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A CAA-supported bill that would increase the state tax credit for renters has advanced to the state Assembly. On May 30, SB 1182 by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, won approval on the Senate floor with 37 yes votes, zero no votes and two abstentions. The bill would increase the renters’ tax credit incrementally over a five-year span. “Under current law, homeowners in California receive state and federal tax benefits, as a result of owning their own home,” CAA says in a letter supporting the bill. “Renters, however, do not receive comparable tax benefits. It’s reasonable to provide renters, who… Read More

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The California Apartment Association on Thursday defeated a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction requirements across the state, making it more difficult and costly to evict bad tenants. A second eviction-related bill that, as originally written, would have expanded the notice requirements for removing tenants under the Ellis Act, also died on the Assembly Floor. A third eviction-related bill — originally drafted to prolong the eviction process — was amended to simply provide minor amendments to the service of the eviction summons, rendering it of minor concern to members of CAA. The most threatening of the bills, AB… Read More

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A bill intended to boost the construction of accessory-dwelling units has passed the state Senate and now heads to the Assembly. SB 831 by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, won full Senate approval Wednesday on a 30-1 vote, sending it on to the second house of the Legislature. 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… Read More

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A bill that would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights is dead for 2018 after stalling in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, sought to require the Department of Consumer Affairs to administer a certification program for the training. The bill also would have authorized the department to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework. Further, AB 2618 would have mandated that landlords and property managers be certified every two years. Under an earlier draft of the bill, anyone caught managing property without the certification would… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is supporting a bill that would add protections for property owners and tenants who make calls to law enforcement for help. AB 2413 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would prohibit local agencies from penalizing property owners or residents if they call law enforcement to report domestic abuse or other crimes or emergencies at the property. The bill also would prohibit landlords from evicting or otherwise penalizing tenants simply because they call authorities to get help. CAA did, however, help to make clear in the bill that tenants can be evicted if they create a nuisance… Read More

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An Assembly bill intended to curb illegal marijuana cultivation could have unintended consequences for landlords whose tenants secretly set up growing operations in their units. Under AB 2164 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, individuals accused of violating local cannabis laws – including tenants and their unsuspecting landlords — could face fines and other penalties without first getting a chance to appeal and remedy the problem. The legislation is intended to deal with marijuana growers who violate local laws but avoid fines by simply picking up and moving their operations elsewhere, effectively curing the violation before fines can be levied.… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has added landlord safeguards to a bill that would ensure a tenant’s ability to pay rent through a third party. Historically, landlords have been unwilling to accept payments from third parties over concerns that a third party would claim a right to possession of the unit. CAA worked with the author, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, to prevent this from happening. AB 2219 now provides that a landlord who accepts a rent payment from a third party can require that the third party sign a document acknowledging that the transaction does not make him or her… Read More

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An Assembly bill would dramatically prolong the eviction process, endanger renters who complain about their neighbors, and allow tenants to avoid eviction by making frivolous complaints. Under 2343 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, landlords would have to provide 10 days’ notice before serving eviction papers to tenants who’ve failed to pay the rent. At any time during this 10-day period, the tenant could pay the rent to prevent eviction. At present, the notice requirement is three days. This extension would essentially shift rent due dates to the middle of the month. For tenants who have committed serious lease violations,… Read More

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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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