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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 apartment advertisements.   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 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 the new law, and explaining SB 329’s new anti-discrimination policies… 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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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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