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Amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday once again closed indoor fitness centers — including those in apartment communities — in many parts of California. These closures apply to counties that have appeared on the County Monitoring List for three consecutive days. A list of those counties can be found about halfway down this page. In impacted counties, fitness centers must be shut down unless they can be modified to operate outside. For more information about COVID-19 and its impacts on the rental housing business, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resources page or its page about reopening efforts.

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If you’re a Los Angeles landlord whose tenants can’t pay the rent because of COVID-19, you may want to refer them to the city. The L.A. City Council has approved a $100 million rent relief fund to help cover the rent of lower-income tenants who’ve been financially hurt by the virus. To qualify for a grant, a tenant must earn 80% of the area median income or less and be able to document an inability to pay the rent because of coronavirus. Only tenants can apply for the subsidies, not landlords. And renters must act quickly. The city will only… Read More

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Debra Carlton Joshua Howard In the fifth edition of the CAA Podcast, Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs, and Joshua Howard, the association’s executive vice president of local public affairs, discuss the many problems with AB 1436, which would force landlords to defer rents for possibly years on end for tenants who’ve been unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here

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The California Apartment Association has asked Bay Area health officers to adopt a uniform set of guidelines for the opening of pools, gyms, and other amenities at apartment communities. In a letter to area health officers, CAA points out that recently published guidelines for reopening swimming pools have differed from county to county, which can lead to confusion when rolling out reopening rules at the rental property. This is especially true of companies that manage properties in multiple jurisdictions.

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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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The California Apartment Association has filed letters urging a state appellate court to accept two cases that directly challenge the Judicial Council’s rules prohibiting nearly all evictions.  Both cases involve tenants who did not pay rent well before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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California courts are expected to begin processing unlawful-detainer actions again in roughly two months. The Judicial Council of California will decide by Wednesday whether to let its suspension of evictions expire Aug. 3. The council’s eviction suspension took effect in April in response to the coronavirus and its financial impacts on renters. The council’s anticipated decision this week comes as California begins a phased reopening, and courts restore services shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Housing policy decisions are usually left to the state Legislature, which was unable to hold sessions during the statewide shelter-in-place order,” Judge Marla Anderson, chairwoman… Read More

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Whitney Prout In the fourth edition of the CAA Podcast, the association’s policy and compliance counsel, Whitney Prout, discusses Gov. Newsom’s latest executive order on evictions, as well as other COVID-19 related evictions rules still in effect in California.. Listen here More CAA podcasts What landlords should know as California slowly reopens Bills to help landlords, tenants during COVID-19 crisis Tom Bannon on positive and negative COVID-19 legislation

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday extended an executive order from March 16 that cleared the way for local governments to enact COVID-19 related eviction moratoria. The order had been set to expire Sunday but will now remain in effect through July 28. Most locally approved eviction moratoria were set to expire this weekend in line with Newsom’s March executive order. With that order now renewed, local eviction moratoria that were tied to the order also will remain in place. For information on locally imposed eviction moratoria, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resource page at caanet.org/coronavirus. While Newsom extended his March 16 executive… Read More

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A CAA-sponsored bill that would help landlords recover rent lost to the COVID-19 crisis — while also guarding tenants against mountains of rent debt — has passed its first hearing. The Senate Housing Committee on Wednesday approved SB 1410 by Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, on a 10-0 vote. “SB 1410 is critical to the financial security and well being of California’s renters who by no fault of their own, lost or had significant reductions in their incomes as a result of this pandemic,” Caballero told the committee. Sen. Anna Caballero The COVID-19 Emergency Rental… Read More

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