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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.
As expected, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is trying again to create a statewide rental registry. On Tuesday, Wicks introduced AB 2406, which would create a rental registry for all California landlords with more than five units. Last year, the California Apartment Association helped kill a similar bill, AB 724, which had an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants.
Over the objections of CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to draft a permanent rent control ordinance for the county’s unincorporated areas. The ordinance is expected to limit annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation, which is now about 3%. Supervisors instructed staff to return with the ordinance by Nov. 12.
Thanks in part to the efforts of CAA, the Milpitas City Council this week backed away from a proposal to bring impose rent control and “just cause” eviction policies. The council rejected these policies Tuesday after receiving a report from its Tenant Protection Task Force, which included both tenants and property owners. While tenants on the task force demanded rent control and just cause policies, property owners in the group suggested several alternatives, such as conducting educational workshops to help tenants understand their rights under state law, establishing a non-binding mediation program for disputes, and creating a “right to lease”… Read More
Tenant activists Thursday conceded that they’d fallen short in their effort to place rent control on Pasadena’s November ballot. To qualify their measure, rent control advocates faced a May 30 deadline to submit at least 12,982 valid voter signatures. On Thursday, rent control supporters announced a final signature count of 10,224. Supporters of the rent control measure, “The Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Charter Amendment,” filed their initial paperwork for the ballot measure in November. The initiative sought to bring rent control, “just cause” eviction policies and a rent board to the city.
CAA’s months of meetings with the West Hollywood City Council and staff helped thwart a move to require an annual rent registry for owners of market-rate units. Instead of the rent registry, the West Hollywood council opted this week for an alternative proposal that would: Increase tenant landlord outreach Add posting requirements for non-rent-controlled units Ask landlords to provide information on rent increases to prospective tenants Contract with an outside company for yearly analysis of market conditions on rental properties in West Hollywood. City staff will now draft the alternative ordinance. Stay tuned for updates at caanet.org.