With the spread of “just cause” eviction requirements throughout the state, it has become increasingly important for landlords to develop and consistently apply appropriate screening criteria to potential tenants. Those screening criteria commonly include income requirements, rental history, and credit requirements, among other things. Landlords typically obtain much of that information through reports provided by third-party screening companies. However, a complex web of federal and state laws imposes detailed requirements on the collection and use of that information. One such state law is the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, which was first enacted in 1975 and has been… Read More
High winds and resulting fires and evacuations prompted the governor this past weekend to declare a statewide emergency, a move that’s triggered protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10% anywhere in California. The cap applies to both existing and prospective tenancies, meaning a landlord cannot raise the rent on a vacant unit beyond the 10% mark. Further, an owner cannot terminate at tenancy in order to charge a new renter more than the cap would allow for the evicted renter. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types, including vacant units. The state of emergency is slated to… Read More
Question: I rented an apartment to a young man; he signed a one-year lease and paid the deposit and first month’s rent in full. He moved in today, and less than 24 hours later, he is requesting to get out of his lease because another apartment that he prefers became available. Is there any kind of buyer’s remorse on signing a lease?
The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in San Jose. Effective Thursday, Sept. 26, the city’s “Housing Payment Equality Ordinance” requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The enforcement provisions of the ordinance do not take effect for six months, but the director of the San Jose Department of Housing may issue written warnings for violations of the ordinance in the meantime. CAA… Read More