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For the third straight year, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks has proposed legislation that would force rental housing providers to register their properties with the government. Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks

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Legislation introduced last week aims to tax property owners for the “privilege” of providing rental homes and create a searchable database of certain rental properties.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed a bill that will use $2.6 billion in federal funds to pay landlords up to 80% of rent owed by qualifying tenants with COVID-19 financial hardships.  The legislation, SB 91, won overwhelming bipartisan approval Thursday in both houses of the Legislature. SB 91 will use federal funds to pay up to 80% of a tenant’s back rent accumulated between April 1 of last year and March 31, 2021. A landlord who accepts the money will have to forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period. If the landlord refuses this arrangement, the maximum subsidy drops… Read More

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The California Legislature today approved a bill that will use $2.6 billion in federal funds to pay landlords up to 80% of rent owed by qualifying tenants with COVID-19 financial hardships.  SB 91 passed the Senate on a 34-0 vote and the Assembly on a 71-1 vote. Gov. Newsom is expected to sign the legislation shortly. SB 91 will use federal funds to pay up to 80% of a tenant’s back rent accumulated between April 1 of last year and March 31, 2021. A landlord who accepts the money will have to forgive the remaining unpaid rent for that period.… Read More

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With a pandemic, a recession, riots, and wildfires, it’s safe to chalk up 2020 as a horrible year for just about everyone.   Landlords certainly had it tough. Unpaid rents, rising vacancies, and unreasonable eviction restrictions made operations extremely challenging. While most of the news was awful, a few things went right.   Here are some of the positive developments from 2020.  

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California lawmakers introduced a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will likely include more details before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year.  Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which passed as AB 3088 this summer and is… Read More

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California lawmakers are introducing a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before current eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a new surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will initially lack much detail but can be fleshed out before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year.  Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which… Read More

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Under a Wednesday deadline to sign or veto legislation this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved a number of bills that will impact the rental housing industry and housing production going forward. Gov. Gavin Newsom Below, we summarize the most significant of the housing bills signed this week:

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After the passage of AB 3088 this week, the California Apartment Association reached out to local elected officials throughout the state to make sure they’re aware of the law and how it works in their communities. CAA’s local vice presidents sent emails to dozens of mayors, city council members and county supervisors after the Legislature approved, and the governor signed, AB 3088 — or the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. “CAA believes this bill signed by the governor provides guidance to the courts on how to move forward with protecting tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID-19,” says… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, legislation that prohibits the eviction of renters with genuine COVID-related hardships but reopens the unlawful-detainer process for tenants who cause problems at the property. The legislation, AB 3088, was signed into law shortly after passing the Assembly on a vote of 61-8 with 10 abstentions. Earlier Monday, the bill cleared the Senate on a 33-2 vote with five abstentions. The law took effect immediately. The California Apartment Association engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the bill, which offers… Read More

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