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With COVID-19 having prompted a “shelter in place” order statewide, many Californians are staying at home, doing what they can to protect their own health and the health of others. This period of isolation has brought anxiety, loneliness and boredom. But if you work in property management, why not make the most of the extra time to catch up on some career-building education? Here at the California Apartment Association, we know the pandemic has created financial stress. To help, we’re offering a half-off discount on all our educational and compliance offerings. To take advantage of this offer, just type “AtHome”… Read More

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In response to COVID-19-related financial hardships, the federal government is offering a reprieve on foreclosures for qualifying owners of single-family and multifamily properties. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will be halting all evictions and foreclosures until May 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This moratorium on evictions and foreclosures applies specifically to single-family homes with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a HUD agency that backs affordable home loans issued through private firms. According to HUD, this relief will apply to about 8 million units. For more information, see HUD’s press release on… Read More

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order making it clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak. The California Apartment Association will work diligently to ensure that local governments that pursue such moratoria adopt reasonable measures for both rental property owners and renters and that their policies are consistent with the parameters in the executive order. According to Newsom’s order, such ordinances should spell out that if a tenant cannot pay the rent because of… Read More

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Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent order, issued Thursday, March 19, all residents are ordered to stay at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations for operations of federal critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  CISA has identified the Commercial Facilities Sector as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors.  If you click on the Commercial Facilities Sector link, you will see that this sector includes real estate (e.g., office and apartment buildings, condominiums, mixed use facilities, self-storage). As professionals in the real estate industry, providers of rental housing… Read More

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week urged owners of multifamily housing to share information about coronavirus with residents and employees. CDC fact sheet on coronavirus “While the risk of infections for Americans remains low, we are encouraging multifamily owners and agents, and public housing authorities, to make the information below available to residents,” C. Lamar Seats, deputy assistant secretary for multifamily at HUD, says in this letter. “We further encourage multifamily owners, agents, performance-based contract administrators, FHA lenders, and all stakeholders to make this same information available to their employees.” What you need to know about… Read More

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A number of groups are now demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom immediately suspend all evictions in California, regardless of the reason for terminating the tenancy. Organizations including the ACLU and the Western Center on Law & Poverty say Newsom didn’t go far enough in an executive order on eviction protections and COVID-19. That order, issued Monday, made clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak. In a joint statement, the ACLU, Western Center and Lawyers’ Committee for… Read More

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As you all are likely witnessing, the concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 are having significant economic impacts on businesses and individuals around the state. As a result, many of your residents may be experiencing serious financial hardships, making it difficult for them to meet their rental obligations in a timely fashion. CAA offers a form that may help owners navigate this challenging time while showing compassion for their residents. Form CA-263 is CAA’s payment plan agreement form. It allows residents to remain in their unit while making payments on past due amounts in accordance with a mutually agreeable schedule.… Read More

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A growing number of cities are issuing eviction protections for tenants financially strapped by the coronavirus. Major cities to adopt COVID-19 eviction restrictions include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. For a full list of cities that have approved such measures, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resource page. Local governments considering COVID-19 eviction moratoria range from Anaheim to Fresno to Santa Cruz County. Visit the resource page for other jurisdictions weighing these measures. CAA staff is updating the lists of moratoria each day, so check the resource page regularly. The California Apartment Association continues its work to ensure… Read More

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After Sacramento County issued a “stay at home” directive Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance temporarily banning the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. The ordinance took effect immediately and will run until the governor’s executive order N-28-20 issued Monday terminates May 31, unless it is extended. The ordinance covers all units in the city of Sacramento, states the tenant’s loss of income must be related to COVID-19 and outlines the following wage-loss reasons: The tenant is sick with COVID-19 or has to care for a… Read More

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The coronavirus outbreak presents a health and financial crisis to all Californians. As the virus continues to spread, state and local governments are exploring eviction protections for tenants unable to pay rent because of the outbreak. Already, cities including San Jose, Hayward, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego are expected to adopt temporary eviction bans for tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. On Friday, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced such a ban, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti did likewise Sunday. CAA will update members as more regulations are adopted. And this week, Assemblyman Phil Ting and Sen.… Read More

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