To help rental housing professionals prepare for the new year, the California Apartment Association has updated its rental forms and instruction sheets. The association also published new forms for members to use to comply with the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act’s (CTRA) 15-Day Notice requirement and to be used when terminating a tenancy because the owner needs to move into the unit, or is going out of the rental housing business. CAA staff create and update forms based on new laws, member requests and questions submitted through CAA’s Landlord Helpline. Forms with major revisions, as well as the newly published forms:… Read More
Question: Where can I find CAA’s just-cause termination notice form? Answer: This has been a common question on CAA’s Landlord Helpline, given that the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) requires landlords to provide residents with a “just cause” when they terminate a tenancy. The just-cause requirement applies to all tenancies — even those not covered by the just-cause provisions of AB 1482, the new statewide rent cap law. For example, CTRA provides just-cause protections to tenants no matter how long they’ve lived in a unit, while AB 1482 limits just-cause protections to residents in place for a year… Read More
The California Apartment Association is urging its members to review their tenant-screening procedures, an exercise that could help them avoid costly litigation. CAA’s recommendation comes amid reports that consumer attorneys are suing landlords over alleged violations of the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, during the tenant-screening process.
The California Apartment Association will soon release an updated edition of its Managing Rental Housing textbook. Managing Rental Housing offers a veritable encyclopedia of state rental housing law, explains the cycle of the tenancy, and provides practical information needed to operate rental property efficiently, ethically, and profitably in California. CAA’s premiere textbook has been thoroughly updated for its 10th edition. It is more user-friendly and addresses the biggest change in California landlord-tenant law in decades: The Tenant Protection Act of 2019, also known as AB 1482. The book is expected to be available in a print edition and electronically in… Read More
California landlords have until Wednesday, Sept. 30, to provide an informational notice to certain tenants who’ve missed rental payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The requirement comes from the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which the state Legislature passed as Assembly Bill 3088 on Aug. 31. The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, or CTRA, provides certain protections to residents who are unable to pay rent or other charges for one or more months between March 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021 because they have experienced COVID-19-related financial distress, such as a loss of income or increased medical expenses. CTRA requires landlords… Read More
For many rental housing providers, July 1, 2020, may be a significant date. Under AB 1482, the state’s new rent cap and just-cause-for-eviction law, July 1 triggers additional notice requirements in new and renewed rental agreements. The start of the second half of the year also triggers additional recycling requirements for some businesses and opens the door to enforcement of the state’s new data-privacy law. AB 1482: requirements for rental agreements AB 1482, also known as the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, took effect Jan. 1 of this year and imposes rent caps and just-cause requirements on most residential rental properties in the state. Below, you’ll find specific requirements that apply… Read More
Question: One of our tenants recently requested that we paint the inside of her apartment. She has threatened to do it herself and deduct the cost of the paint from the rent if we do not have it painted within the next two weeks. Is she legally able to carry out her threat?
In a decision that could have statewide implications, the California Energy Commission on on Feb. 20 approved an alternative way for developers of low-rise apartment buildings in Sacramento County to comply with the state’s new solar power mandate. As of Jan. 1, state regulations have required that most new homes, including low-rise apartment buildings, be equipped with rooftop solar power.