News: Los AngelesFilter
A settlement agreement surrounding RecycLA, Los Angeles’ beleaguered waste-hauling franchise system, would fail to bring much-needed relief to multifamily housing owners in Los Angeles, says Beverly Kenworthy, vice president of public affairs fore CAA Los Angeles. The settlement agreement is between the Bureau of Sanitation and the six exclusive franchise haulers, ending a 15-month dispute, the L.A. Times reported. Since the program was rolled out in 2017, members of the California Apartment Association have seen a dramatic decline in service, including multiple missed pick-ups, while rates have soared by as much as 400 percent.
Although CAA has secured several positive changes to a rental housing ordinance under consideration in Glendale, a worrisome relocation-fee component remains in the proposal. The City Council introduced the ordinance Tuesday night and is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 12 meeting. Although characterized as a “right to a lease” ordinance, the measure included a number of other elements that concerned the California Apartment Association. The council has agreed to remove: A rent registry. A mandatory mediation program. An increase to current no-cause eviction relocation fees. Still in the ordinance, however, are relocation fees… Read More
Owners of rental housing in unincorporated Los Angeles County can now access a digital toolkit for help navigating a temporary rent control ordinance approved late last year. This online resource comes from Los Angeles County’s Department of Consumer and Business Affairs, which is responsible for enforcing the interim ordinance. Visit rent.lacounty.gov to access the toolkit, which contains information for property owners and renters, as well as details about the ordinance and news updates.
Tenant advocates demanded rent control at this week’s Inglewood City Council meeting, but the city’s mayor said the policy isn’t the best path forward, pointing to Santa Monica as evidence. Outside groups and a small number of renter activists staged a mobilization during Tuesday’s council meeting, calling for both rent caps and “just cause” eviction measures.
The city of Long Beach continues to tackle numerous housing policies with major implications for rental property owners. In the paragraphs below, we highlight issues that have prompted the involvement of the California Apartment Association and that will continue to unfold in 2019. To advocate for sound housing policy in the coming year, CAA will need abroad coalition of support. If you have an interest in Long Beach and would like to receive further updates on CAA efforts in the city, sign up here. Homeless Task Force On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the City Council received recommendations from Long Beach Mayor Robert… Read More
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
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.
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
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
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.