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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director, firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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
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
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
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.
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: