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Talk about a newsy year for California’s rental housing industry. 2018 brought the rise and fall of Proposition 10, some sensible approaches to the state’s housing shortage, and another round of devastating wildfires accompanied by protections against rent gouging. Although last year is history,  2018’s biggest stories will continue to unfold in the months to come. In the paragraphs below, we focus on half-a-dozen rental housing stories with statewide implications — and make a few predictions to boot. Statewide rent control proposals defeated

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Numerous laws taking effect on New Year’s Day will impact the way rental housing providers do business in California. To help you prepare, we’ve summarized 10 of the most significant of those new laws in the paragraphs below. For information on other rental housing-related laws coming up in 2019, check out CAA’s New Laws Webinar. Safety at the property Balcony inspections: SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will require periodic inspections of certain apartment balconies, stairwells and other elevated structures. This law came in response to tragic balcony and stairwell collapses in two apartment buildings several years ago.… Read More

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One bill proposes rent control, although details are lacking The first set of bills have been introduced at the state Capitol, and as expected, there is no shortage of housing bills, including a proposal to “stabilize rents.” Although the bills were unveiled this month, no action on the proposals will occur until 2019. The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Committee will do a full review of the bills after the holidays. In the meantime, here is an overview: Rent control AB 36 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, aims to enact legislation to stabilize rental prices. No details are yet included… Read More

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In a flurry of activity before adjourning for the year on Aug. 31, California lawmakers approved a number of CAA-supported bills intended to boost the state’s housing supply. In the paragraphs that follow, we summarize the most significant of those housing-supply proposals. Gov. Jerry Brown has until the end of this month to sign or veto the following:

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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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