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An Assembly bill proposed this year would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights. AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would require the Department of Real Estate to administer a certification program for the training. The department would also be authorized to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework. Under the bill, landlords and property managers would have to be certified every two years, and anyone caught managing property without the certification would face a fine of $1,000. As written, the bill would provide one year to implement the program. That… Read More

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A pair of bills have emerged in the Legislature this year to help California college students secure housing near campus without breaking their budgets. SB 922 by Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, focuses on turning surplus property near college campuses into housing for college students. It would authorize the California Department of General Services to offer unused properties within two miles of any University of California, California State University or California community college to local governments or nonprofits for the construction of such housing. Another bill, SB 1227 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would provide a density bonus to a… Read More

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A bill co-sponsored by the California Apartment Association would create financial consequences for local governments that fail to allow their fair share of housing. AB 1759 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, would withhold road maintenance funds from cities and counties until they meet their housing production goals as assigned by the state. Along with CAA, the California Association of Realtors is co-sponsoring the legislation. The bill comes as California continues to struggle with an unprecedented housing crisis caused by a severe lack of housing construction at all levels. One of the most significant impediments to housing construction is unjustified local… Read More

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A state lawmaker this year is again trying to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units. The building of accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats or in-law units — is increasingly considered one of the more sensible ways to address California’s housing shortage. And while this housing type is cheaper and quicker to build than a single-family home, the excessive fees and regulatory hurdles associated with granny flats remains a serious deterrent to construction. Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who authored successful granny-flat legislation in 2016, has follow-up legislation this year that would… Read More

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To help address California’s ongoing housing shortage,  lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have turned their attention to the California Environmental Quality Act. While the landmark land-use law is intended to protect the environment, CEQA often hinders the development of housing. CEQA also has become a favorite tool of no-growth advocates, who  frequently file lawsuits under CEQA simply to delay or stop housing projects. A pair of bills by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would help protect housing projects from such  frivolous legal challenges. Under Glazer’s SB 1340, courts would have 270 days to rule on lawsuits that challenge housing… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has identified three noteworthy bills to help address the state’s growing homelessness crisis. SB 918 by State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would establish $60 million in grants from the cannabis tax and other funds to provide rental assistance, transitional housing and shelters for homeless youth. The bill would also streamline the state’s efforts to combat homelessness among minors. At present, California has the highest rate of youth homelessness in the nation, yet it state lacks a clear strategy to confront the problem. Policies and funding to address homelessness are also scattered across various state agencies… Read More

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A bill introduced last week would once again extend a California pilot program that helps rid apartment communities of tenants in who are in the illegal possession of guns, ammo or drugs. The pilot program, which applies only to certain jurisdictions, allows prosecutors and city attorneys to initiate the eviction process, at a landlord’s request, to stop nuisances involving unlawful weapons, ammunition or drugs. The program allows those evictions to be based on law enforcement paperwork, such as an arrest report, and affects the cities of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Sacramento and Oakland. AB 2930 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los… Read More

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Lawmakers last week introduced a plethora of rental housing-related bills, including legislation that would double the renters’ tax credit, mandate training for landlords, and help remove gun-owning tenants from apartment buildings. These are just some of the landlord-tenant related proposals introduced before the Feb 16 legislative filing deadline. The tax credit bill, SB 1182 by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would increase the credit to $120 for renters filing their taxes as individuals and $240 for joint filers. It would be the first increase in the credit since 1979. “This increase is long overdue,” Glazer said in a statement. “The… Read More

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Lawmakers have proposed a trio of bills that would hamper the ability of landlords to evict tenants. The most sweeping of the three bills would impose “just cause” eviction policies statewide, another would expand the notice requirements for removing tenants under the Ellis Act, and the third would delay the eviction process for tenants who are delinquent on rent. The “just cause” bill comes from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and is expected to be introduced today. Under the legislation, rental property owners could only proceed with an eviction after providing the tenant with a written notice outlining the reason for… Read More

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State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has introduced a pair of bills to help boost housing production in California, a goal shared by the California Apartment Association. Wiener’s SB 827 is intended to encourage multifamily development around public transportation hubs. The bill would lift some locally imposed low-density zoning standards that can prevent the construction of apartment buildings in these infill locations. The legislation promises to address California’s ongoing housing shortage, and it would offer environmental benefits by boosting higher density housing near public transit, reducing the need for residents to commute by car. “We have a severe housing shortage… Read More

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