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Over the objections of CAA, the Glendale City Council this week approved a temporary cap on rent increases. The interim rent control measure, which applies to pre-1995 multifamily housing, takes effect Dec. 27 and expires Feb. 27, 2019, although the City Council may extend it. The measure will roll back rents to whatever rate was charged as of Sept. 18 of this year. Annual rent increases will then be capped at 5 percent while the city’s rent freeze is in place. For tenancies that start after Sept. 18, rents may not increase by more than 5 percent above the initial… Read More

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Long Beach is crafting a proposal that would require all new residential developments to include a certain percentage of affordable housing. The city will seek public comment on the inclusionary housing proposal during meetings scheduled for Dec. 5 and Dec. 8. These meetings result from council direction earlier this year to boost the inventory of units dedicated to low-income individuals and families. CAA encourages members interested in this subject to attend the upcoming meetings and provide feedback. To view a flier on the community meetings, click here.

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After several community meetings, the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will review options for regulating short-term rentals, including those promoted with online home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway. All three options being considered on Dec. 4 have multifamily implications and would require operators of short-term rentals to register with the city. Each option, however, also includes a provision to allow rental housing providers to opt out of the program by deciding upfront not to allow short-term rentals on their properties. Option 2, which is recommended by city staff, deals with short-term rentals in two types of units —… Read More

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If your company is helping victims of California’s wildfires, we’d like to hear about it. As you know, recent wildfires, including the most destructive wildfire in state history, have consumed thousands of California homes, displaced scores of families, and created a massive need for housing assistance and other help. As members of the rental housing industry aid in the recovery effort, we’d like to highlight that assistance on our website. Our hope is to create a one-stop resource page where fire victims, including displaced renters, can find the help they need. Types of assistance might include: Offering short-term leases Waiving… Read More

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As fires continue to rage in Northern and Southern California, protections against price gouging — including rent increases above 10 percent — have been extended to one year. An executive order Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown keeps the price-gouging protections in place until Nov. 8, 2019. The order names Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, however, the protections may apply anywhere in California with a spike in consumer demand. The protections, originally set to expire after 30 days, have been in effect since Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom last week declared states of emergency for the three counties.

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During a hearing packed with housing providers Tuesday, the Glendale City Council requested staff to create a temporary rent cap with a maximum annual increase of 5 percent.

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Over the objections of CAA, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a temporary rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county. The interim rent control measure affects about 50,000 pre-1995 apartments located in areas outside the 88 city jurisdictions within the county. The ordinance 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… Read More

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Wildfires raging in Northern and Southern California have prompted states of emergency for Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties, triggering the state’s anti-price-gouging law and banning rent increases over 10 percent. Last Thursday, Acting Gov. Gain Newsom declared the state of emergency in Butte County in response to the Camp Fire, which has burned 130,000 acres, destroyed nearly 9,000 structures and killed at least 48 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in California history. Last Friday, Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for Ventura and L.A counties in response to the Hill and Woolsey fires. The emergency declarations trigger the state’s… Read More

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The Beverly Hills City Council this month voted to immediately expand “just cause” eviction constraints to its entire rent controlled housing stock.

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After more than a year of discussion, the city of Santa Barbara has drafted proposed ordinances that could require rental housing providers to offer leases to prospective tenants, and in some cases, relocation assistance to displaced renters. First drafts of the ordinances were presented this week to the Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee.

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