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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.

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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

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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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Long Beach is considering a policy that could ultimately require landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. During a presentation Tuesday, city staff told council members it could adopt source-of-income protections to prevent rental housing owners from rejecting rental applicants based on their use of Section 8. Such ordinances, adopted by local governments including San Diego and Marin County, effectively force owners to take part in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.

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The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to have city staff identify a permanent funding source to combat homelessness and promote affordable housing. Under the proposal from Councilman Rex Richardson, the city will begin exploring potential funding sources. The California Apartment Association has supported such efforts previously, including Measure H in Los Angeles County and Measure HHH in the city of Los Angeles. You can read motion from Councilman Richardson here. If you are interested in the efforts of the city as it relates to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact CAA representative Fred Sutton at… Read More

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The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday declined to put forth a local ballot measure that would update the city’s rent rollback date if the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is repealed. Should Proposition 10 pass and Costa-Hawkins be overturned, the city will instead rely on the Rent Board to adjust the city’s base rent, which remains set at 1978 levels but hasn’t been enforced since Costa-Hawkins became law.

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Rent control proponents announced this week that they have suspended their signature-gathering campaign in Long Beach. Housing Long Beach, the group that was collecting signatures, initially attempted to qualify its rent control measure for the Nov. 6 ballot, but it missed its June 1 deadline to submit more than the 27,000 signatures required to qualify. The group then set its sights on submitting the signatures by the next deadline, July 30, in hopes of qualifying the measure for the March 2020 election. Although cutoff to submit signatures is still a couple weeks away, Housing Long Beach has pulled the plug… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to help stop a temporary rent control ordinance planned for unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda L. Solis are trying to cap rent increases at 3 percent. If the board greenlights their proposal Tuesday, July 31, county staff will return in 60 days with the rent moratorium ordinance for board consideration. If the 3 percent rent cap is ultimately adopted, it would apply for six months but could be extended by the board. County officials have not discussed this proposal with the rental housing industry… Read More

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A rent control measure targeted for Inglewood’s fall ballot has failed to qualify, the city clerk’s office has confirmed. Tenant advocates filed their petition for a rent control measure in October 2017, giving them six months to submit the approximately 10,000 valid voter signatures needed to qualify their measure. In May, proponents submitted 14,000 signatures, however, the city clerk reports that an excessive number of those signatures were invalid, disqualifying the Inglewood Rent Control Petition for the fall ballot. Rent control advocates with the group Uplift Inglewood say they are challenging the disqualification, which is expected to force a review… Read More

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