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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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In Southern California, a majority of the local candidates supported by the California Apartment Association’s Political Action Committee emerged victorious in the June primary. South Bay —  Long Beach and Torrance In Long Beach, CAAPAC-supported City Council incumbents Stacy Mungo and Roberto Uranga won their primary run-off races for the District 5 and District 7 seats, respectively. Long Beach is not only a priority because of its considerable amount of rental housing, but for its regional significance — being the second largest city in Los Angeles County and the seventh largest city in the state. The city is also fighting… Read More

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A proposed rent control measure for Long Beach won’t appear before voters in the fall, but the measure could still qualify for a later election. Housing Long Beach missed its June 1 deadline to submit more than the 27,000 signatures required to qualify the initiative for the city’s November 2018 ballot. Rent control advocates, however, vowed to keep circulating their petition, and if they file the required number of signatures by July 30, the measure could still appear on a later ballot, likely in March 2020. The Housing Long Beach measure would limit annual rent increases to the rate of… Read More

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