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The California Apartment Association has received more time to help fix a rental-inspection program that would cost West Covina landlords exorbitant and unnecessary fees. The City Council had been scheduled to review the item Tuesday, Jan. 21, but postponed the hearing so that CAA can propose changes that would protect responsible property owners. As written, the mandatory program would charge a $71 registration fee, $41 base fee, and an $18-per-unit fee annually to have rental properties inspected by the city’s code enforcement agency. “The proposed ordinance would have increased costs by thousands of dollars annually for CAA members,” said Beverly… Read More

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The California Apartment Association – Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire proudly supports the re-election of Fred Shorett for San Bernardino City Council, 4th Ward, and Carey Davis for mayor. Shorett was elected to the San Bernardino Council in 2009. He is a third-generation San Bernardino resident and small-business owner. He brings more than 30 years of local business experience to the City Council. Shorett is a decorated combat veteran who served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. Davis is a lifelong resident of San Bernardino. He now serves as the corporate controller for a U.S.-based… Read More

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Question: If we serve a three-day notice and the tenant decides to move out, is the tenant responsible to pay the monthly rent until the apartment is leased? Answer: The tenant is still liable for the rent until the lease expires or the apartment is relet, whichever occurs first even if he vacates pursuant to a three-day notice to perform or quit. Question: I have a tenant who decided not to move in after signing a six-month lease and leaving a deposit. Can I hold her to the lease agreement that she signed? Answer:  Once the tenant has signed the… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has helped derail a bill that would have given tenants new avenues to stall the eviction process. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, tried to bring back the legislation as a two-year bill last week, but CAA’s arguments against AB 969 helped stamp out the measure shortly after lawmakers reconvened for 2014. The bill would have encouraged tenants who face eviction to claim retaliation by a landlord  and stop paying the rent.  It also promoted jury trials for eviction cases in courts where juries were not currently being used to decide cases. By law, the eviction process… Read More

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Question: One of our residents threw a wild New Year’s Eve party, causing disturbances to other residents. The police were called, but no arrests were made. They have also been consistently late in paying rent so we have decided to terminate their tenancy. What is the best way of doing this? Answer: If you are on a month-to-month agreement, you can serve the appropriate 30- or 60-day notice (60 if they have been in possession for one year or longer). If not, you would have to prove a breach of the lease or that the disturbances constituted a nuisance which… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s Ask an Attorney seminar series made its Solano County debut this week with a question-and-answer session in Fairfield. The seminar, held Thursday, Jan. 9, provided a venue for members to receive expert input about legal issues that owners and managers commonly face. Rental housing professionals asked about topics such as service animals, medical marijuana, bedbugs and new smoke alarm requirements. The speaker, attorney Brian Rosales, answered questions to clear any confusion and help property managers operate legally. Rosales, for example, urged attendees to inquire carefully regarding a tenant’s need for a service animal. “You cannot ask… Read More

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CAA has begun its campaign against a bill that’s back from last year and could help tenants drag out evictions without paying a penny. Assembly Bill 969 by Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would make it easier for tenants delay evictions in a number of ways — such as claiming retaliation by a landlord and encouraging disgruntled tenants to pursue jury trials. Although successfully opposed by CAA in 2013, the legislation was later designated as a two-year bill. This allowed  Ammiano to revive it as the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session, which began this week. Ammiano’s AB 969, amended… Read More

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In his housing predictions for 2014, Trulia’s chief economist forecasts declining supply and demand for single-family rentals and the opposite for multifamily rentals in urban areas. “Ironically, economic recovery means that the overall homeownership rate will probably decline, as some young adults form their own households as renters,” writes Jed Kolko on the Trulia blog. “Still, the shift in rental activity from suburban single-family to urban apartments would be yet another sign of housing recovery.”

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In a column, California Assemblyman and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly says threats to Proposition 13 — particularly a split roll tax — would eventually cause rent hikes and hurt tenants. “There are no “free lunches,” Donnelly writes in his column. “Someone has to pay. The politicians believe they are sticking it to the income property investors – and this may be true for a year or two, but, eventually all costs get passed on to the tenant.”

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Now that 2014 is here, it’s important that rental housing professionals are familiar with laws that could affect the way they do business. Background In 2013, the California Legislature had 40 freshman lawmakers and a greater number of moderate Democrats – those friendly to business — including 20 in the Assembly and four in the Senate. In 2013, the California Apartment Association reviewed 10,650 bills and took formal positions on 55 of them. By the numbers 2,535: Bills introduced in 2013 4.2: Average amendments to each bill 10,650: Bills reviewed by CAA 121: Bills followed by CAA 55: Bills that… Read More

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