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Question: Where can I find CAA’s just-cause termination notice form? Answer: This has been a common question on CAA’s Landlord Helpline, given that the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) requires landlords to provide residents with a “just cause” when they terminate a tenancy. The just-cause requirement applies to all tenancies — even those not covered by the just-cause provisions of AB 1482, the new statewide rent cap law. For example, CTRA provides just-cause protections to tenants no matter how long they’ve lived in a unit, while AB 1482 limits just-cause protections to residents in place for a year… Read More

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The city of Glendale has allowed its COVID-19 freeze on rent increases to expire and has revised its rent-repayment schedule to align with state law. Late last month, the City Council voted to sunset its temporary rent cap as of Oct. 31. The order prohibited rent increases for the city’s pre-1995 apartments during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Several months into the pandemic, COVID-19 has spawned 40 million cases across the globe and caused one million deaths. In the U.S. alone, a quarter-million coronavirus fatalities are expected by year’s end. Also in the U.S., gross domestic product sank 11% from the fourth quarter to the second quarter — the biggest drop in economic activity ever seen in the United States. At one point, the unemployment rate approached 15%. Renowned economist Christopher Thornberg reviewed these “eye-popping” numbers Wednesday during the California Apartment Association’s Orange County Outlook 2020 virtual event.

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The city of Davis has unveiled a grant program to support residents at risk of displacement due to non-payment of rent related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Tenant Based Rental Assistance Grant Program also aims to offset corresponding lost revenue experienced by landlords. Funds are being awarded to Davis rental households on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of a complete application. Yolo County has issued a similar program in support of the unincorporated and the other incorporated areas of Yolo County. The program provides a one-time rent and utilities relief grant directly to landlords on behalf of low-income… Read More

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Costa Mesa has become the latest city in Orange County to launch a rental assistance program to help tenants affected by COVID-19. The California Apartment Association helped the city of Costa Mesa with the effort, which won City Council approval on Oct. 6. “I commend Mayor Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa City Council, and Assistant City Manager Susan Price for putting this program together,” said Victor Cao, local vice president of public affairs for CAA. “This is much-needed relief for both tenants and independent rental owners.” In addition to its work in Costa Mesa, CAA has partnered with Anaheim, Irvine and… Read More

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Non-payment filings can begin for tenants without coronavirus hardships California’s Judicial Council has approved three new forms and one revised form for use in eviction cases governed under the newly signed COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. The policymaking body of the California courts approved the forms Friday. The new and revised forms will assist courts in implementing the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, or CTRA, which prohibits the eviction of renters who claim COVID-related hardships. At the same time, the law specifically provides clearance for the court to proceed with unlawful detainer actions, the legal term for evictions, against tenants… Read More

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After hearing from CAA and its members, Contra Costa County supervisors this week rejected a proposal that would have banned at-fault evictions and expanded the county’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium to tenants who violate their lease. The 4-1 vote Tuesday came after four hours of public debate, including an overwhelming number of public testimonies from rental housing providers.

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The California Apartment Association has published an Industry Insights paper with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. On Aug. 31, the state Legislature and governor approved AB 3088, immediately implementing the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, or CTRA. The urgency measure established sweeping protections against eviction for tenants financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has spurred numerous questions from rental property owners throughout California. Here are just a few of the roughly 40 questions answered in the FAQ: My rental property is a single-family home. Is it exempt from… Read More

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California landlords have until Wednesday, Sept. 30, to provide an informational notice to certain tenants who’ve missed rental payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The requirement comes from the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which the state Legislature passed as Assembly Bill 3088 on Aug. 31. The COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act, or CTRA, provides certain protections to residents who are unable to pay rent or other charges for one or more months between March 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021 because they have experienced COVID-19-related financial distress, such as a loss of income or increased medical expenses. CTRA requires landlords… Read More

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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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