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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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Starting in 2019, all rental property owners in the city of San Diego will be required to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. The mandate comes under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the San Diego City Council. The policy change requires landlords to consider for tenancy all people with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay rent using Section 8. While the California Apartment Association encourages voluntary acceptance of federal housing vouchers, it opposes legislation that mandates their acceptance.

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An initiative that would bring rent control to National City, a municipality in San Diego County, has qualified for November’s ballot. The San Diego County Registrar of Voters confirmed this week that the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance (accessible here) will be officially slated for November’s ballot.  The push for rent control in National City is being driven by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. The California Apartment Association is fully engaged in a campaign to defeat the measure and has retained a campaign consultant with expertise specific to National City. “Along with coalition partners, ranging… Read More

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Rent control activists in National City on Thursday submitted signatures in hopes of placing a rent control measure before voters this November. Signatures filed at City Hall numbered more than 3,500, more than enough to qualify the initiative. The petition must now undergo a signature count and verification process. If enough valid voter signatures were collected, the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance (accessible here) will be officially slated for November’s ballot. The ballot measure would create a rent board funded by annual landlord fees, cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation and impose “just… Read More

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Although not on the agenda, arguments over rent control dominated the discussion Wednesday at a San Diego City Council committee meeting. Scores of public speakers – both for and against rent control – appeared before the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, which includes four City Council members. The meeting was designed to focus on anti-displacement, Section 8 vouchers and issues surrounding the expiration of San Diego’s affordable housing stock. That didn’t matter to San Diego Tenants United, a media-savvy but hastily organized tenant-advocacy group that took an aggressive stance in hijacking part of Wednesday’s discussion.

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An effort to place rent control before National City voters this November has entered the signature-gathering phase. The city attorney for National City recently gave petitioners the green light to begin circulating a petition for a measure titled the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance.

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