News: Greater FresnoFilter
The city of Fresno will waive inspection fees for landlords when apartment checkups resume next month following a nearly six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council voted 7-0 Thursday to restart residential interior inspections using virtual technology. Inspections have been suspended since March to prevent the spread of coronavirus to both renters and city staff.
Thanks to the efforts of the California Apartment Association, a proposal to implement a permanent “just cause” for eviction ordinance, and impose it at the beginning of tenancies, failed to move forward Tuesday. The proposal would have gone further than AB 1482, the upcoming state law that applies its just-cause provisions only after tenants have been in place for a fixed amount of time. After hearing from CAA members, the council opted to adopt a temporary just-cause stopgap measure until AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1. Unlike the permanent proposal, the stopgap measure will expire at the end of this… Read More
The city of Fresno next week will begin levying harsher penalties against landlords who chronically violate city codes at their rental properties. The steeper fines, which go into effect Nov. 11, are reserved for property owners with more than 10 citations in one year — a distinction that will earn them the label of “serial violator.”
Landlords at the 2019 California Landlords’ Summit on Homelessness last week pledged 84 units toward housing Kern County’s homeless population. The pledge builds on the success of last year’s inaugural summit, which saw 60 units committed. More than 300 landlords, property managers, and other rental housing industry professionals attended this year’s event, held June 20 in Bakersfield. The Income Property Association of Kern, a chapter of the California Apartment Association, organized the event with the help of CAA, Adventist Health Bakersfield, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, and the Housing Authority of the County of Kern. Ted Iturriria, a Bakersfield-based… Read More
The California Apartment Association has partnered with the Fresno-based nonprofit A Reading Heart to install mini-libraries in CAA-member properties. A Reading Heart is a book-donation program dedicated to serving children in areas with limited access to books. At 1 p.m. Monday, June 25, CAA and A Reading Heart will celebrate the opening of a mini-library at the Kings View Estates rental community at 2705 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Fresno. “CAA is pleased to partner with a wonderful local charity to provide books and promote literacy to children in our community”, said Greg Terzakis, CAA’s senior vice president for… Read More
In response to storms and flooding last month, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday proclaimed a state of emergency that covers most of the Central Valley. Brown’s declaration activates the state’s anti-price gouging law, which bans rent increases exceeding 10 percent while a state of emergency is in effect. The declaration was issued for Amador, Fresno, Kern, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne counties.
A CAA-supported program to help address substandard housing issues in Fresno is up and running with an online rental registry. Beginning next week, the city of Fresno will mail letters to all rental properties within the city limits asking that they register their properties within 30 days. This can be done online at fresno.gov/rentalhousing or via a form included with the letter. The registry is part of the Rental Housing Improvement Act, or RHIA. Mayor Lee Brand wrote the ordinance, taking into account the concerns of the California Apartment Association.
The California Apartment Association, the state’s leading trade group for the rental housing industry, has tapped Greg Terzakis as senior vice president of its newly created Central California region. CAA’s Central California region covers a large swath of the Central Valley, from San Joaquin County to Tulare County.