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CAA has sponsored a Rental Housing Relief Package that would provide emergency assistance to owners and tenants financially injured by COVID-19. These are the only bills in the California Legislature that would provide direct financial resources for both landlords and tenants. SB 1410 (Caballero) – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program – would provide rental payments for tenants unable to pay their rent because of COVID-19 hardships. SB 1431 (Glazer) – Property Reassessment – would allow for an earlier reassessment of residential rental property that’s lost value because of COVID-19 related tenant protections, such as eviction controls and rent freezes. Both bills are… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has stopped legislation that would have created a statewide rental registry and targeted landlords who’ve received government assistance in response to the coronavirus. AB 2406 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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As scary as the economy seems right now, the financial fallout from the COVID-19 crisis won’t cut as deep as the Great Recession did a decade ago. Chris Thornberg Renowned economist Chris Thornberg offered that assessment during last week’s San Diego Rental Housing Outlook.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday extended an executive order from March 16 that cleared the way for local governments to enact COVID-19 related eviction moratoria. The order had been set to expire Sunday but will now remain in effect through July 28. Most locally approved eviction moratoria were set to expire this weekend in line with Newsom’s March executive order. With that order now renewed, local eviction moratoria that were tied to the order also will remain in place. For information on locally imposed eviction moratoria, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resource page at caanet.org/coronavirus. While Newsom extended his March 16 executive… Read More

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A bill opposed by the California Apartment Association would invite $20,000 fines against landlords for even minor violations of the state’s new rent cap and “just cause” for eviction law. The bill, SB 1190 by Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a 5-1 vote with three abstentions. The legislation now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo The bill would create a penalty system for AB 1482, the intensely negotiated bill that became the Tenant Protection Act of 2019.

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A CAA-sponsored bill that would help landlords recover rent lost to the COVID-19 crisis — while also guarding tenants against mountains of rent debt — has passed its first hearing. The Senate Housing Committee on Wednesday approved SB 1410 by Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, on a 10-0 vote. “SB 1410 is critical to the financial security and well being of California’s renters who by no fault of their own, lost or had significant reductions in their incomes as a result of this pandemic,” Caballero told the committee. Sen. Anna Caballero The COVID-19 Emergency Rental… Read More

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Owners of rent controlled housing in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will be hit the hardest under newly approved rental registration fees. The annual fees include $90 for buildings covered by the county’s rent control ordinance and $30 on all other buildings. The county Board of Supervisors approved the charges Tuesday, despite opposition from the California Apartment Association. The fees apply in areas of the county that aren’t in any city jurisdictions.

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A  bill that would stop Michael Weinstein from using money from his taxpayer-funded AIDS Healthcare Foundation to further his anti-housing agenda has passed its first test in the Assembly. The bill, AB 1938, advanced Monday, May 18, from the Assembly Health Committee on an 11-0 vote with four abstentions. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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CALIFORNIA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION’S SAFE AT HOME GUIDELINES Although California is slowly reopening its economy, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create health challenges and financial adversity throughout the state. In response to these lingering difficulties, the California Apartment Association this week extended its Safe at Home Guidelines by one month. Instead of expiring May 31, the guidelines will remain in place through June 30. Landlords are encouraged to: Freeze rents on all residents & pledge to not issue any rent increases. Halt evictions on renters affected by COVID-19, absent extraordinary circumstances. Waive late fees for residents who pay rent after the rent due date… Read More

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The most egregious provision of AB 828 by Assemblyman Phil Ting is gone.    The bill by the San Francisco Democrat no longer mandates that the courts reduce rent by 25%.   Ting removed that rent-cut provision from the bill following a grassroots opposition campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association. This included having members to send more than 55,000 opposition messages to lawmakers.   Assemblyman Phil Ting While rent-reduction provision is out, AB 828 still includes problematic provisions such as:   Requiring very limited proof on the part of the tenant that they faced a COVID hardship in order to stay in the unit;  Protecting nuisance tenants by allowing them to initially ignore the unlawful detainer complaint and remain the unit;  Mandating that rental property owners demonstrate… Read More

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