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The California Apartment Association is working to protect ethical landlords from being unfairly punished under separate “anti-harassment” ordinances moving forward in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Los Angeles proposal aims to prevent landlords from taking a variety of steps considered by the city to be harassment, such as threatening to report a tenant to immigration authorities, refusing to accept lawful rent payments from a tenant, or retaliating against a renter for participating in a tenants union. Already, a robust state law protects tenants from harassment, and CAA is working to ensure that no ordinance can be misused for frivolous… Read More
The city of Glendale has allowed its COVID-19 freeze on rent increases to expire and has revised its rent-repayment schedule to align with state law. Late last month, the City Council voted to sunset its temporary rent cap as of Oct. 31. The order prohibited rent increases for the city’s pre-1995 apartments during the coronavirus pandemic.
The California Apartment Association has defeated an initiative in Tuesday’s election that would have imposed rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Burbank. As of Wednesday morning, Burbank voters had rejected Measure RC with 63.5% of the vote. By stopping Measure RC, CAA has protected Burbank’s rental housing industry from a severe form of rent control tied to inflation on pre-1995 multifamily housing. Among other things, Measure RC threatened to: Roll rents back to September 2019 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 1% floor and 4% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls. Establish a rent commission to oversee the rental… Read More
The Los Angeles City Council this week postponed a decision that could nearly double the city’s annual apartment inspection fee. The council had been scheduled to vote on the proposed fee increase Wednesday. The delay came after CAA recently issued a letter outlining its opposition to the proposed fee hike. Among other things, the letter pointed to the poor timing of raising fees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city agreed to revisit the matter at an undetermined date. At issue is whether the council should authorize the Housing Department to raise the code enforcement fee from $43.32 to $81.59 per… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s Los Angeles County staff this week briefed Burbank’s independent rental operators about Measure RC, the city’s 2020 rent control ballot initiative. During the online meeting, CAA staff sought to inform and engage the audience and rally their support for the “No on RC” campaign. The meeting covered the most restrictive components of the measure, such as limiting annual rent increases to CPI (0.7% earlier this year), $20,000 tenant relocation fees and the removal of vacancy decontrol should Proposition 21 also pass in the Nov. 3 general election.
Although Culver City approved a rent control ordinance this week, it won’t be quite as stringent as first proposed. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday to approve the ordinance on a first reading. The council is expected to formalize its approval of the ordinance with a second reading Sept. 28, making Culver City one of roughly 20 jurisdictions in California with long-term local rent control laws. Click for chart. CAA also is reviewing a citizens’ ballot measure appearing before voters this November, Measure B, that would require voter approval of rent control.
The California Apartment Association is calling on its members in Culver City to oppose a permanent rent control ordinance up for consideration this coming Monday. If adopted, Culver City’s ordinance would become one of the strictest rent control measures in California. CAA has asked its members in the Los Angeles suburb to send emails to Culver City’s mayor and council detailing the myriad problems with the ordinance. Among other things, the measure would: Peg allowable rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Establish rent registry requirements annually and upon a new tenancy. Remove owner protections in the for-cause provisions provided… Read More
The California Apartment Association has issued a letter outlining its opposition to a proposal that would nearly double an annual inspection fee for apartments in the city of Los Angeles. The Housing Department seeks permission from the City Council to raise the code enforcement fee from $43.32 to $81.59 per unit per year.
The Culver City Council on Sept. 21 is expected to review a draft of a draconian local rent control ordinance being considered for permanent adoption. If ultimately approved, the measure would become one of the worst rent control ordinances in California. The California Apartment Association opposes the upcoming ordinance, which includes onerous policies such as: Pegging allowable rent increases to the Consumer Price Index. Establishing rent registry requirements annually and upon a new tenancy. Removing owner protections in the for-cause provisions provided under AB 1482, the statewide rent cap and just cause legislation that took effect Jan. 1. While the… Read More
If Culver City continues on its current path, it could soon have one of the worst rent control ordinances in California. Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the City Council this week advanced onerous regulations for the upcoming ordinance such as: