Question: Is the procedure for evicting a tenant from a garage any different than for a tenant who lives in a residential unit? Is delivering a notice to a post office box legally acceptable? Answer: The eviction process is the same. The notice should be mailed to the post office box and another copy attached to the door of the garage the same day. Even though it may not be delivered, send another notice via mail, same day to the garage, since the code literally requires mailing and posting to the rented premises. Question: Is there any way to impose… Read More
With a rent control hearing looming at the Capitol, the Sacramento City Council last month postponed its own hearing on landlord-tenant policies. The council had been scheduled to hold a second hearing April 23 on the proposed Residential Rental Mediation Program, which is intended to address high rents while housing supply catches up with demand. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, however, moved to postpone the hearing in light of two rent control bills scheduled to be weighed at the state Capitol later that week. Steinberg suggested that the robust discussions surrounding AB 1489 and AB 36 could have a significant impact on local landlord-tenant policies. The… Read More
Despite opposition from CAA, a pair of “just cause” for eviction bills advanced this week from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bills, AB 1481 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and AB 1697 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord, have now gone to the Assembly floor. Both Grayson’s and Bonta’s proposals would limit evictions to certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, a substantial breach of the lease, or use of the property for illegal activity. Proving criminal activity, however, often requires testimony from third‐party witnesses who may be reluctant to come forward.
Do you manage an apartment building constructed after July 1, 2015? If so, the California Air Resources Board wants to hear from you. The agency is conducting a survey on electric-vehicle charging stations at newer multifamily buildings. Since July 2015, the state green code has required that all new single-family homes and a percentage of parking spaces at new multifamily buildings be ready to accommodate EV charging stations. Among other things, this includes providing the necessary electrical infrastructure to accommodate an EV charging station. Now, the state air-quality agency wants to know how many of those new EV-ready parking spaces at new multifamily buildings have been converted to… Read More
A bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers advanced this week from the Senate Judiciary Committee. SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program. Sen. Holly Mitchell The bill now moves to the Appropriations Committee.
Question: We have a one-year lease with a tenant that will expire in four months. If we sell the house now, and the buyer wants to move in, would we be able to break the lease? Answer: The buyer “steps into the shoes” of the seller and the lease is binding upon the new owner. Question: I served a three-day notice on my tenants, and they paid $300 of the $1,050 that was due. Do I have to serve another three-day notice to start the eviction? Should I have accepted payment?
Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testifies against AB 1482. Photos by Bob Knapik A bill that would apply rent control and price-gouging protections statewide advanced today from its first committee hearing, while a second rent control proposal stalled amid strong opposition from CAA. Assemlyman David Chiu The Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development approved AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, the committee chairman, on a 6 to 1 vote with one abstention.
A tenant-unionizing bill is being expanded to allow California tenants to withhold payment in protest when a landlord raises the rent beyond the rate of inflation. Under an amendment to SB 529 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, a rent increase above the consumer price index is listed as a qualifying “grievance” to go on a rent strike without risking eviction. The amendment was added Tuesday during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo Debra Carlton, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs, testified that the new element to SB 529 amounts to rent control.… Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, email@example.com Less than six months after Proposition 10 went down in crushing defeat, Michael Weinstein is again attempting to bring extreme forms of rent control back to California, a move that would decimate the supply of housing for California’s working-class families. Weinstein’s convoluted proposal takes a counterproductive approach to California’s housing crisis and undermines Gov. Newsom’s pledge to build 3.5 million housing units by 2025. “This past November, California voters of all political stripes rejected Proposition 10 by an overwhelming margin,” said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment… Read More
Question: A new tenant signed a six-month lease. Now, he claims he feels unsafe because of an incident at the property and wants to terminate the lease. The tenant claims he has a 72-hour period to rescind the lease after it is executed. Is this true? Answer: There is no 72-hour right of rescission for residential leases. Question: One of my two tenants on the lease moved out due to a job transfer. The remaining tenant would like to stay and pay the entire amount. Do I need to write up a new lease or simply prepare an addendum stating… Read More