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Both the city and county of Los Angeles this week advanced policies that will require landlords to consider applicants who would use Section 8 to help pay their rent.   The ordinances – one for the city of L.A., the other for the county’s unincorporated areas – will prohibit landlords from rejecting applicants based on their use of housing vouchers and other government assistance. Further, the laws will prohibit landlords from advertising that Section 8 is not accepted at their properties.   While the city ordinance is expected to take effect in January 2020, the county has not yet determined an effective date for its… Read More

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Some members of the Los Angeles City Council want to impose a tax on rental housing owners who keep apartments vacant. If the idea gains traction, the council could put an “empty homes penalty” before voters in November 2020.

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As expected, the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday formalized its approval of an ordinance that will effectively cap rent increases at 10% on the city’s older apartment buildings and limit the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. Approval of the second reading came on a 6-3 vote, the same as with last month’s first reading.

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Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the Inglewood City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a permanent rent control ordinance, capping rental increases for most affected apartments at 5% per year.

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Culver City is about to become the latest Southern California community to weigh rent control policies. On Monday, June 24, the City Council is scheduled to discuss a possible freeze on rent increases. In preparation, the California Apartment Association and the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles are holding a joint town hall discussion, Thursday, June 20. Members of both associations are invited to participate in the gathering, which starts at 6 p.m. at the Culver City Rotary Plaza. “Housing providers must come together to get informed and become organized,” said Fred Sutton, CAA vice president of public affairs. “Learn… Read More

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Matthew Buck The California Apartment Association has again expanded its public affairs team in Los Angeles County, better positioning the association to meet the legislative and compliance needs of its members.      Matthew Buck, a veteran government affairs advocate at CAA, was tapped this spring to spearhead the association’s public affairs work in Glendale, Pasadena, Alhambra, West Covina and Pomona. Buck previously headed CAA’s government advocacy programs in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Bringing Buck to L.A. County marks the second time in as many years that CAA has added public affairs resources to the region, which continues to present… Read More

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Tenant activists are again attempting to place a rent control measure before voters in Pasadena. Rent control proponents last month announced they would attempt to qualify an initiative for the November 2020 ballot. Although the measure currently lacks details, tenant activists hope to cap rents at the rate of inflation and include a “just cause” eviction policy in the measure, according to LAist. The Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition is behind the latest effort. The coalition includes five groups: the Pasadena Tenants Union; Socialist Scientists of Pasadena; Affordable Housing Services; American Civil Liberties Union—Southern California; and the Democratic Socialists of America… Read More

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Over CAA’s objections, the Long Beach City Council this week approved an ordinance that effectively caps rent increases at 10% on the city’s older apartment buildings and limits the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. The Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, which advanced Tuesday on a 6-3 vote, contains forms of both rent control and so-called “just cause” eviction policies. The council is expected to formalize approval of the ordinance with a second vote June 11.

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The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to draft an ordinance requiring landlords to consider prospective tenants with Section 8 vouchers.   If ultimately approved, the ordinance could take effect as early as Jan. 1 of next year.  Several other California jurisdictions have passed similar laws, including the city of San Diego, San Francisco, and Marin County, , and Long Beach is now considering such an ordinance.

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After hours of testimony Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to create a “just cause” eviction ordinance, rejecting two years’ worth of negotiations and compromise by the council-appointed Landlord/Tenant Task Force.   Although they sound innocuous, so-called “just cause” ordinances require rental property owners to prove a cause in court or before a political body every time they need to remove a problem resident.  This makes it very difficult to remove tenants who have no regard for their neighbors, destroy the property, and tenants who are involved in illegal activity. As a result, communities suffer the consequences as nuisance conditions are not easily remedied.  

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