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Gov. Gavin Newsom this month signed more than a dozen CAA-backed bills intended to address California’s chronic housing shortage. The bills will help remove local barriers to housing construction, boost incentives for building higher-density affordable housing, and make it easier and cheaper to add second units to residential lots. Gov. Gavin Newsom “We’ve invested more in new housing than at any point in our history, and we have created powerful new tools to incentivize housing production,” Newsom said in this news release.  “Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a… Read More

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A bill taking effect Jan. 1 lowers the amount California landlords can collect for security deposits from members of the U.S. military. Under SB 644 by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, security deposits for active military are limited to one months’ rent for unfurnished units and two months’ rent for furnished ones.

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A law taking effect Jan. 1 will require landlords to provide an additional month’s notice when they increase the rent on month-to-month tenants by more than 10%. Under AB 1110 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, rental owners and managers will need to provide 90 days’ notice for rent increases that clear the 10% threshold. Until now, a 60-day notice was required.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill that will make it illegal to reject a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, will ban blanket policies against taking Section 8 applicants and require landlords to treat voucher-holders like any other applicant. The law also will prohibit “No Section 8” advertisements. Sen. Holly Mitchell Throughout the legislative process, Mitchell repeatedly stated that owners will retain the ability to reject voucher-holders after giving them a fair vetting. The senator, however, refused… 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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Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1482, landmark legislation that will place an annual cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California.

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In a matter of days, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign Assembly Bill 1482, legislation that will cap rent increases statewide and become California’s most significant rental housing law in a quarter century.

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This year’s statewide rent-cap bill, including a series of amendments secured by CAA, has cleared both houses of the California Legislature and now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. The Assembly, which needed to review amendments to the bill, approved the legislation last month on a 48-26 vote with five abstentions. The bill passed off the Senate floor on a 25-10 vote with five abstentions. AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation — which comes to about 8% at present — for much of the state’s multifamily housing… Read More

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The California Legislature this week passed a bill that would make it illegal to reject a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher.    The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk. On Wednesday, the state Senate approved amendments to SB 329 on a 25-12 vote with three abstentions. The day before, it passed off the the Assembly floor on a 46-21 vote with 12 abstentions. Sen. Holly Mitchell The author of the bill, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, has said her bill would simply ban blanket policies against taking Section 8 applicants — including “No… Read More

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A bill that would cap annual rent increases for much of California’s multifamily housing stock now includes significant amendments secured by the California Apartment Association.   The amendments to AB 1482, among other things, would prevent local governments from making the bill’s rent cap any more restrictive. Moreover, the revisions would improve the legislation’s vacancy decontrol and “just cause” for eviction provisions, while shielding new buildings from the cap for five additional years.    The changes follow weeks of around-the-clock negotiations with the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins and were announced last week after the bill advanced from the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco,… Read More

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