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Glendale’s mayor and some council members have expressed interest in pursuing a rent control ordinance and have directed city staffers to draft a report on the policy. The direction comes as the Glendale Tenants Union applies intense pressure on the council to cap city rents. The union shifted its attention to City Hall after twice failing to place a rent control initiative before voters.

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The California Apartment Association is exploring its options after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to establish a temporary rent control measure for unincorporated areas of the county. Based on Tuesday’s 4-1 vote, county officials will return in 60 days with an ordinance that includes: A maximum rent increase amount of 3 percent annually for rental properties in the county’s unincorporated areas, except for those properties that are statutorily exempt from rent control. A term of six months from the date of adoption with options to extend the interim ordinance as necessary. A base rent using rent levels… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is mobilizing its members and coalition partners to help stop a temporary rent control measure from coming to unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to pursue a temporary 3 percent rent cap for areas of the county that fall outside city jurisdictions. Click here to read the motion by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis and here to see Tuesday’s agenda.

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Long Beach is considering a policy that could ultimately require landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. During a presentation Tuesday, city staff told council members it could adopt source-of-income protections to prevent rental housing owners from rejecting rental applicants based on their use of Section 8. Such ordinances, adopted by local governments including San Diego and Marin County, effectively force owners to take part in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.

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Tenant activists in Glendale this week turned in less than half of the signatures required to place a rent control measure before city voters, prompting the city clerk to reject the initiative. Rent control proponents on Monday submitted 3,988 signatures but needed 10,529 to trigger the signature-verification stage for the proposed ballot measure. “The CA Elections Code requires a specific number of minimum signatures for us to move ahead to the next steps of this process,” Ardy Kassakhian, the city clerk, said in a news release. “The initiators of this effort did not meet that threshold, and therefore this specific… Read More

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Los Angeles County supervisors have pulled a temporary rent control ordinance from next week’s meeting agenda. Supervisors had been scheduled to consider a moratorium on rent increases over 3 percent in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, however, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl had the item removed from Tuesday’s lineup. Rather than enacting a rent freeze, the supervisor has decided to bring the proposal back to city staff and is expecting a report in the coming weeks. The California Apartment Association has been mobilizing members to oppose the temporary rent cap.

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The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday declined to put forth a local ballot measure that would update the city’s rent rollback date if the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is repealed. Should Proposition 10 pass and Costa-Hawkins be overturned, the city will instead rely on the Rent Board to adjust the city’s base rent, which remains set at 1978 levels but hasn’t been enforced since Costa-Hawkins became law.

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Rent control proponents announced this week that they have suspended their signature-gathering campaign in Long Beach. Housing Long Beach, the group that was collecting signatures, initially attempted to qualify its rent control measure for the Nov. 6 ballot, but it missed its June 1 deadline to submit more than the 27,000 signatures required to qualify. The group then set its sights on submitting the signatures by the next deadline, July 30, in hopes of qualifying the measure for the March 2020 election. Although cutoff to submit signatures is still a couple weeks away, Housing Long Beach has pulled the plug… Read More

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Have you received an incorrect waste-hauling bill? Have there been missed trash collections at your property or business? Chances are, if you live or work in the city of Los Angeles, you have experienced your own trash nightmare with the city’s waste-hauling franchise system, RecyclLA. To help fix a wide range of problems with RecyclLA, the California Apartment Association has joined a new coalition, FixRecycLA, and is calling on L.A. rental housing providers to share their experiences with the trash-collection program. In 2017, the city of Los Angeles launched the RecycLA program. The program divided the city into different zones… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to help stop a temporary rent control ordinance planned for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis are trying to cap rent increases at 3 percent. If the board greenlights their proposal Tuesday, July 31, county staff will return in 60 days with the rent moratorium ordinance for board consideration. If the 3 percent rent cap is ultimately adopted, it would apply for six months but could be extended by the board. County officials have not discussed this proposal with the rental housing industry… Read More

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