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Owners of older apartment buildings in California face a Jan. 1, 2019, deadline to make sure their plumbing fixtures meet state water-saving standards. The New Year’s Day deadline applies to pre-1994 multifamily housing, as well as commercial buildings.

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Gov. Jerry Brown this month will decide the fate of a bill governing the installation of water submeters in new apartment construction, including mechanisms to pass along associated costs to renters. SB 7 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would require the installation of submeters in multi-unit dwellings built after Jan. 1, 2018, and that residents receive accurate information about the volume and cost of their water use. At the same time, the legislation, supported by the California Apartment Association, clarifies how multifamily property owners can charge tenants for water use, and it allows for late fees and eviction when tenants… Read More

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For years, the California Apartment Association has pushed for a fair and cost-effective bill that governs water submeters in new apartment construction while allowing owners to pass along associated costs to tenants. CAA is optimistic that, after more work, Senate Bill 7 may fulfill these goals, ultimately saving precious water in a state that continues to face challenges with lack of rainfall. SB 7 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, includes provisions to clarify how multifamily property owners can charge tenants for water use, and it allows for late fees and eviction when tenants don’t pay their bills. Submeters gauge water… Read More

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Although Santa Rosa has lifted its mandatory drought restrictions, the city will continue to help rental housing owners and managers conserve water. The restrictions had been in place for nearly two years when the city removed them last month. Santa Rosa now has adequate and reliable water supply for the next three years. Santa Rosa Water, however, will keep promoting water efficiency, offering rebates, workshops, education and tips to its customers, including multifamily properties. For more information, contact the Water Use Efficiency team at (707) 545-3985 or wue@srcity.org.   Also, check out these tips on water efficiency in apartments from Indoor… Read More

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking information from the multifamily housing industry to develop the first 1-100 score for water efficiency in rental housing. A simple-to-understand score will help building owners understand how much water their buildings are using. “We need your help to make this a reality, so we’re asking you to share a few pieces of information about your multifamily property/ies,” the EPA said in an email, adding that ENERGY STAR and WaterSense are working together on the project. To develop the score, however, the EPA needs data by Friday, Oct. 30.  See the blue box for… Read More

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As in past years, Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, introduced legislation in 2015 that would mandate the installation of water submeters in units of new multi-family housing. SB 7 would impose this mandate effective Jan. 1, 2017, and include provisions to clarify how multifamily property owners can charge tenants for water use. A submeter gauges water use in an individual apartment. This gives the tenant a financial incentive to conserve water because it keeps the renter’s bill down. This is good for both the tenant – and California’s water supply, especially during California’s worsening drought. Many property owners already have voluntarily… Read More

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For years, tenants facing eviction have delayed the process by making unmeritorious claims regarding the presence of mold. A California bill, however, would undercut this delay tactic by clarifying when mold constitutes a substandard housing condition. While SB 655 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, provides that mold is a substandard housing condition, it will only rise to that level if a health officer or code enforcement officer has determined that it is extensive enough to endanger health or damage property. The bill specifically provides that  a property owner has no obligation to repair a mold problem unless the owner… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is fighting newly proposed legislation that would allow tenants to withhold rent and avoid eviction based on their own, unqualified opinions about whether apartments are outfitted with water-saving fixtures. CAA contends that AB 723 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, would fail to further water conservation, while needlessly subjecting rental property owners to litigation and lost rent. While it’s too late in the session to propose a new bill, lawmakers will sometimes get around this by jamming a new legislative proposal into an existing bill. Such is the case with AB 723, which was gutted and amended… Read More

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SANTA CLARA – In the face of California’s lingering dry spell, a panel of multifamily executives this week shared ideas for water conservation within rental communities. “It needs to be a multipronged approach,” said Jeff Bosshard, president of multifamily operations for Woodmont Real Estate Services. “There isn’t going to be one, simple answer.” Bosshard was on a panel of executives that offered insights on the drought Wednesday during CAA Connect — Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo. In addition to the CEO panel discussion, CAA Connect featured more than 160 vendor booths and a bevvy of property management seminars… Read More

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Check out the California Apartment Association’s website for landlords seeking ways to conserve water. With mandatory water restrictions on the horizon, caasaveswater.com is more relevant than ever. Explore CAA’s water-saving tips and share your own ideas. Peruse information on water-efficient plumbing fixtures, recycled water regulations and links to online resources. CAA is committed to the education of rental property owners and residents about water conservation and the responsible use of water in residential rental homes and multifamily housing. CAA stands ready to work with state agencies, local governments, and water providers to develop practical policies and incentives that promote the… Read More

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