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Despite fierce opposition from the California Apartment Association, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to impose a rent control law that would limit most rent increases and evictions across the county. The ordinance, approved on a 3-2 preliminary vote, would apply to all cities and the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and would remain in effect until 60 days after Gov. Newsom lifts the stay-at-home order tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a countywide eviction moratorium and rent cap. The California Apartment Association is calling on rental housing providers to oppose the measure, which would apply both in unincorporated areas and within each city. State lawmakers have already passed legislation to prevent evictions during the pandemic, namely the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Moreover, in 2019, the Legislature passed a statewide rent cap via AB 1482. “Adding local rental housing laws on top of newly adopted statewide law creates confusion and undercuts balanced enforcement in… Read More

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Did you know the city of San Diego requires rental housing providers to notify their residents every year about recycling services? Or that the city has its own eviction rules that differ from state law? Operating rental housing in San Diego can be complicated, but the California Apartment Association makes it a whole lot easier. CAA offers the necessary forms and educational materials for landlords to follow San Diego’s unique rules. Below are links to a new series of materials specific to San Diego: Complying with the city’s just-cause eviction ordinance Issue Insight: City of San Diego’s Just Cause Ordinance… Read More

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has joined major newspapers from across California in opposing Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure going before voters Nov. 3. “Rent control is the wrong way to help Californians struggling with housing,” says the editorial, titled No on Prop. 21: Expanding rent control will make California housing crisis worse. “Lawmakers who are juggling a lot during this pandemic need to not lose sight of that. The long-term solution is listening to experts and building new houses.” At this point, almost every major California newspaper has editorialized against Proposition 21. Like its predecessor Prop 10, Prop… Read More

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Speaking to a room full of rental housing VIPs, Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins reiterated her commitment to advancing housing-supply legislation this year and praised the California Apartment Association for its leadership role at the Capitol. “The Legislature and the California Apartment Association have a great relationship,” said Atkins, a Democrat from San Diego. “And my colleagues and I are truly appreciative of the work that you do, and the perspective, frankly, that you bring to policy actions and directions from the state.” Her comments came during the California Apartment Association’s Leadership Dinner the night before the February board… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has issued a background paper and will hold a seminar to help rental housing owners in San Diego comply with a Section 8-related ordinance taking effect in the city effect Aug. 1. The “source of income” ordinance will require landlords to consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The law bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. Moreover, under the ordinance, landlords can no longer reject an applicant based on the… Read More

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Southern California landlords can soon receive increased rebates for installing high-efficiency toilets in qualifying apartments. The boosted rebates are part of an 18-month pilot program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The program, which begins Monday, March 18, aims to replace 10,000 toilets in older multifamily housing and significantly increase water conservation in the region’s disadvantaged communities. The district’s rebate will grow from $40 to $250 for premium high-efficiency models. To qualify, the toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) must be installed in apartments built before 1994. Pre- and post-inspections required. Metropolitan is also providing $1.5 million… Read More

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In the San Diego area, the fall election brought victories for most CAAPAC-supported candidates for local office. Here’s how the local elections broke down: San Diego County In the race for District 4 supervisor, CAAPAC-backed candidate Nathan Fletcher, who is on record opposing rent control, won with 66.54 percent of the vote. With his victory, Fletcher will be the only Democrat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, a trend expected to continue in future elections throughout San Diego County. City of San Diego District 6 Councilman Chris Cate, a pro-business incumbent supported by CAAPAC, won re-election to the… Read More

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A campaign led by the California Apartment Association has defeated a rent control and “just cause” eviction initiative in National City. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 53.9 percent of voters had rejected Measure W, while 46.1 percent voted to approve it. A rent control measure also failed in Santa Cruz.

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The California Apartment Association has helped create a Landlord Advisory Committee to improve the administration of the Section 8 housing voucher program in the city of San Diego. CAA negotiated with city staff to create the Landlord Advisory Committee as the city prepared to mandate that landlords accept Section 8 housing vouchers. Under an ordinance formally adopted Sept. 11 and effective in 2019, rental housing owners in San Diego will be prohibited from rejecting rental applicants based on their use of Section 8. The ordinance will effectively force owners of rental property in San Diego to take part in the… Read More

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