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The California Apartment Association has challenged the city of Santa Ana and Contra Costa County for violating the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Both jurisdictions, citing tenant hardships caused by COVID-19, imposed bans on rent increases, however, these prohibitions conflict with state law. The Santa Ana rent freeze applies to all tenants and all housing, regardless of housing type or age. The Contra Costa County ban failed to exempt newer units, which is a required under Costa-Hawkins. These moves violate Costa-Hawkins, which prohibits local governments from imposing rent control on single-family homes and condominiums and on apartments built after 1995.… Read More

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The Concord City Council plans to eliminate its Rent Review Program this summer, saying the nonbinding mediation program is no longer needed given the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. The council on Feb. 11 also expressed an interest in increasing relocation assistance for no-fault evictions, as well as mandating that landlords offer one-year leases. A proposal to apply AB 1482’s “just cause” for eviction policies at the beginning of a tenancy, instead of after one year, failed to move forward.

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The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the honorees from this month’s 16th annual Greater East Bay GEMM Awards. On Aug. 15, more than 500 multifamily professionals gathered at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville to recognize those who have demonstrated exemplary professionalism, leadership, expertise and community impact within the rental housing industry. CAA, along with RHA Serving Southern Alameda County, presented GEMM awards in 15 categories. And the winners are: Category: Rising StarHonoree: Elyse Jacquez, First Point Management Group Category: Leasing Professional of the Year Honoree: Jeankaylyn Ebreo, Greystar Category: Maintenance Service Member of the Year Honoree: Edwin Lopez,… Read More

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A coalition led by CAA — including  local businesses, the real estate sector, homeowners and other community members – has qualified a referendum on El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance. To qualify the referendum, petitioners needed to submit 1,631 valid voter signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk. On Thursday, the Contra County registrar of voters confirmed the success of that effort, counting 1,993 valid signatures.

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A grassroots campaign led by the California Apartment Association has stopped a “just cause” eviction policy, a rent moratorium, and an unreasonable new trigger for mediation from coming to Concord.  

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to speak out against a package of landlord-tenant proposals that would bring rent and eviction controls to the city of Concord.  CAA asks that rental housing providers speak out at the Concord City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 19, and email council members today.  At Wednesday’s meeting, the council will vote on the following:   “Just cause” eviction ordinance: limits your ability to regain possession of your property or evict problem tenants.  Tenant relocation fee: a forced payment to the tenant of up to three times the market rent if you don’t renew a lease.  Binding arbitration: a mandatory requirement for you to justify rent… Read More

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A referendum filed with the support of the California Apartment Association, Contra Costa, will prevent El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance from taking effect next week. Working with hundreds of local property owners, the business community, real estate leaders and concerned citizens, CAA submitted a petition on behalf of local residents with at least 2,159 signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk, considerably more than the 1,631 valid voter signatures needed to qualify the referendum. 

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The California Apartment Association is exploring its options after the El Cerrito City Council on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a “just cause” for eviction ordinance on a 3-2 vote. Council members Janet Abelson and Gabe Quinto voted against the ordinance. A proposal to create a rent registry also won approval on a 4-1 vote, with Quinto dissenting. The council must formalize approval of the measures with a second vote, expected on May 21. In the meantime, CAA is evaluating all avenues for a reconsideration.   The path leading to this week’s preliminary approval of just cause began with a… Read More

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More than 100 rental housing providers crowded El Cerrito’s City Council chambers this week to oppose a trio of policy proposals that threaten their investments. The California Apartment Association mobilized rental housing owners and operators to attend the Feb. 19 study session, which explored proposed policies including “just cause” eviction restrictions, a rent-triggered tenant relocation fee, and a rent registry. After hearing more than 3 1/2 hours of public comment — most of it coming from concerned rental housing providers — the council postponed further discussion and any action on the proposals to its March 5 meeting.

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The California Apartment Association is urging its members to attend the El Cerrito City Council meeting next week, where officials will consider “just cause” eviction policies and other onerous proposals. The City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, will hold a study session on policies including: Just Cause Eviction Ordinance: limits a landlord’s ability to regain possession of the property or evict problem tenants. Tenant Relocation Fee: forces payment to the tenant of up to five times the market rent if the rent is raised beyond a certain threshold and the tenant moves as a result of the rent increase. Rent… Read More

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