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Selling rental properties in California will take significantly longer if a bill introduced this month becomes law. Under AB 1703 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, tenants and certain community groups would have the right to make an offer to buy rental housing before any other prospective buyers.

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Thanks to the work of the California Apartment Association, a bill that emerged from the state Senate on Thursday no longer includes fines of up to $20,000 for violations of AB 1482, the state’s rent cap and eviction-control law. With the penalty provisions included, Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, was unable to garner the votes necessary to move the bill off the Senate floor. After she agreed to strip the steep fine provisions from the bill, SB 1190 won passage. It now heads to the Assembly. As the bill moves to the Assembly, its remaining key provision expands the ability of… Read More

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Legislation unveiled in the California Senate this week would create a voluntary tax credit program to help landlords recoup rent that’s gone unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. To qualify for the credits, a rental owner would need to sign an agreement, pledging to defer rent that’s gone unpaid due to the coronavirus and not to evict the tenant for nonpayment. The tenant also would need to sign the pact.

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A bill that would have allowed tenants to pay their security deposit over six months died on the Assembly floor this week. To move forward this year, AB 3260 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, needed to win approval this week on the Assembly floor. At the urging of the California Apartment Association, lawmakers declined to take up the bill for a vote.

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The California Apartment Association is urging lawmakers to reject a bill that would prohibit landlords from demanding that tenants provide their security deposit in a single, upfront payment.  The proposal, AB 3260 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is now on the Assembly floor, having passed out of the Judiciary Committee last month. 

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The California Apartment Association has stopped legislation that would have created a statewide rental registry and targeted landlords who’ve received government assistance in response to the coronavirus. AB 2406 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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A bill opposed by the California Apartment Association would invite $20,000 fines against landlords for even minor violations of the state’s new rent cap and “just cause” for eviction law. The bill, SB 1190 by Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a 5-1 vote with three abstentions. The legislation now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo The bill would create a penalty system for AB 1482, the intensely negotiated bill that became the Tenant Protection Act of 2019.

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A  bill that would stop Michael Weinstein from using money from his taxpayer-funded AIDS Healthcare Foundation to further his anti-housing agenda has passed its first test in the Assembly. The bill, AB 1938, advanced Monday, May 18, from the Assembly Health Committee on an 11-0 vote with four abstentions. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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The most egregious provision of AB 828 by Assemblyman Phil Ting is gone.    The bill by the San Francisco Democrat no longer mandates that the courts reduce rent by 25%.   Ting removed that rent-cut provision from the bill following a grassroots opposition campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association. This included having members to send more than 55,000 opposition messages to lawmakers.   Assemblyman Phil Ting While rent-reduction provision is out, AB 828 still includes problematic provisions such as:   Requiring very limited proof on the part of the tenant that they faced a COVID hardship in order to stay in the unit;  Protecting nuisance tenants by allowing them to initially ignore the unlawful detainer complaint and remain the unit;  Mandating that rental property owners demonstrate… Read More

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A CAA-sponsored bill designed to lower the property taxes of landlords who’ve suffered financial damages due to COVID-19 has passed out of the Assembly Government and Finance Committee. SB 1431 by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, advanced on a 4-3 vote Thursday and now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Steven Glazer Glazer’s bill would clear the way for landlords to request property tax reassessments based on financial losses attributable to the virus. Specifically, these damages would be calculated by taking into consideration the loss of rent and other tenant protections imposed by governments in response to the outbreak. In response… Read More

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