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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper as well as forms to help rental housing owners comply with the city of Alameda’s rent control program. With respect to certain “covered properties,” the program includes rent control provisions that apply to rent increases effective after Sept. 1, 2019. With respect to “non-covered” properties, the program provides for non-binding review of rent increases in excess of 5% and optional review of rent increases of 5% or less. CAA has created forms to provide the proper notice of those rent increases. The city will consider additional amendments to the program… Read More

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Question: What are the reasons that a tenant can legally break a lease agreement? Is relocation due to a job change a legal reason to break the lease?

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The California Apartment Association today published new forms to help landlords comply with updates to Hayward’s rent control law. As of July 25, 2019, Hayward’s 39-year-old Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance has been amended to do the following: Expand the properties subject to the ordinance. Prohibit harassment and retaliation. Prohibit discrimination based on source of income, including Section 8 vouchers. Limit the reasons for which a tenancy may be terminated, and Establish an annual rent limitation of 5% for “covered units” and a mandatory mediation and binding arbitration program for increases above that threshold.  Hayward City Council The… Read More

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Question: I have a suspicion that one of our tenants falsified his application by giving me a different name and Social Security number than his own. If I can prove this, what are my rights? I have a six-month lease, and he just moved in.

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Tenants in California are about to get extra time to respond to most three-day eviction notices. Under a law taking effect Sept. 1, weekends and court holidays will no longer count toward the three-day notice period and the five-day period for responding to an unlawful-detainer summons and complaint. For example, under the new law, the deadline to pay rent for a three-day notice served given on a Friday wouldn’t be due until Wednesday— two days later than the current Monday deadline. Previously, weekends and court holidays could count toward these notice periods, although a notice could not expire on weekend… Read More

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Question: I have a tenant who always “races” his car in the parking area. We have families with small children and a posted five mile per hour speed limit. What can I do to make him stop?

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The California Apartment Association this week published a pair of “Industry Insight” papers to help rental housing owners comply with new relocation-assistance ordinances in the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach. In Pasadena, a relocation allowance for tenants in good standing took effect July 13. The ordinance expanded the eligibility of displaced tenants to receive a relocation allowance and moving expenses from the landlord. Moreover,  it increased relocation amounts and protections for tenants then the property is sold to a new owner who then increases the rent by more than CPI+5%, serves a termination notice, or evicts the tenant. For… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper about a newly enacted emergency regulation to protect employees from wildfire smoke. The regulation took effect this week and will require many employers in California, including those in the rental housing industry, to change the way they monitor wildfire smoke and the precautions they take to protect employees.  The regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on July 29 in preparation for the state’s wildfire season. It is expected to remain in effect for at least one year. The regulation requires employers who anticipate that employees may be… Read More

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Question: I have a tenant who never pays his rent until he receives a three-day notice.  We normally serve notices on the eighth of the month even though the rent is due on the first. He is on a one-year lease and I don’t know my legal rights.

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Question: I am evicting a tenant and gave her a 30-day day notice. When I handed her the notice, she didn’t read it, she just dropped it on the ground, so I read it to her. I then gave it back to her, but she wouldn’t take it, so I dropped it on the ground. Is this considered a legal notice?

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