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Oakland’s new ban on criminal background checks during tenant screening has prompted the California Apartment Association to explore its legislative and legal options for providing liability protection to landlords. Under Oakland’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, property owners are prohibited from conducting criminal background checks or asking prospective tenants whether they have a criminal record at any time during the application process.
The city of Oakland has preliminarily approved an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from conducting criminal background checks or asking prospective tenants whether they have a criminal record at any time during the application process. The proposal, officially the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, would also bar rental housing owners from rejecting applicants for tenancy based on criminal records.
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 the city of Alameda. Effective Oct. 18, the city’s “Fair Housing and Tenant Protection Ordinance” 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. The ordinance, approved by the Alameda City Council in September, bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. It also prohibits landlords from rejecting an applicant… Read More
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
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
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
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)
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.
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.