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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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Now that California has adopted the nation’s most sweeping statewide tenant protections, it’s time to fix the root cause of our housing crisis – a chronic lack of supply, said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment Association.  Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1482, making California the second state in the union to impose a statewide cap on annual rent increases.   The legislation was framed as an anti-gouging measure targeting the most egregious rent hikes, such as increases of 50% to 75% on existing tenants.   The California Apartment Association, which opposes rent control, took a neutral position after… Read More

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California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office today released a report predicting that Michael Weinstein’s Rental Affordability Act, or Proposition 10 2.0, would exacerbate the state’s chronic housing shortage by leading rental property owners to remove units from the market.  The proposition is Weinstein’s latest attempt to return extreme forms of rent control to California through the statewide initiative process. Weinstein’s previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed miserably at the polls this past November. The proposed statewide ballot measure would allow cities and counties to impose rent control on buildings after they turn 15 years old. Under… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Mike Nemeth, communications director, at (916) 449-6426 The California Apartment Association remains steadfastly opposed to AB 1482, the statewide rent control bill, which fails to address the ongoing housing shortage and stands to make the problem worse. The bill, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed off the Assembly floor this week and advanced to the state Senate. “It makes no sense to cap rents unless you’re also going to cap all of the operating expenses that apartment owners incur,” said Tom Bannon, CAA’s chief executive officer. “And there’s nothing in this bill that encourages one… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has expanded its public affairs and compliance staff to better protect the rental housing industry from legislative threats and to help members navigate a growing number of complicated laws and regulations.   CAA’s new hires include Stephanie Shirkey, senior policy and compliance counsel; Ninder Grewal, policy and compliance counsel; and Victor Cao, vice president of public affairs in Orange County.   Stephanie Shirkey After CAA led the defeat of Proposition 10, the statewide rent control initiative on the November ballot, lawmakers returned with a deluge of negative proposals, including a statewide rent cap on all rental units, statewide… Read More

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