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With a pandemic, a recession, riots, and wildfires, it’s safe to chalk up 2020 as a horrible year for just about everyone. Landlords certainly had it tough. Unpaid rents, rising vacancies, and unreasonable eviction restrictions made operations extremely challenging. While most of the news was awful, a few things went right. Here are some of the positive developments from 2020.
This Friday, Jan. 31, marks a key deadline: It’s the last day for a two-year bill (legislation introduced but shelved last year) to win passage in the house where it was introduced. So two-year Senate bills must pass off the Senate floor and advance to the Assembly, and two-year Assembly bills must advance to the Senate. The highest-profile bill facing this week’s deadline is Senate Bill 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
The stakes are certainly high this year for California’s rental housing industry. In 2020, we can expect a radical rent control measure back on the statewide ballot, an emboldened tenants’ movement at the state and local level, and the prospects of another blue wave in the California Legislature. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explore these and several other important housing issues to watch in 2020.
On Jan. 1, California landlords will experience a generational shift in the way they do business. The most significant changes come from the implementation of Assembly Bill 1482, a statewide rent-gouging ban and “just cause” for eviction law that will give California the nation’s most stringent statewide tenant safeguards. Other tenant protections starting New Year’s Day include a ban on blanket “No Section 8” policies, an increase in the noticing period for certain rent increases, and a lower security deposit requirement for active members of the U.S. military. In the paragraphs that follow, we’ll summarize these new laws and other… Read More
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
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
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:
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
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.
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.