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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

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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.

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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

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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:

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A judge last week ruled that a local rent control initiative belongs on the Burbank city ballot, even though the city’s clerk disqualified the measure just two months ago. In June, Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins rejected the petition because it lacked some legally required wording. Price-control advocates, who had submitted the required number of signatures to qualify the measure, responded with a legal challenge. On Friday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in their favor.

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The Los Angeles Housing Department wants to nearly double an annual inspection fee for apartments in the city. 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. Housing officials say they need the fee increase to pay for Systematic Code Enforcement Program through 2023.

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After hearing from CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors this week agreed to do more research before deciding whether to force its strict eviction control policies on all 88 cities within its boundaries. Supervisors had been scheduled to vote on the matter Tuesday but opted to delay the matter for two weeks.

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If you’re a Los Angeles landlord whose tenants can’t pay the rent because of COVID-19, you may want to refer them to the city. The L.A. City Council has approved a $100 million rent relief fund to help cover the rent of lower-income tenants who’ve been financially hurt by the virus. To qualify for a grant, a tenant must earn 80% of the area median income or less and be able to document an inability to pay the rent because of coronavirus. Only tenants can apply for the subsidies, not landlords. And renters must act quickly. The city will only… Read More

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Los Angeles city residents may eventually vote on a proposed “vacancy tax,” but it won’t be this year. After a letter-writing campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association, the City Council on Wednesday decided unanimously to wait until at least 2022 to place such a tax on the ballot. The tax would apply to owners of property that sits unoccupied for a specified amount of time.

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Over objections from CAA, the city of Los Angeles is rushing to place a “vacancy tax” measure on the November ballot that could create steep tax penalties for landlords with unoccupied units. The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously directed staff lawyers to draft the proposal, which is being modeled after ordinances in Oakland and Vancouver, Canada. On Tuesday, the council is expected to decide whether to place the measure on the ballot — a move that would cost the city at least $12 million.

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