The California Apartment Association today published new forms to help landlords comply with updates to Hayward’s rent control law. As of July 25, 2019, Hayward’s 39-year-old Residential Rent Stabilization and Tenant Protection Ordinance has been amended to do the following: Expand the properties subject to the ordinance. Prohibit harassment and retaliation. Prohibit discrimination based on source of income, including Section 8 vouchers. Limit the reasons for which a tenancy may be terminated, and Establish an annual rent limitation of 5% for “covered units” and a mandatory mediation and binding arbitration program for increases above that threshold. Hayward City Council The… Read More
The clock is ticking for a number of CAA-backed housing-supply and homelessness bills. After returning from their summer recess this week, lawmakers placed each of the proposals outlined below on suspense file, meaning the legislation has been set aside so it can be considered for its financial impact on the state and may or may not get another hearing before the year is through. The California Apartment Association urges lawmakers to quickly move the following bills out of suspense and back on the path toward Gov. Newsom’s desk. The deadline for legislators to approve bills this year is Sept. 12,… Read More
Over the objections of CAA, the San Jose City Council this week moved forward with an ordinance that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants bearing Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.
The Santa Rosa City Council this week postponed voting on an ordinance that would require that landlords consider applicants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.
The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved a rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance that will affect about 44,000 multifamily rental units in the city. The ordinance, accessible here, only applies to multifamily units built before February 1995, as well as downtown single-room residential hotels and mobile home rentals. Single-family and condo units are exempt, as are units owned, operated or subsidized by a government entity.
Despite massive turnout in opposition, the Culver City Council voted this week to impose a 12-month cap on rent increases. The ordinance, approved on a 4-1 vote on Monday, took effect immediately. It limits rent adjustments to 3% and brings both eviction controls and a rent registry to the city.
The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday will consider imposing rent control and “just cause” eviction policies on most of the city’s rental housing. The California Apartment Association urges its members to attend this meeting and speak out against the proposed ordinance, which is described in this city staff report. Jim Lofgren “Sacramento needs an influx of rental housing to keep pace with demand,” said Jim Lofgren, CAA’s senior vice president. “Bringing rent and eviction controls to the city will drive out investment in new housing and exacerbate our housing shortage. It also will leave many rental property owners without the… Read More
Los Angeles County is expected to begin exploring a potential “electrification” policy that could ultimately phase out the use of natural gas for heating apartments and other residential and commercial buildings in unincorporated parts of the county. On Tuesday, L.A. County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl will introduce a motion to research “electrification programs either through new construction or renovation [of] existing building stock.”