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The California Apartment Association today mobilized its members to fight a pair of bills that would jeopardize their ability to be quality housing providers. Assemblyman Alex Lee CAA asked the state’s rental housing owners and operators to send letters to the state Assembly urging  no votes on AB 854, the “Stay in Business Forever Act”; and AB 1188, the “Public Landlord-Tenant Registry” bill. AB 854 by Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-San Jose, takes aim at California’s Ellis Act, a law that protects a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing business. Lee’s proposal would prohibit rental housing providers from using the… Read More

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Legislation unveiled Thursday would force California landlords to stay in the rental housing business for at least five years, even if they are losing money month after month. AB 854 by Assemblyman Alex Lee, D-San Jose, takes aim at California’s Ellis Act, a law that protects a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing business.

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After hours of public testimony and debate, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted to eliminate RUBS in rent-controlled housing. RUBS is short for ratio-utility-billing systems, which some property owners use to divide utility bills among tenants based on the number of renters in the building or square footage. At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also approved changes to the city’s “just cause” eviction ordinance and an ordinance related to the Ellis Act. The council is expected to formally approve the changes with a another reading of the ordinances May 8.

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Amid fierce opposition from CAA, lawmakers have once again fallen short in their efforts to weaken California’s Ellis Act – the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business. Since 1985, the Ellis Act has provided an important safety valve for landlords operating in rent controlled jurisdictions, guaranteeing they can walk away from the business when rent control becomes too burdensome.

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The Legislature has scheduled hearings this month on a pair of bills that target the Ellis Act, landmark legislation that protects a property owner’s right to exit the rental housing business. The Ellis Act, passed in 1985, provides an important safety valve for landlords operating in rent controlled jurisdictions.

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San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to exit the rental housing business should not have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant-relocation fees, an appellate court has ruled. In 2015, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance requiring landlords to pay up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases tenants evicted under the Ellis Act incur over a two-year period.

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For the third consecutive year, bills have surfaced to modify California’s Ellis Act, the 1985 law that protects a property owner’s right to leave the rental housing business, an important safety valve for property owners in rent controlled jurisdictions. One of the proposals, AB 982, would expand the number of tenants who are entitled to …

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An appellate court Monday upheld important rights of San Francisco rental property owners under the state’s Ellis Act, a state law that allows property owners to leave the rental housing business. The Ellis Act ensures a property owner’s ability to take a building off the rental market and convert the units to condominiums or single-family homes. The  First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco affirmed Monday that a 2014 ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would have violated the Ellis Act. In the 3-0 ruling, Justice Martin Jenkins said that the ordinance “prevents landowners from exercising… Read More

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Thanks to a court ruling, San Francisco landlords who use the Ellis Act to leave the rental housing business won’t have to pay tens of thousands of dollars in additional tenant relocation fees. Under a San Francisco ordinance authored by Supervisor David Campos, landlords using the Ellis Act were required to pay tenants up to $50,000 to cover any rent increases the evicted tenants incur over a two-year period. Superior court Judge Ronald Quidachay, however, determined that the terms of Campos’ ordinance were unreasonable. Read more about it in this San Francisco Chronicle  article. The state Ellis Act, passed in… Read More

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For the second straight year, state Sen. Mark Leno has conceded defeat on a bill aimed at weakening the Ellis Act, legislation that protects a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing business. Acknowledging the collapse of SB 364 this year, Leno said he’ll take it up again in January, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. More than a month ago, SB 364 failed to advance from the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, where the California Apartment Association mounted fierce opposition. The bill would undermine a landlord’s right to leave San Francisco’s rental housing business. The proposal would make many rental… Read More

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