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During the first half of 2019, the California Apartment Association fought a deluge of negative rental housing legislation, from statewide rent control to authorized rent strikes.   Below we summarize some of the worst bills of the year and update their status in the Legislature. Let’s start with some of the worst legislative proposals stopped by CAA.

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A bill that would impose rent control and “just cause” eviction policies statewide won passage Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation advanced on a 6-1 vote with one abstention. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, its last stop before the Senate floor. The bill would cap annual rent increases at 7% plus the consumer price index — the same formula adopted earlier this year in Oregon. The bill would apply to nearly all of California’s rental housing stock, including apartments and some single-family homes, and it would apply in jurisdictions where voters and local elected leaders… Read More

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An Assembly committee has approved a bill that would make it discriminatory to deny applicants for rental housing simply because they have a Section 8 voucher. The bill, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a 7-3 vote with two abstentions. 

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A CAA-opposed bill that would apply rent control across California will receive its first hearing in the state Senate next month. On Tuesday, July 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. The bill surfaced despite the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 10, a statewide rent control bill on last November’s ballot. AB 1482 would apply rent control to all types of housing in every city and county in California.

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The California Apartment Association has stopped a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction controls across California. On Thursday, AB 1481 died for the year, lacking the votes needed to win full Assembly approval by this week’s deadline.   CAA led a strong grassroots campaign to defeat the bill.

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At its Legislative Conference, the California Apartment Association spent Wednesday morning providing a crash course on the most significant legislation facing the rental housing industry in 2019. By the afternoon, more than 400 rental housing professionals, thoroughly prepped by CAA’s public affairs team, were ready for their walk to the Capitol, where they went from office to office, advocating for their industry in one of the busiest years in recent memory for landlord-tenant legislation.   The program started at 10 a.m. in a sprawling ballroom in the downtown Sacramento Sheraton Grand. Over the next two hours, CAA’s government affairs leaders… Read More

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The California state Senate has approved a bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. Sen. Holly Mitchell SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, passed off the Senate floor Thursday with 24 yes votes, 11 no votes and three abstentions. The bill, now heading to the Assembly, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program.

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CAA was successful in stopping a bill that would have established a statewide rental registry with an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants.   AB 724 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died when it failed to pass out of the Appropriations Committee by Thursday’s deadline.   Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks As amended, the proposal sought to create a rental housing registry for all California properties with more than 16 units.   Each year, owners of units in these properties would have been forced to report a variety of data to the Department of Housing and Community Development, such as the size of… Read More

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A bill approved by the California Assembly this week would outlaw the use of a common type of rat poison, making it more difficult to control rodent populations around rental housing and other buildings. The California Apartment Association opposes the bill, AB 1788 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, which would prohibit the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Pest control companies use this tool to manage rodents around businesses, homes, apartments, and other places where people eat, sleep, play and live. Rodenticides protect Californians from the spread of diseases, such as hantavirus and typhus.

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Despite opposition from CAA, a pair of “just cause” for eviction bills advanced this week from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bills, AB 1481 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and AB 1697 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, have now gone to the Assembly floor. Both Grayson’s and Bonta’s proposals would limit evictions to certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, a substantial breach of the lease, or use of the property for illegal activity. Proving criminal activity, however, often requires testimony from third‐party witnesses who may be reluctant to come forward.

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