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The coronavirus outbreak presents a health and financial crisis to all Californians. As the virus continues to spread, state and local governments are exploring eviction protections for tenants unable to pay rent because of the outbreak. Already, cities including San Jose, Hayward, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego are expected to adopt temporary eviction bans for tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. On Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced such a ban, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti did likewise Sunday. CAA will update members as more regulations are adopted. And this week, Assemblyman Phil Ting and Sen.… Read More

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Speaking to a room full of rental housing VIPs, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins reiterated her commitment to advancing housing-supply legislation this year and praised the California Apartment Association for its leadership role at the Capitol. “The Legislature and the California Apartment Association have a great relationship,” said Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “And my colleagues and I are truly appreciative of the work that you do, and the perspective, frankly, that you bring to policy actions and directions from the state.” Her comments came during the California Apartment Association’s Leadership Dinner the night before the February board… Read More

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As expected, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is trying again to create a statewide rental registry. On Tuesday, Wicks introduced AB 2406, which would create a rental registry for all California landlords with more than five units. Last year, the California Apartment Association helped kill a similar bill, AB 724, which had an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants. 

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A bill working its way through the California Legislature would create a $500 million tax credit aimed at keeping housing affordable. AB 2058 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-San Fernando Valley, would create the Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit to incentivize property owners planning to sell rental housing or mobile-home parks to prioritize selling to experienced affordable housing entities that will keep the units affordable.   Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel

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Senate Bill 50, this year’s most significant legislative attempt to address California’s housing shortage, died last week on the Senate floor.  The proposal by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, failed to garner the 21 votes needed to move from the Senate floor to the Assembly by Friday’s deadline.  

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This Friday, Jan. 31, marks a key deadline:  It’s the last day for a two-year bill (legislation introduced but shelved last year) to win passage in the house where it was introduced. So two-year Senate bills must pass off the Senate floor and advance to the Assembly, and two-year Assembly bills must advance to the Senate.  The highest-profile bill facing this week’s deadline is Senate Bill 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.

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The California Apartment Association is reminding its members that it’s against California law to include “No Section 8” or similar verbiage in advertisements for rental housing.   As of Jan. 1, Senate Bill 329 prohibits landlords from rejecting a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher. The law also bans advertisements that say voucher-holders won’t be considered for tenancy. The legislation applies to apartment and single-family home rentals. The California Apartment Association has been educating the rental housing industry about SB 329 for months. Efforts have included publishing articles about the legislation at caanet.org and in its newsletter, creating an Industry Insight compliance paper on… Read More

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The stakes are certainly high this year for California’s rental housing industry. In 2020, we can expect a radical rent control measure back on the statewide ballot, an emboldened tenants’ movement at the state and local level, and the prospects of another blue wave in the California Legislature. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explore these and several other important housing issues to watch in 2020.

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California’s largest businesses, including those in the rental housing industry, have just a few weeks to begin complying with the nation’s most sweeping consumer-privacy law. The California Consumer Privacy Act takes effect Jan. 1 and is intended to give consumers greater insights into data that companies collect about them — and more control over what happens to that data. The law, which is being compared to the European Union’s privacy laws, mainly targets large companies — those with annual revenues of $25 million or more — as well as firms in the business of collecting and selling personal information. Although… Read More

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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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