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A CAA-opposed bill that would apply rent control across California will receive its first hearing in the state Senate next month. On Tuesday, July 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. The bill surfaced despite the overwhelming defeat of Proposition 10, a statewide rent control bill on last November’s ballot. AB 1482 would apply rent control to all types of housing in every city and county in California.

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The California Apartment Association has stopped a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction controls across California. On Thursday, AB 1481 died for the year, lacking the votes needed to win full Assembly approval by this week’s deadline.   CAA led a strong grassroots campaign to defeat the bill.

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At its Legislative Conference, the California Apartment Association spent Wednesday morning providing a crash course on the most significant legislation facing the rental housing industry in 2019. By the afternoon, more than 400 rental housing professionals, thoroughly prepped by CAA’s public affairs team, were ready for their walk to the Capitol, where they went from office to office, advocating for their industry in one of the busiest years in recent memory for landlord-tenant legislation.   The program started at 10 a.m. in a sprawling ballroom in the downtown Sacramento Sheraton Grand. Over the next two hours, CAA’s government affairs leaders… Read More

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The California state Senate has approved a bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. Sen. Holly Mitchell SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, passed off the Senate floor Thursday with 24 yes votes, 11 no votes and three abstentions. The bill, now heading to the Assembly, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program.

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CAA was successful in stopping a bill that would have established a statewide rental registry with an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants.   AB 724 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died when it failed to pass out of the Appropriations Committee by Thursday’s deadline.   Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks As amended, the proposal sought to create a rental housing registry for all California properties with more than 16 units.   Each year, owners of units in these properties would have been forced to report a variety of data to the Department of Housing and Community Development, such as the size of… Read More

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A bill approved by the California Assembly this week would outlaw the use of a common type of rat poison, making it more difficult to control rodent populations around rental housing and other buildings. The California Apartment Association opposes the bill, AB 1788 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, which would prohibit the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Pest control companies use this tool to manage rodents around businesses, homes, apartments, and other places where people eat, sleep, play and live. Rodenticides protect Californians from the spread of diseases, such as hantavirus and typhus.

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Despite opposition from CAA, a pair of “just cause” for eviction bills advanced this week from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bills, AB 1481 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and AB 1697 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, have now gone to the Assembly floor. Both Grayson’s and Bonta’s proposals would limit evictions to certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, a substantial breach of the lease, or use of the property for illegal activity. Proving criminal activity, however, often requires testimony from third‐party witnesses who may be reluctant to come forward.

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A bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers advanced this week from the Senate Judiciary Committee.   SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program.  Sen. Holly Mitchell The bill now moves to the Appropriations Committee. 

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Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testifies against AB 1482. Photos by Bob Knapik A bill that would apply rent control and price-gouging protections statewide advanced today from its first committee hearing, while a second rent control proposal stalled amid strong opposition from CAA. Assemlyman David Chiu The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, the committee chairman, on a 6 to 1 vote with one abstention.

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A tenant-unionizing bill is being expanded to allow California tenants to withhold payment in protest when a landlord raises the rent beyond the rate of inflation.   Under an amendment to SB 529 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, a rent increase above the consumer price index is listed as a qualifying “grievance” to go on a rent strike without risking eviction. The amendment was added Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testified that the new element to SB 529 amounts to rent control.… Read More

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