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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper as well as forms to help rental housing owners comply with the city of Alameda’s rent control program. With respect to certain “covered properties,” the program includes rent control provisions that apply to rent increases effective after Sept. 1, 2019. With respect to “non-covered” properties, the program provides for non-binding review of rent increases in excess of 5% and optional review of rent increases of 5% or less. CAA has created forms to provide the proper notice of those rent increases. The city will consider additional amendments to the program… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the honorees from this month’s 16th annual Greater East Bay GEMM Awards. On Aug. 15, more than 500 multifamily professionals gathered at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville to recognize those who have demonstrated exemplary professionalism, leadership, expertise and community impact within the rental housing industry. CAA, along with RHA Serving Southern Alameda County, presented GEMM awards in 15 categories. And the winners are: Category: Rising StarHonoree: Elyse Jacquez, First Point Management Group Category: Leasing Professional of the Year Honoree: Jeankaylyn Ebreo, Greystar Category: Maintenance Service Member of the Year Honoree: Edwin Lopez,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in Hayward. Effective Thursday, July 25, the city’s “source of income protection” law requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. Hayward City Council Last month, the Hayward City Council updated its 39-year-old rent stabilization ordinance and added provisions that ban blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. The new ordinance… Read More

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In a victory for the apartment industry, the Fremont City Council on Tuesday opted against using rent control or just-cause eviction policies to address rising rents.

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The Fremont City Council on Tuesday will hear a consultant’s report and staff recommendations on rent control and other policy options for addressing rising rents in the city. The Rental Housing Association of Southern Alameda County, a chapter of CAA, is urging its members to attend the meeting and speak out against the draconian, unnecessary policies being considered. In addition to rent control, the consultant’s report examines “just cause” eviction policies and possible revisions to the city’s existing rent mediation program. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 11 at City Hall, 3300 Capitol Ave. Following recommendations from city… Read More

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On a 3-2 vote, the Alameda City Council early Wednesday decided to draft just-cause eviction policies. The city attorney will now write amendments to the city’s rent ordinance, adding to existing eviction controls. The city also has a binding-arbitration policy for rent increases over 5 percent. The council is expected to hold a formal hearing on the just-cause provisions in mid-June. Related content: Renters in Alameda win ‘just cause’ eviction protections (East Bay Times, May 17)

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After facing aggressive opposition from CAA, a  measure to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Alameda has failed passage at the ballot box. Ballots cast to approve Measure M1 garnered just 34 percent of the vote. Rent control measures also failed in San Mateo and Burlingame, although they passed in Mountain View and Richmond.

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Voters on Tuesday rejected strict rent control laws in Burlingame, San Mateo and Alameda but approved them in Richmond and Mountain View. All five measures proposing rent control faced strong opposition from local property owners, homeowners, businesses, real estate groups and the California Apartment Association. In Burlingame and Alameda, voters rejected rent control by a roughly 2-1 margin. Ballots cast in favor of Burlingame’s Measure R garnered 33 percent of the vote, while yes votes for Alameda’s M1 earned 34 percent. In San Mateo, the rent control measure also failed decidedly, with Measure Q receiving just 39 percent approval.

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The past two weeks have brought some positive developments in efforts to protect Alameda property owners from the ill effects of rent control and related policies. Just this Tuesday, local rental owners and members of the California Apartment Association helped persuade the Alameda City Council to back away from plans to make landlords subsidize the city’s new binding arbitration ordinance, a form of rent control it approved earlier this year. The council had been expected to levy a $130-per unit annual fee on rental property owners. But after hearing from local CAA members, officials agreed to wait until city staff… Read More

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Over strong objections from the California Apartment Association, the Alameda City Council has given preliminary approval to a rent ordinance that includes binding arbitration to settle rent disputes. Under Alameda’s ordinance, owners must justify rent increases over 5 percent through a mediation process. Should this process fail, rent disputes will be decided during binding arbitration, which is effectively a form of rent control. With binding arbitration, the city — not the owner or free market — is placed in charge of how much rents can go up. Following this week’s tentative approval, the council will take a second and final… Read More

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