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In this month’s election, the California Apartment Association’s efforts helped elect candidates to the state Legislature and to city councils who understand the challenges facing the rental housing industry and who will work on balanced, pragmatic solutions to the state’s housing crisis. And, voters overwhelmingly rejected onerous ballot measures that would have restricted the ability to build and maintain affordable homes. Through its political action committees, including CAAPAC, the association backed candidates for state Assembly and state Senate, as well as for local offices across California, who support the rental housing industry and understand the vital role it plays in… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has negotiated a less-burdensome alternative to Assemblyman David Chiu’s AB 1436.    The new bill is AB 3088, dubbed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, and will be in print this afternoon. Over the past week, CAA engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the new legislation.   The new proposal would allow landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill would offer eviction protections… Read More

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The Assembly Judiciary Committee this week approved a bill that would create a voluntary tax credit program to help landlords recoup rent that’s gone unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill, SB 1410 by Sens. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, passed the Judiciary Committee on a 7-3 vote with one abstention. The legislation now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 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… Read More

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The California Apartment Association said it looks forward to working with Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and other Senate leaders to refine a rental-relief proposal unveiled this week. Under the proposal, landlords who voluntarily forgive unpaid rent would receive tax credits to cover their losses. The tax credits would be fully transferable. “During these unprecedented times, we appreciate the Senate Pro Tem’s creative effort to help tenants and rental property owners,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for CAA. “The California Apartment Association is committed to working with the Senate to refine this voluntary program to ensure tenants… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director, mnemeth@caanet.org or (916) 449-6426 The California Apartment Association today said it looks forward to working with Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and other Senate leaders to refine a rental-relief proposal expected to be unveiled this morning. Under the proposal, landlords who voluntarily forgive unpaid rent would receive tax credits to cover their losses. The tax credits would be fully transferable. “During these unprecedented times, we appreciate the Senate Pro Tem’s creative effort to help tenants and rental property owners,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for CAA. “The California Apartment Association… Read More

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CAA members have flooded the inboxes of state lawmakers with requests that they reject a bill that would allow the California courts to cut rents by 25%.  More than 55,000 messages have gone to members of the Senate and Assembly, part of a grassroots public affairs campaign by the California Apartment Association. The messages urged no votes on AB 828 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. They came from rental housing providers, vendors that serve the industry, and attorneys who practice landlord-tenant law.  “While I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty for many Californians,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association this week sponsored a legislative proposal that would help both landlords and renters endure the financial difficulties brought on by COVID-19. Under SB 1410 by Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, the state of California would make direct rental payments to help tenants who cannot afford to pay their rent.  SB 1410 would cover at least 80% of unpaid rent attributable to the pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought frightening and uncertain times, leaving many Californians with health challenges and economic difficulties,” said Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president for state public affairs. “Sen. Gonzalez has offered… Read More

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The coronavirus outbreak presents a health and financial crisis to all Californians. As the virus continues to spread, state and local governments are exploring eviction protections for tenants unable to pay rent because of the outbreak. Already, cities including San Jose, Hayward, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego are expected to adopt temporary eviction bans for tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. On Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced such a ban, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti did likewise Sunday. CAA will update members as more regulations are adopted. And this week, Assemblyman Phil Ting and Sen.… Read More

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Speaking to a room full of rental housing VIPs, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins reiterated her commitment to advancing housing-supply legislation this year and praised the California Apartment Association for its leadership role at the Capitol. “The Legislature and the California Apartment Association have a great relationship,” said Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “And my colleagues and I are truly appreciative of the work that you do, and the perspective, frankly, that you bring to policy actions and directions from the state.” Her comments came during the California Apartment Association’s Leadership Dinner the night before the February board… Read More

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Senate Bill 50, this year’s most significant legislative attempt to address California’s housing shortage, died last week on the Senate floor.  The proposal by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, failed to garner the 21 votes needed to move from the Senate floor to the Assembly by Friday’s deadline.  

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