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Thanks to a court ruling today, a draconian local rent control measure will not appear before Sacramento city voters this fall. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Steven M. Gevercer agreed with a lawsuit filed by the city to keep the rent control initiative off the Nov. 3 ballot. Among other things, the city of Sacramento alleged that the rent control initiative would revise the city charter, something that direct initiatives cannot do under the California Constitution. This argument centered on the initiative’s creation of a rent board, which would constitute an independent branch of city government and strip significant power… Read More
The California Apartment Association this month co-hosted a virtual housing summit for multifamily housing developers in the Placer County region. The July 24 meeting attracted elected officials from Placer County, Roseville and Rocklin, as well as city and county staff, and multifamily developers. During the meeting, developers, elected officials, and staff discussed ways to reduce financial and regulatory barriers to market-rate and affordable multifamily housing projects. They also discussed how the region should explore a “right sized” approach to fee schedules for multifamily units, such as possibly using a per-square-foot calculation of fees versus a per-unit calculation. “CAA is committed… Read More
The Davis Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual information session for rental housing providers on Thursday, Aug. 6. The informational session will feature updates from Mallori Spilker, CAA’s vice president of local public affairs; as well as staff from the city of Davis . Mallori Spilker The meeting will focus on rental housing issues, including Davis’ rental-inspection program, fees and statewide rental housing topics. This meeting will be held via Zoom from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Join with the following: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82390071864Dial in: +1 669 900 6833Meeting ID: 823 9007 1864
The California Apartment Association last week joined the city of Sacramento in its lawsuit to keep a draconian rent control initiative off the November 2020 ballot. Like the city, CAA opposes the far-reaching rent control measure, which traces back to 2018, when local tenant activists tried to qualify a rent control initiative for November of that year. Although rent control proponents failed to collect enough signatures for the fall, they kept circulating their petition and ultimately qualified the initiative for the November 2020 election.
The city of Sacramento has filed a lawsuit in hopes of keeping a rent control initiative off November’s ballot and holding a tenant activist to her pledge to drop the measure. Like the city, the California Apartment Association opposes the initiative in question. The measure traces back to 2018, when tenant activists attempted to qualify a rent control initiative for the fall election but failed to collect enough signatures by the deadline. They kept circulating their petition, though, and ultimately qualified the initiative for a future ballot, shifting their attention to 2020.
After Sacramento County issued a “stay at home” directive Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance temporarily banning the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. The ordinance took effect immediately and will run until the governor’s executive order N-28-20 issued Monday terminates May 31, unless it is extended. The ordinance covers all units in the city of Sacramento, states the tenant’s loss of income must be related to COVID-19 and outlines the following wage-loss reasons: The tenant is sick with COVID-19 or has to care for a… Read More
At a “state of housing” event hosted by the California Apartment Association last week, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg doubled down on his opposition to placing a rent control and “just cause” eviction measure on the city ballot. Steinberg also said that AB 1482, the statewide rent cap legislation that took effect Jan. 1, presents a thoughtful approach to preventing price gouging and renter displacement. The mayor was the guest speaker at a CAA issue-briefing breakfast March 6 for a small group of rental owners, property management executives and multifamily developers.
In a decision that could have statewide implications, the California Energy Commission on on Feb. 20 approved an alternative way for developers of low-rise apartment buildings in Sacramento County to comply with the state’s new solar power mandate. As of Jan. 1, state regulations have required that most new homes, including low-rise apartment buildings, be equipped with rooftop solar power.
The Sacramento City Council this month modified its annual limit on rent increases to match the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. On a unanimous vote, the council on Jan. 14 lowered the local rent cap from CPI plus 6% to CPI plus 5% — the same formula used in AB 1482, the statewide rent control law that took effect on Jan. 1.
The Rancho Cordova City Council is expected to approve several changes to its rental housing inspection program, including increases in the fees charged to property owners. The council will consider the increases next month and, if approved, the new fees will be effective for 2020. City staff recommends an increase in the existing rental code-compliance fee from $10 per unit to $16 per unit — the same amount charged by the city of Sacramento and Sacramento County. The city of Citrus Heights charges a fee based on the number of dwelling units at a property, ranging from $17 to $27… Read More