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Both renters and landlords continue to struggle as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, spurring stay-at-home orders and ravaging California’s economy. Given these hardships, CAA will continue to work with the governor and Legislature to craft temporary policies that keep tenants in their homes but also compensate landlords for the housing they are required to provide to renters affected by the pandemic. An extension of the eviction moratorium, regardless of its duration, must include reimbursements for landlords who have provided housing with zero-to-little compensation under tenant protections tied to the coronavirus. It is paramount that California and its local governments distribute… Read More

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A COVID-19 economic relief package signed by President Trump on Sunday includes $25 billion to help struggling tenants pay their landlords. The aid package won Trump’s signature several days after passing both chambers of Congress. The president had threatened to veto the bill, saying its onetime direct payments to individuals should be increased from $600 to $2,000. Trump continues to urge Congress to make that change. Last week, Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment Association, praised Congress for approving rental aid, the first time it’s done so since the pandemic shut down the economy nine months ago.… Read More

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California lawmakers introduced a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will likely include more details before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year.  Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which passed as AB 3088 this summer and is… Read More

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California lawmakers are introducing a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before current eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a new surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will initially lack much detail but can be fleshed out before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year.  Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has negotiated a less-burdensome alternative to Assemblyman David Chiu’s AB 1436.    The new bill is AB 3088, dubbed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, and will be in print this afternoon. Over the past week, CAA engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the new legislation.   The new proposal would allow landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill would offer eviction protections… Read More

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California’s Judicial Council today voted 19-1 to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful-detainer cases effective Sept. 1. The Judicial Council had been eyeing Aug. 14 to resume evictions, however, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged her colleagues to wait two weeks. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye The delay gives lawmakers more time to create a replacement for the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, which has halted nearly all evictions across the state since April 1.  “In our ongoing conversations with Gov. Newsom and the Legislature, we have been responsive to their requests for additional time to develop and enact policy and legislative… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director, mnemeth@caanet.org or (916) 449-6426 The California Apartment Association today said it looks forward to working with Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and other Senate leaders to refine a rental-relief proposal expected to be unveiled this morning. Under the proposal, landlords who voluntarily forgive unpaid rent would receive tax credits to cover their losses. The tax credits would be fully transferable. “During these unprecedented times, we appreciate the Senate Pro Tem’s creative effort to help tenants and rental property owners,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for CAA. “The California Apartment Association… Read More

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CAA today condemned the threatened rent strikes that tenant advocacy groups are attempting to organize in California.  Extreme tenant-rights groups have urged all tenants to withhold May’s rent — even if unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for the California Apartment Association, said rent strike organizers are “irresponsible, unethical and unlawful.” Bannon also condemned tenants who see the pandemic as an excuse to cheat their landlord.   The strikes are intended to coerce rental property owners and elected officials into canceling rent and erasing any obligation to pay accumulated back rent. Such a policy is untenable and would create an exodus from the rental… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director(916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org The California Apartment Association today urged the California Judicial Council to revisit its decision to suspend virtually all evictions in the state, saying the council’s move creates an unlevel playing field that will protect banks and tenants but leave rental property owners vulnerable well after the COVID-19 crisis ends.  The council’s decision, made Monday during an emergency meeting, allows tenants, including those with the ability to pay, to withhold rent without fear of eviction but leaves landlords struggling to pay their mortgages without protection from foreclosure. CAA sent council members this… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org The California Apartment Association today announced that it will lead a campaign to defeat anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein’s latest attempt to return California to the radical rent control policies of the 1970s, placing homes further out of reach for seniors and working families.  Weinstein and other supporters of the Rental Affordability Act, also known as Prop 10 2.0, scheduled a number of rallies today to announce the anticipated qualification of their measure for the November 2020 ballot. His previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed… Read More

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