Under a Wednesday deadline to sign or veto legislation this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved a number of bills that will impact the rental housing industry and housing production going forward. Gov. Gavin Newsom Below, we summarize the most significant of the housing bills signed this week:
After the passage of AB 3088 this week, the California Apartment Association reached out to local elected officials throughout the state to make sure they’re aware of the law and how it works in their communities. CAA’s local vice presidents sent emails to dozens of mayors, city council members and county supervisors after the Legislature approved, and the governor signed, AB 3088 — or the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. “CAA believes this bill signed by the governor provides guidance to the courts on how to move forward with protecting tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID-19,” says… Read More
Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, legislation that prohibits the eviction of renters with genuine COVID-related hardships but reopens the unlawful-detainer process for tenants who cause problems at the property. The legislation, AB 3088, was signed into law shortly after passing the Assembly on a vote of 61-8 with 10 abstentions. Earlier Monday, the bill cleared the Senate on a 33-2 vote with five abstentions. The law took effect immediately. The California Apartment Association engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the bill, which offers… Read More
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
The California Apartment Association has spent the past week helping negotiate the details of the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Negotiations are continuing on the bill, which is expected to be unveiled in the state Legislature by tomorrow morning. The legislation is intended as an alternative to AB 1436, the “free rent” bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We’ve been working around the clock with lawmakers and the governor’s office to make sure the legislation is fair and balanced,” said Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs. “Our goal has been to provide both help for… Read More
A COVID-19 related bill that would invite tenants to skip rent payments without fear of eviction continues to work its way through the state Senate. On Wednesday, AB 1436 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-0 vote with three abstentions.
The California Apartment Association this week asked its members for help stopping AB 1436, the “free rent” bill to be heard Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would make rental property owners defer rent payments for tenants who are either unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemlyman David Chiu The legislation allows tenants to skip rent payments without providing any proof that they have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The bill is nothing more than a government-sanctioned rent strike. Tenants would not be required to… Read More
The Assembly Judiciary Committee this week approved a bill that would create a voluntary tax credit program to help landlords recoup rent that’s gone unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill, SB 1410 by Sens. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, passed the Judiciary Committee on a 7-3 vote with one abstention. The legislation now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. To qualify for the credits, a rental owner would need to sign an agreement, pledging to defer rent that’s gone unpaid due to the coronavirus and not to evict the tenant for nonpayment. The tenant also would need… Read More
The California Apartment Association this week issued a letter explaining its continuing opposition to a “free rent” bill to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee later this month. AB 1436 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would make rental property owners defer rent payments for tenants who are either unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemlyman David Chiu The rent-deferral period would last until April 1, 2021 or until 90 days after the state’s COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted – whichever comes first. “The bill does not provide for – nor… Read More
The California Apartment Association this week issued opposition letters regarding three of the most troubling rental housing-related bills of 2020. The bills include AB 1703, which would give tenants and certain community groups an unfair head start in purchasing rental housing; AB 1436, which would force landlords to defer rents for possibly months on end; and AB 828, an unfair attempt to allow the government and the courts to give extended tenancies to all renters — even those not facing economic hardships.