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Gov. Gavin Newsom this month signed more than a dozen CAA-backed bills intended to address California’s chronic housing shortage. The bills will help remove local barriers to housing construction, boost incentives for building higher-density affordable housing, and make it easier and cheaper to add second units to residential lots. Gov. Gavin Newsom “We’ve invested more in new housing than at any point in our history, and we have created powerful new tools to incentivize housing production,” Newsom said in this news release.  “Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed a statewide cap on rent increases, a mandatory Section 8 bill, and several other pieces of legislation that will change the way California’s rental housing industry does business in 2020. Here are summaries of five game-changing bills signed by Newsom this week: Statewide rent cap:AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will place an annual 5% plus CPI cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California. The signing of AB 1482, officially the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, marks the most significant policy change for California’s rental housing owners… Read More

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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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The clock is ticking for a number of CAA-backed housing-supply and homelessness bills. After returning from their summer recess this week, lawmakers placed each of the proposals outlined below on suspense file, meaning the legislation has been set aside so it can be considered for its financial impact on the state and may or may not get another hearing before the year is through. The California Apartment Association urges lawmakers to quickly move the following bills out of suspense and back on the path toward Gov. Newsom’s desk. The deadline for legislators to approve bills this year is Sept. 12,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association applauds the governor and state Legislature for approving AB 101, a budget trailer bill expected to make headway against both the housing and homelessness crises. Passed by lawmakers earlier this summer and signed by the governor last week, the bill will provide dollars for housing while imposing penalties against cities that refuse to build their fair share of homes. When lawmakers return from their summer recess Monday, they’ll have an opportunity to build on the strengths of this “carrot and stick” approach to housing production.

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During the first half of 2019, the California Apartment Association fought a deluge of negative rental housing legislation, from statewide rent control to authorized rent strikes.   Below we summarize some of the worst bills of the year and update their status in the Legislature. Let’s start with some of the worst legislative proposals stopped by CAA.

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When Proposition 10 went down in defeat, the rental housing industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. Now, nearly four months after voters overwhelmingly rejected the statewide rent control initiative, a collective gasp may be in order. The California Legislature — where Democrats now hold a super majority in both houses — has introduced hundreds of rental housing-related bills for 2019, the largest such batch in decades. Unfortunately, an alarming number of those proposals would have negative ramifications on rental housing providers. In the paragraphs that follow, we review some of the worst offenders:

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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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