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California lawmakers returned from their summer recess this week and are now in the home stretch of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Before they adjourn Aug. 31, however, the California Apartment Association is urging them to approve a number of bills that would help alleviate the state’s ongoing housing shortage.

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In the first half of 2018, California lawmakers considered a number of bills that were threatening to the rental housing industry, including proposals to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, impose statewide “just cause” eviction policies, and mandate a training program for landlords. At the same time, legislators considered positive legislation that would boost residential construction, leverage marijuana tax money to confront homelessness, and give renters a boost come tax time.In the paragraphs below, we’ll review some of the best and worst housing-related legislation of the year so far. For the positive bills, we’ll summarize legislation supported by the California… Read More

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Lawmakers last week introduced a plethora of rental housing-related bills, including legislation that would double the renters’ tax credit, mandate training for landlords, and help remove gun-owning tenants from apartment buildings. These are just some of the landlord-tenant related proposals introduced before the Feb 16 legislative filing deadline. The tax credit bill, SB 1182 by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would increase the credit to $120 for renters filing their taxes as individuals and $240 for joint filers. It would be the first increase in the credit since 1979. “This increase is long overdue,” Glazer said in a statement. “The… Read More

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The rent control movement established a foothold in Southern California. Lawmakers passed a historic package of bills to address the state’s ongoing housing crisis. And one of the state’s most important rental housing laws came under attack. 2017 certainly generated some big headlines for California’s rental housing industry. In the top-10 list below, we summarize the most significant of those stories. To delve deeper into the issues and explore related content, follow the links embedded in each summary. Costa-Hawkins Act comes under attack with legislation, possible ballot measure

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Come Jan. 1, 2018, numerous laws relevant to the rental housing industry will take effect in California. In the paragraphs below, we summarize the most significant of these laws for the state’s rental property owners and managers. IMMIGRATION STATUS Targeting discrimination: Under AB 291, dubbed the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act, a landlord could face civil penalties if he or she attempts to influence a tenant to vacate the  dwelling unit or attempts to recover possession of the dwelling unit based on the individual’s immigration status.

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The California Legislature has passed a package of CAA-endorsed and sponsored bills intended to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Gov. Jerry Brown will have until Oct. 15 to sign or veto the bills. The legislative package seeks to remove regulatory hurdles to residential development — a key to fixing the state’s jobs-to-housing imbalance. The package also seeks ongoing funding sources for affordable housing programs, including a bond measure and fee on certain real estate transactions. “Today we took a step toward addressing a housing crisis that has been plaguing California for years,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, said Thursday,… Read More

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Lawmakers this year introduced more than a dozen bills that the California Apartment Association deemed threatening to the rental housing industry. Below you’ll find summaries of some of the worst housing legislation of 2017 and the status of each bill in the legislative process. Bill seeks to repeal Costa-Hawkins, the law that protects owners from extreme forms of rent control AB 1506 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would repeal the state law known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, giving all cities and counties the ability to impose rent control ordinances without limits. Costa-Hawkins has protected California from extreme… Read More

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In 2017, solving California’s housing crisis remained a top goal of the state Legislature. The result? More than 130 housing-related bills in the first half of the year. The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Steering Committee examined each of these proposals —  and CAA’s public affairs staff helped advance the best of them. Here are some notable examples of 2017 bills intended to solve California’s housing crisis and the status of each: Making sure communities build their fair share of housing AB 678 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, would financially penalize local governments that deny housing permits in violation of… Read More

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All three housing-production bills sponsored by CAA this year have now won approval in the state Assembly and have advanced to the Senate, taking them roughly halfway to the governor’s desk. The latest victory for CAA-sponsored bills came May 30, as the Assembly passed AB 943 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles. This bill would raise the voter threshold for passing no-growth measures in California cities. Its approval came just days before the June 2 deadline for legislation to pass out of its house of origin. Each of CAA’s housing-production bills is intended to increase the state’s housing stock, helping… Read More

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Lawmakers have introduced a bill to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, landmark legislation that exempts new construction and single-family homes from local rent control laws. AB 1506 was introduced Friday, Feb. 17, the last day to propose bills in the California Legislature for 2017. Assemblymen Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica; Rob Bonta, D-Oakland; and David Chiu, D-San Francisco, authored the proposal with Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, as a co-author. Anticipating this bill, the California Apartment Association already has begun efforts to defeat it. Should AB 1506 succeed and Costa-Hawkins be repealed, each city and county in California would have… Read More

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