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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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The rent control movement established a foothold in Southern California. Lawmakers passed a historic package of bills to address the state’s ongoing housing crisis. And one of the state’s most important rental housing laws came under attack. 2017 certainly generated some big headlines for California’s rental housing industry. In the top-10 list below, we summarize the most significant of those stories. To delve deeper into the issues and explore related content, follow the links embedded in each summary. Costa-Hawkins Act comes under attack with legislation, possible ballot measure 2017 saw the beginning of two campaigns to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental… Read More

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A bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that protects property owners from radical forms of rent control, has been scheduled for its first hearing in the state Assembly. On Thursday, Jan. 11, AB 1506 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Los Angeles, will be heard by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. The hearing begins at 9 a.m. at the California State Capitol. Repealing Costa-Hawkins would allow local governments to place rent control on all types of housing — including single-family homes — and forbid owners from resetting rents to market when they have a vacancy.… Read More

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Beginning next year, property management firms and other California employers will want to take a close look at the questions they ask of prospective hires. Under a pair of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, some types of questions will be off-limits during certain portions of the hiring process. With AB 1008 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, it will be illegal for an employer with five or more employees to include on an employment application any question seeking disclosure of an applicant’s criminal history. The bill also will bar employers from asking an applicant about any convictions until the employer… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that aims to ensure tenants know about any flood risk to residential property they are considering to rent. Under AB 646 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, a landlord with “actual knowledge” that his or her property is in a flood-hazard area will have to disclose this information to prospective tenants. Property owners with actual knowledge include those notified by a government agency, as well as owners required to carry flood insurance for the property. Under AB 646, the owner will have to make this disclosure in the rental agreement beginning July 1,… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 5 signed a bill that would crack down on rental property owners who discriminate against tenants based on immigration status. Under AB 291, dubbed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, a landlord could face civil penalties if he or she attempts to influence a tenant to vacate the  dwelling unit or attempts to recover possession of the dwelling unit based on the individual’s immigration status. The legislation, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, offers protections against eviction for tenants whose landlords demand to see Social Security numbers or other validating documents after the landlord previously approved… Read More

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A highly anticipated package of housing bills signed by the governor last week includes key legislation sponsored by the California Apartment Association. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the slate of 15 housing bills Sept. 29 during a ceremony in San Francisco. Important to this package are CAA-sponsored AB 678 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, and a companion bill, SB 167 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley. These bills will help boost California’s supply of housing, which has long lagged behind job and population growth. The legislation adds much-needed teeth to California’s Housing Accountability Act, financially penalizing local governments that arbitrarily deny housing projects… Read More

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