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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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Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1482, landmark legislation that will place an annual cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California.

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In a matter of days, Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign Assembly Bill 1482, legislation that will cap rent increases statewide and become California’s most significant rental housing law in a quarter century.

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Before adjourning for the year early last Saturday morning, California lawmakers approved a number of bills with serious implications for the rental housing industry. Gov. Gavin Newsom In the paragraphs below, we summarize the most significant of those proposals. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has until Oct. 13 to either sign or veto each of the following:

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This year’s statewide rent-cap bill, including a series of amendments secured by CAA, has cleared both houses of the California Legislature and now awaits Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature. The Assembly, which needed to review amendments to the bill, approved the legislation last month on a 48-26 vote with five abstentions. The bill passed off the Senate floor on a 25-10 vote with five abstentions. AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation — which comes to about 8% at present — for much of the state’s multifamily housing… Read More

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A bill that would cap annual rent increases for much of California’s multifamily housing stock now includes significant amendments secured by the California Apartment Association.   The amendments to AB 1482, among other things, would prevent local governments from making the bill’s rent cap any more restrictive. Moreover, the revisions would improve the legislation’s vacancy decontrol and “just cause” for eviction provisions, while shielding new buildings from the cap for five additional years.    The changes follow weeks of around-the-clock negotiations with the office of Gov. Gavin Newsom and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins and were announced last week after the bill advanced from the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has stopped a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction controls across California. On Thursday, AB 1481 died for the year, lacking the votes needed to win full Assembly approval by this week’s deadline.   CAA led a strong grassroots campaign to defeat the bill.

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At its Legislative Conference, the California Apartment Association spent Wednesday morning providing a crash course on the most significant legislation facing the rental housing industry in 2019. By the afternoon, more than 400 rental housing professionals, thoroughly prepped by CAA’s public affairs team, were ready for their walk to the Capitol, where they went from office to office, advocating for their industry in one of the busiest years in recent memory for landlord-tenant legislation.   The program started at 10 a.m. in a sprawling ballroom in the downtown Sacramento Sheraton Grand. Over the next two hours, CAA’s government affairs leaders… Read More

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