Jan. 9, the South San Francisco City council held a workshop on “tenant protections” and strategies to address displacement resulting from rising rents, renovations and substandard housing.
After hearing from CAA, the El Cerrito City Council this month postponed a scheduled vote on several rental housing-related proposals, including “just cause” eviction policies. In addition to just cause, the council’s agenda on Jan. 15 included an onerous change to the city’s relocation assistance policy, minimum-lease requirements and termination-of-tenancy requirements. The decision to postpone voting on these policies came after the council received staff presentations and heard the testimony of concerned stakeholders, including the California Apartment Association.
As the partial U.S. government shutdown lingers, the impact on both renters and landlords continues to grow. At this point, eight-hundred-thousand federal employees have gone several weeks without a paycheck, and many will have an increasingly difficult time paying rent. “Like Americans in the private sector, many federal employees rely on each and every paycheck to cover critical expenses, including housing,” Zillow senior economist Aaron Terrazas says in this news release. While pay for federal employees is already frozen, dollars for Section 8 housing choice vouchers could dry up by March should the stalemate continue. Under these scenarios — and… Read More
It’s against federal law to hold a Section 8 voucher-holder accountable for a local housing authority’s failure to pay the rent. This means that a property owner cannot require a Section 8 tenant to pay the housing authority’s portion of the rent or evict a tenant because the housing authority’s payments are delayed. The California Apartment Association wants to ensure that its members understand this regulation, as the partial federal government shutdown has dragged into its fourth week. At present, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has enough money for Section 8 payments in February, but the same… Read More