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Despite fierce opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to impose a rent control law that would limit most rent increases and evictions across the county. The ordinance, approved on a 3-2 preliminary vote, would apply to all cities and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and would remain in effect until 60 days after Gov. Newsom lifts the stay-at-home order tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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After hearing from members of the California Apartment Association, the Downey City Council this week unanimously rejected a local rent control proposal. Earlier this week, local rental housing providers, spearheaded by CAA, emailed City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb and urged them to reject local rent control.

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The California Apartment Association this week published compliance materials to help housing providers navigate San Jose’s new rent-freeze ordinance. On Feb. 2, the San Jose City Council unanimously prohibited rent increases for residents in rent-controlled apartments who have experienced COVID-related financial hardships. The ordinance will run through June 30 unless extended. To qualify for the rent freeze, these residents must give their landlords a declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress. CAA members will find links to the proper forms for the declarations in the association’s newly updated Industry Insight: City of San Jose Moratorium on Evictions & Rent Increases. Note,… Read More

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Courts should not allow the government to use previous infringements on private property rights as a justification for further infringements. That is the central argument in a brief filed jointly by the California Apartment Association and San Francisco Apartment Association. The brief supports a lawsuit filed by the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) and Rent Stabilization Association (RSA) – groups that, like CAA, represent the interests of rental property owners – challenging 2019 amendments to New York City’s rent control law.

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The California Apartment Association has defeated an initiative in Tuesday’s election that would have imposed rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Burbank. As of Wednesday morning, Burbank voters had rejected Measure RC with 63.5% of the vote. By stopping Measure RC, CAA has protected Burbank’s rental housing industry from a severe form of rent control tied to inflation on pre-1995 multifamily housing. Among other things, Measure RC threatened to:  Roll rents back to September 2019 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 1% floor and 4% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls. Establish a rent commission to oversee the rental… Read More

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After facing aggressive opposition from the California Apartment Association, a draconian initiative to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Sacramento has failed passage. In Tuesday’s election, 61.8% of voters rejected the initiative, Measure C. By defeating Measure C, CAA has protected Sacramento’s rental housing industry from San Francisco-style rent control and just-cause eviction protections. Among other things, Measure C threatened to: Roll rents back to February 2018 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 2% floor and 5% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls and relocation assistance for no-fault evictions. Establish an elected rent board to oversee the rental… Read More

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More than 100 elected leaders from throughout California this week announced their opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure going before California voters in the Nov. 3 statewide election. The list of officials opposing radical rent control measure includes county supervisors, mayors, city council members, city clerks and board members. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop 21 could result in a decline in property values which in turn would result in the potential loss of tax revenue. Prop 21 also could result in “tens of millions of dollars per year” in increased costs to local government. Like… Read More

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The Sacramento Bee this weekend urged voters to reject Measure C, the local rent control measure on the city of Sacramento’s Nov. 3 ballot. The newspaper notes that Measure C should not even be appearing before city voters. Last year, rent control proponents promised to withdraw their measure from the ballot if the city Council were to adopt is own rent control ordinance.  But when the city did just that in summer 2019, only two of the three proponents kept their commitment and submitted withdrawal letters; a third, Michelle Pariset of Public Advocates, did not, leaving the rent control initiative in… Read More

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Besides weighing in on Proposition 21, residents in two California cities will get to vote on local rent control initiatives, too. In the Nov. 3 election, voters in Sacramento and Burbank will decide the fate of Measures C and RC, respectively.

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The California Apartment Association’s Los Angeles County staff this week briefed Burbank’s independent rental operators about Measure RC, the city’s 2020 rent control ballot initiative. During the online meeting, CAA staff sought to inform and engage the audience and rally their support for the “No on RC” campaign. The meeting covered the most restrictive components of the measure, such as limiting annual rent increases to CPI (0.7% earlier this year), $20,000 tenant relocation fees and the removal of vacancy decontrol should Proposition 21 also pass in the Nov. 3 general election.

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