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Over the past week, the California Apartment Association has negotiated more positive amendments into Sen. Lois Wolk’s bill on water sub-meters, resolving one of the rental housing industry’s biggest concerns: penalties. Under new changes to SB 750, all penalty provisions have been removed. Those terms would have imposed attorneys’ fees and penalties against landlords and their billing agents if they failed to follow the provisions of Wolk’s sub-meter legislation, even if minor missteps were made. In addition, the author has agreed to extend the sub-meter installation requirement for an additional year – to 2016. Moreover, the parties have agreed to… Read More

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The city of Los Angeles may soon begin a study to inventory “soft story” apartment buildings — ones in which the ground floor may not be strong enough to support upper levels during a major earthquake, the L.A Times reported Wednesday, Aug. 21. Locating and counting these vulnerable structures could lay the groundwork for an eventual proposal to require seismic retrofitting on soft story buildings in L.A. The push comes as the 20-year anniversary of the Northridge quake approaches. The 1994 temblor destroyed or seriously damaged roughly 200 soft story buildings, according to the Times story. If Los Angeles ultimately… Read More

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After receiving roughly three truck loads worth of donations, the California Apartment Association has wrapped up its collection drive for victims of an arson fire Aug. 18 in San Bernardino. During the two-week donation drive, the AAGIE office collected an assortment of clothes, toys, food, furniture, gift cards and more. The items are helping four women and 13 children who lost everything. The fire started in an unoccupied duplex before expanding to a pair of apartment buildings. Authorities arrested 30-year-old transient Allen Simms in connection with the blaze, the San Bernadino County Sun reported. CAA’s Inland Empire Division worked closely… Read More

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While the California Apartment Association helped prevent any split roll legislation from becoming law this year, threats to Proposition 13 are manifesting themselves beyond the Capitol. Groups including ReFund LA Coalition and California Calls, both with strong union ties, are working to undermine Prop. 13, which limits property tax increases by basing them on the initial assessed value. A split roll would allow counties to reassess rental and commercial property annually based on current market value, potentially costing California rental housing providers billions of dollars in new taxes. In 2009, CAA created Rental Housing Against Higher Taxes to battle split… Read More

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Question: How can we determine if the roaches in the apartment were the result of bad housekeeping? Is it our responsibility to get rid of the roaches? Answer: Ask your pest control professional to give his or her opinion on how the roaches came into the apartment unit. The court will rely heavily on expert testimony in these cases. If you can prove the tenant was responsible for the infestation, they are responsible for the cost of removal. Question: If our tenant sublets, and the sublessee defaults in the rent, do I give a notice to the tenant or the… Read More

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(As required by Article 4, Section 4.16 of the Amended and Restated CAA Bylaws.) The 2013 CAA Nominating Committee, chaired by Linda Zeller (Gerson Bakar & Associates, San Francisco) is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for seats on the 2014 CAA Board of Directors. We would like to thank CAA members for their participation; more responses were received from qualified applicants than there were open seats. Due to the precise requirements detailed in the Bylaws of the Association, which indicate a specific number of seats available for each Classification of Membership, the job of the Nominating Committee was… Read More

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Senate Bill 750 — sponsored by tenant and environmental lobbies to mandate sub-meters in new construction and establish consumer protections in affected properties — remains pending in an Assembly committee. As originally drafted, SB 750 by Sen. Lois Wolk prohibited RUBS, banned administrative fees for water sub-meters and required that, as of Jan. 1, 2014, all new multifamily construction units would be sub-metered. The California Apartment Association and the Utility Conservation Coalition, an alliance of utility billing companies, have been diligently working to address the negative aspects of the bill and to create a “win-win” situation for owners, residents, and… Read More

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If a renter in Riverside allows underage drinking at a party, the tenant could face expensive penalties under a “social host” ordinance passed earlier this summer. The landlord, however, can avoid punishment by working with the city to prevent future violations. The California Apartment Association-AAGIE worked with the city to eliminate impacts to responsible property owners and to provide safeguards when violations are caused by tenants. The city’s social host ordinance targets those who hold parties where attendees younger than 21 drink alcohol or take illegal drugs. If the violation occurs at an apartment, the tenant could face financial penalties,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association would like to thank Fresno-area members who are helping residents bounce back after a fire at Scottsmen Apartments in Clovis. The July 30 fire destroyed 18 units and displaced 40 residents, according to this article in the Fresno Bee. In response to an email from CAA soliciting assistance, the following members stepped up: Clovis Apartment Group ConAm Management Corporation Fox Property Management GSF Properties, Inc. Manco Abbott, Inc. Omninet Property Management Robert L. Jensen & Associates Royal T Management San Mar Properties, Inc. Vandenberghe Management Westco Equities, Inc. Winn Residential These companies helped displaced tenants in… Read More

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Question: I have a two-bedroom apartment rented to two roommates. One roommate always pays the rent on time. The other roommate is habitually late. Can I do an eviction based on a partial payment even though the month is not over? Answer: Both tenants are responsible for the entire amount of the rent so long as they are on the same rental agreement/lease. You should serve a three-day notice to pay rent or quit for the balance of the rent and name both roommates. If they do not comply, commence an unlawful detainer action naming both. Question: I believe that… Read More

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