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The California Apartment Association this week issued a background paper to help its members comply with a new law requiring periodic inspections of certain apartment balconies, stairwells and other elevated structures. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The bill came in response to tragic balcony and stairwell collapses in two apartment buildings several years ago.

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Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed a bill that will establish the Orange County Housing Trust, a public-private effort that’s expected to finance 2,700 units of “supportive housing” for the homeless. The California Apartment Association supported the bill, AB 448, which was introduced by Assemblymembers Tom Daly, D-Anaheim, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Fullerton, and sponsored by the Association of California Cities – Orange County. AB 448 will create a single-purpose joint-powers authority that will serve as convener of all stakeholders and collaborators for the production of supportive housing in Orange County. The bill represents a bipartisan effort to tackle Orange County’s… Read More

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Thanks to CAA, a recently signed law ensuring a tenant’s ability to pay rent through a third party also contains protections for landlords. 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. The California Apartment Association worked with the author, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, to prevent this from happening.

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A CAA-supported bill that would increase high-density housing near San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit stations has reached the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The legislation on Tuesday cleared its final legislative hurdle by passing off the Assembly floor. The bill, AB 2923, would give BART zoning authority on property it owns near transit stations. The BART board recently passed a plan to fully build out BART-owned land around its stations by 2040, which would add more than 20,000 housing units — at least 7,000 of them designated as affordable. BART Director Nick Josefowitz, an outspoken proponent of building mixed-use… Read More

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A bill that would add protections for property owners and tenants who make calls to law enforcement for help is expected to win state Senate approval and head to the governor’s desk this month.

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In the first half of 2018, California lawmakers considered a number of bills that were threatening to the rental housing industry, including proposals to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, impose statewide “just cause” eviction policies, and mandate a training program for landlords. At the same time, legislators considered positive legislation that would boost residential construction, leverage marijuana tax money to confront homelessness, and give renters a boost come tax time.In the paragraphs below, we’ll review some of the best and worst housing-related legislation of the year so far. For the positive bills, we’ll summarize legislation supported by the California… Read More

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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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