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Question: I have a tenant who I strongly believe is selling and using drugs. What actions can I take without having any evidence? Answer: In order to use the illegal drug activity as a basis for eviction, you have to prove that the drug activity is going on; otherwise, if you are on a month-to-month tenancy, you can serve a 30- or 60-day notice without cause, unless you are in a rent controlled area. Question: Our tenants have just informed us via telephone that their rent check will bounce, they don’t plan to cover it, and they intend to vacate… Read More

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In a huge victory for the rental housing industry, lifelong San Bernardino resident Carey Davis on Tuesday won the race for mayor. Davis, who garnered 55 percent of the vote in the Feb. 4 election, will help protect the city from a “landlord tax” and proposed increases to inspection fees, said Timothy Johnson, executive director of the California Apartment Association’s Inland Empire Division, or CAA-AAGIE. CAA-AAGIE’s political action committee provided financial support to Davis and co-hosted a reception Jan. 28 for members to meet the mayoral candidate. Moreover, CAA-AAGIE’s PAC supported incumbent City Councilman Fred Shorett, who won re-election to… Read More

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A chapter of the California Apartment Association and two other groups have sued the city of San Francisco, claiming it passed legislation that violates building owners’ rights under the state’s Ellis Act. The legislation, approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and signed by Mayor Ed Lee, prohibits owners of multi-unit buildings from combining units in a building for 10 years following an Ellis Act eviction or for five years following an owner-move-in eviction. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, Jan. 28, says the state Ellis Act pre-empts the city legislation. The Ellis Act allows building owners to take a building… Read More

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In line with a request from CAA to the California Department of Industrial Relations, when minimum wage goes up, so will the lodging credit that a property owner may use to offset an employee’s minimum wage payment or as a credit against wages when the employee lives on site. For an employee required to live on a rental property, an employer can pay wages for the time worked and charge that employee up to two-thirds of the fair market value of the unit he or she lives in. Alternatively, the owner can use the rental unit value as a credit… Read More

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Check out the California Apartment Association’s website for landlords seeking ways to conserve water. With mandatory water restrictions on the horizon, caasaveswater.com is more relevant than ever. Explore CAA’s water-saving tips and share your own ideas. Peruse information on water-efficient plumbing fixtures, recycled water regulations and links to online resources. CAA is committed to the education of rental property owners and residents about water conservation and the responsible use of water in residential rental homes and multifamily housing. CAA stands ready to work with state agencies, local governments, and water providers to develop practical policies and incentives that promote the… Read More

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Experts next Thursday will discuss the economic and political climates in the Silicon Valley and how they’re affecting the rental housing industry. They’ll also address new legal and regulatory issues facing the apartment business. It’s all part of the California Apartment Association’s Outlook 2014. The Feb. 6 economic summit runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Discussions and speakers The Tale of Two Downtowns, with San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo and Redwood City Vice Mayor Rosanne Foust. Government Taxes and Rental Investments, with… Read More

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Every year, laws are adopted that can directly or indirectly increase the costs of doing business. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, learn about them at the California Apartment Association’s first Professional Property Managers’ Forum. You’ll hear from industry professionals on local and state laws passed in 2013 that will affect the rental housing industry. The forum is a revamped version of Lunch Club. In addition, the mayor of Riverside, Rusty Bailey, will provide his vision for the city of Riverside and discuss other issues on the horizon that may affect you. Lastly, CAA’s Greater Inland Empire Division will present the 2014… Read More

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Question: My tenant has verbally notified me that he will be terminating the lease in two weeks and said to use the deposit for the two weeks rent. The contract is a month-to-month and requires 30 days notice. What can I do? Answer: You may consider giving the tenant a three-day notice to pay rent or quit for the rent owed, since a verbal notice has no legal effect. Question: I would be interested in knowing what to do when a resident is demanding a repair be made inside of their apartment, but at the same time is demanding that… Read More

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Question: Upon reading a “Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit,” I noted the statement, “…plus Owner/Agent may seek to recover an additional punitive award of $600.00 (six hundred dollars) in accordance with California law.” I would like to know the Civil Code Section allowing for this punitive damage. Answer: The code section is California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1174(b). The section allows for up to $600 if you can prove malice. Question: I had a tenant move out several months ago. I returned about $600 of his $1,000 deposit. He disputes all but $50 of the deductions and… Read More

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San Diego Assemblywoman Toni Atkins, a proven ally of the California Apartment Association, has been selected as the next speaker of the California Assembly. First elected to the Assembly in November 2010, Atkins now represents the 78th Assembly District, which includes San Diego, Del Mar and La Jolla. CAA was among the first organizations to support Atkins’ bid for Assembly. Throughout her tenure in the Legislature, CAA has worked closely with her on a number of important rental housing issues. CAA looks forward to continuing our close working relationship with Atkins, and we offer her congratulations on her new role.

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