The city of Fresno next week will begin levying harsher penalties against landlords who chronically violate city codes at their rental properties. The steeper fines, which go into effect Nov. 11, are reserved for property owners with more than 10 citations in one year — a distinction that will earn them the label of “serial violator.”
The California Apartment Association has launched a survey in its efforts to improve San Jose’s rental housing inspection program. Specifically, CAA Tri-County wants to hear from owners of rental property in San Jose that have been placed in either the “Tier 3” or “Tier 2” code enforcement categories. Under San Jose’s Multiple Housing Program, apartment buildings are divided into tiers based on the number of violations per unit of the buildings. Each tier has a different inspection cycle and fee structure, with the fewest inspections and lowest fees for Tier 1 and the greatest for Tier 3. Although the city… Read More
The Citrus Heights City Council has approved an ordinance establishing a new rental housing inspection program to preserve the aging supply of housing in the city and ensure that owners properly maintain their properties. The California Apartment Association successfully negotiated several changes to the initial proposal resulting in lower fees and the opportunity for self-certification. Citrus Heights has over 15,000 rental units, with 90 percent built prior to 1990. In a report to the council, city staff expressed concern that the rapid building of housing in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in a lack of quality control and the use… Read More
Concerned about its aging housing stock, Citrus Heights will establish a proactive inspection program to ensure the proper maintenance of rental properties in the city. The program will be funded by fees on rental properties, with inspections of both single-family and multifamily units beginning in July 2019. On a 4-1 vote on Aug. 9, the City Council directed city staff to draft an ordinance for adoption before the end of the year. Councilman Bret Daniels, who cast the lone vote against the motion, questioned the need to create a proactive inspection program. He pointed to data that indicated only 2… Read More
The Sacramento City Council early this month is expected to approve changes to the annual fire-prevention fee for multifamily properties with three or more units. If approved, the new annual fees will be $40 to $808, depending upon the number of units at the property. California Apartment Association staff persuaded city fire officials to reduce some of the increases while securing support for improvements to the overall program.
A California Senate bill that would require inspections for apartment balconies advanced from the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. The committee approved SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, after the author agreed to incorporate all amendments requested by CAA. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where the cost to the state will be considered.
A CAA-supported program to help address substandard housing issues in Fresno is up and running with an online rental registry. Beginning next week, the city of Fresno will mail letters to all rental properties within the city limits asking that they register their properties within 30 days. This can be done online at fresno.gov/rentalhousing or via a form included with the letter. The registry is part of the Rental Housing Improvement Act, or RHIA. Mayor Lee Brand wrote the ordinance, taking into account the concerns of the California Apartment Association.
A California Senate bill that would require inspections for apartment balconies should exempt structures that have already been officially verified as safe, the California Apartment Association has concluded. SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would require the inspection of decks, balconies, and elevated walkways, as specified, in buildings containing three or more multifamily units.
The Fresno City Council on Thursday approved a CAA-supported ordinance to address substandard housing, a problem recently highlighted by local news media. The ordinance incorporates a free rental registry and a percentage-based sample interior inspection program to ensure compliance with state housing law. Properties that pass inspection would then be allowed to self-certify.
The California Apartment Association is asking Inland Empire members with properties in Moreno Valley to contact the city regarding its nearly five-fold increase in fire inspection fees. The fees, now $36 per unit, marks a 450 percent increase and could leave some members paying more than $9,000 for fire inspections. A couple of CAA members recently received notices of the higher fees and informed CAA. The fire inspection ordinance took effect in January. “We immediately reached out to city officials, including the fire marshal, and engaged with them,” said Tim Johnson, executive director CAA’s Inland Empire Division, or CAA-AAGIE. “We’re… Read More