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The Chico City Council this week declined to pursue an ordinance that would place restrictions on terminating tenancies and force owners to pay relocation fees. On Tuesday, Chico Councilwoman Ann Schwabe made a motion to place the issue on a future agenda, but it failed to generate support from fellow council members. Members of the California Apartment Association in Chico joined a broad coalition of rental owners, property managers, Realtors, and homebuilders that flooded council members with emails and phone calls voicing opposition.
In 2019, the California Apartment Association will continue to address a wide range of local rental housing issues in the Sacramento Valley. Here are four of the most consequential issues to watch: Rent control ballot measure In the city of Sacramento, an initiative that would implement rent control and strict tenancy-termination restrictions qualified to appear on the ballot sometime in 2020. The next step is for the City Council to decide which ballot will include the measure, with options likely coming down to the March primary or November’s general election. Before acting, the council will review a pending legal opinion… Read More
The Citrus Heights City Council has approved an ordinance establishing a new rental housing inspection program to preserve the aging supply of housing in the city and ensure that owners properly maintain their properties. The California Apartment Association successfully negotiated several changes to the initial proposal resulting in lower fees and the opportunity for self-certification. Citrus Heights has over 15,000 rental units, with 90 percent built prior to 1990. In a report to the council, city staff expressed concern that the rapid building of housing in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in a lack of quality control and the use… 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
Throughout 2018, the California Apartment Association’s Political Action Committee supported numerous candidates for local office in the Sacramento Valley. We are pleased to announce that many of these CAAPAC-backed candidates went on to win their races, both in the June primary and the November general election.
To jumpstart affordable housing construction, the Sacramento City Council this week voted to waive development impact fees on new projects, a move supported by the California Apartment Association and other business organizations. The fee waivers will reduce, for example, the cost of a 200-unit multifamily housing development by as much as $2.6 million, an amount that helps cover the funding lost when redevelopment agencies, a primary source of financing for affordable housing, were eliminated during the recession. “Increasing the supply of affordable housing is the single best approach to solving our housing crisis,” said CAA senior vice president Jim Lofgren.… Read More
Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen presented his Tenant Protection and Relief Act to members attending the CAA Sacramento Valley luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The proposed ordinance would establish a mediation process allowing tenants the option to dispute annual rent increases exceeding 6 percent. It also would require landlords to offer tenants the option of an 18-month lease. Hansen explained that City Councilmen Eric Guerra and Rick Jennings serve as co-authors of the proposal. Like Hansen, they consider the proposal a reasonable alternative to rent control and just-cause tenancy termination restrictions. All three want to protect tenants from arbitrary evictions,… Read More
An initiative to bring rent control to the city of Sacramento has qualified for the March 2020, however, a legal challenge could prevent the measure from ever appearing before voters. Last week, Sacramento election officials announced that rent control proponents had submitted the 36,817 valid voter signatures required to qualify the measure for the next general election.
Election officials will determine by mid-October whether tenant activists collected enough valid voter signatures to place a rent control initiative before Sacramento city voters in 2020. Beginning in March, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Service Employees International Union used paid signature gatherers, volunteers, and their own staff to circulate a petition to place rent control before city voters. Although they missed the deadline to place the initiative on this November’s ballot, they kept collecting signatures in hopes of qualifying their measure for the next general election, now a year and a half away.
During a special housing workshop held on Sept. 4, competing proposals were announced by Sacramento Mayor Steinberg and three members of the City Council. As expected, Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented the framework of his plan to increase housing supply and provide rent relief. The proposal includes rent control that limits annual rent increases to 5 percent, but sunsets after three years. The temporary rent cap would exempt units built prior to 1999 and any units owned by property owners with five or fewer units. If the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act remains in place after the November election, Steinberg’s proposal would… Read More