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Thanks to the California Apartment Association, a new ban on smoking in Foster City apartment communities will have little impact on landlords. On a 3-2 vote, the City Council passed an anti-smoking ordinance June 2 that will prohibit the activity inside apartments and common areas. The ban includes e-cigarettes. The city had originally decided to exclude apartments from its smoking prohibitions, but faced with mounting pressure from public health advocates and tenants, the council reconsidered its position. CAA Tri-County immediately began months of negotiations with the city to minimize effects and eliminate liability for rental property owners. Thanks to these… Read More

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Proposed changes to warning requirements under Proposition 65 fail to clarify when signs are needed and pose unnecessary burdens and risks to the rental housing industry, the California Apartment Association said this month. These are among the sentiments in CAA’s June 9 comments to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), regarding the agency’s pre-regulatory proposal to change the warnings required under Prop 65. CAA’s comments also ask that its members be permitted to continue using current Prop 65 warning signs, which differ only slightly from those proposed by OEHHA. Extensive comments were also submitted by the California Chamber… Read More

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Question: We evicted one of our tenants and obtained a monetary judgment. Now we find that they have moved to Arizona. Can I collect against them since they moved out of state? Answer: If you have a judgment against a former tenant and they move out of state, you can have the judgment recognized by that state as a valid judgment, which would allow you to proceed to levy against their bank accounts or garnish their wages in the state where they now live. Question: Can an owner/property manager require that a tenant secure renter’s insurance? Answer: Yes, to protect… Read More

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UPDATE: Leno quits pushing for anti-Ellis Act bill  Before a room brimming with property-rights advocates, an Assembly committee Wednesday rejected Sen. Mark Leno’s anti-Ellis Act bill. The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee voted 4-3 on June 18 against Senate Bill 1439, possibly sinking the legislation for good. Helping derail Leno’s bill today were dozens of San Franciscans, many holding up neon paper signs condemning SB 1439. The committee also heard from the California Apartment Association, as well as a landlord whose rights would be undermined by Leno’s proposal. Despite being amended after narrowly passing the Senate last month, SB… Read More

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Despite recent amendments, Sen. Mark Leno’s anti-Ellis Act bill remains an attack on landlords’ property rights as it heads to its first Assembly committee Wednesday, June 18. * Leno promised changes to SB 1439 on May 29 in a last-minute push to resuscitate the legislation, which failed the previous day on the Senate floor. The bill is now scheduled to be heard Wednesday by the Housing and Community Development Committee. The California Apartment Association vehemently opposes the amended bill, which still would force many rental property owners in San Francisco to wait at least five years before removing their units… Read More

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CAA Greater Fresno held its third annual Reverse Trade Show on Tuesday, June 10, at the Ramada Inn in Fresno. This event is a twist on the traditional trade show, with property management companies as the exhibitors and industry partner members as the attendees. Sixteen local property management companies served as exhibitors, bringing key decision-makers from operations, marketing and maintenance departments. Industry partner members had five appointments with companies they pre-selected, each lasting eight minutes. Twenty-three industry partner members participated at this business networking event. “The CAA Greater Fresno Reverse Trade Show provided a great opportunity to learn more about… Read More

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Question: After serving a three-day notice to pay rent or quit, does the day of service count towards the three-day period? Answer: The first day of service does not count towards the three-day period. The first day to count is the day after service of the notice was completed. The tenant must have three full days after service before filing the summons and complaint. Question: May I demand a late charge in a three-day notice to pay rent or quit? Answer: No. Do not demand any other fees or charges other than the tenant’s past due rent in a three-day… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has helped remove the sticker shock from a bill intended to bring more electric-vehicle charging stations to multi-family parking lots. When AB 2565 was first introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, it would have required that rental property owners with more than 50 parking spaces dedicate at least 1 percent of the spots to electric vehicles — and pay to install the equipment. The cost is roughly $6,500 to $15,000 per station. Following negotiations between all interested parties, however, the bill would now require that tenants both request and pay for charging stations – and related… Read More

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CAA has changed its position on a bill that encourages gardening on rental properties after the author weeded out some problematic elements of the legislation. Originally, AB 2561 by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, would have forced landlords to allow tenants to participate in gardening in portable containers in private areas of rentals. This included balconies, where potted plants can drip water onto units and patios below, causing a nuisance to neighbors. CAA members worried about possible water damage and pests.  Following extensive negotiations, however, the assemblyman agreed to all of the California Apartment Association’s requested changes, prompting CAA this week… Read More

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On July 1, California’s minimum wage will increase from $8 to $9 an hour. It will increase again on Jan. 1, 2016, to $10/hour. These are the first increases since 2008. The lodging credit, which may be used to meet the minimum wage obligation for employees required to live on-site, will also increase. Minimum wage Lodging credit (one person) Lodging credit (couple) Current $8 $451.89 $668.46 July 1, 2014 $9 $508.38 $752.02 Jan. 1, 2016 $10 $564.81 $835.49 If you are paying minimum wage or using the lodging credit, update your agreement today. While you are automatically required to pay… Read More

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