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Twice this summer, the California Apartment Association’s Inland Empire Division helped low-income renters who’d fallen on particularly hard times, including both fire victims and families facing eviction. To recognize the efforts, San Bernardino County’s housing authority passed a resolution Tuesday thanking CAA-Apartment Association of the Greater Inland Empire. In the first case, CAA-AAGIE launched a donation drive in August for Housing Authority residents who lost their possessions in a fire.  Collected items included clothing, food, household supplies, school supplies and more. “With the help of AAGIE, most of the needs of the affected residents, which included several children, were met… Read More

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To succeed in your rental housing business, you need to understand the laws taking effect in January. With this in mind, the California Apartment Association will offer the following webinar: “2014: New Laws Impacting California.” Laws coming on line will govern the way you respond to domestic violence victims, how you screen prospective residents and more. In addition to new laws, the course will cover proposals pending in the Legislature that could move to the governor later in the year. The course, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, is free to CAA members and $45 for non… Read More

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The California Apartment Association and a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday backed a proposal to scour the city for “soft story” apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major temblor. The project would identify soft-story structures from roughly 29,000 apartment buildings erected prior to 1978. These types of buildings often have wooden frames and carports at ground level. Without proper reinforcement, they’re prone to significant damage during the intense shaking of an earthquake. Finding soft story buildings is likely a precursor to mandatory retrofitting. San Francisco passed this type of legislation this year, and CAA helped ensure financial help… Read More

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The California Apartment Association on Wednesday honored the Los Angeles area’s best communities and the people who make them so great. At its Signature Awards, CAA’s Los Angeles Division recognized the following: Leasing professional of the year Legacy Partners Nelson Bennett Maintenance supervisor of the year Horace Heidt Estates Hylda Terezon Assistant manager of the year Carmel Partners Alma Eliot Property manager of the year AvalonBay Communities Margarita Wynn Best green practices IMT Residential IMT Magnolia Best new construction IMT Residential IMT Magnolia Best rehabilitation AvalonBay Communities Avalon Marina Bay Property of the year – up to 199 units Carmel… Read More

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At the CAA Annual Membership Meeting, President Laura Khouri announced the results of the 2014 California Apartment Association Board of Directors’ election and welcomed newly elected directors to the board. In accordance with the CAA bylaws, directors serve a term of three years; newly elected directors begin their terms Jan. 1. 2014 newly elected members of the CAA Board of Directors, representing specific membership categories: Independent Rental Owner Membership Classification: Michael Pierce, Prodesse Investments, Inc. Bruce Rueppel, Guard Hill Holdings Owner/Management Company Membership Classification: Ben Lamson, Bluestar Properties, Inc. Jim Reeder, Glenmoor Realty, Inc. Corporate Membership Classification: Mike Bissell, SARES-REGIS… Read More

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LOS ANGELES – In her first year as a state lawmaker, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia exhibited a thoughtful and balanced approach to rental housing issues. With this in mind, the California Apartment Association proudly names Garcia as a CAA Legislator of the Year. “Assemblywoman Garcia, a landlord herself, shows a deep appreciation for both landlord and tenant needs,” said Beverly Kenworthy, executive director of CAA’s Los Angeles Division. CAA, a trade association that represents ethical members of the rental housing industry in all aspects of California government, honored Garcia on Wednesday, Dec. 4, during its Signature Awards at the Skirball Cultural… Read More

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Question: How long does an unlawful detainer judgment stay on the tenant’s record? Answer: As with all judgments, it is valid for 10 years as far as collection goes, but the credit reporting agencies keep this information for seven years. The judgment also accrues interest at 10 percent per annum, and can be renewed for an additional 10 years. Question: I represent an owner of several buildings who has a few tenants that are past due on their rent. Instead of evicting them, he is offering the tenants a payment plan, if they are willing to sign a promissory note… Read More

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Following negotiations with CAA, Anaheim won’t make landlords pay to have code enforcement officers inspect the city’s apartments. Under an initial proposal, the inside-and-out inspections would have cost landlords $16 per unit and been a requirement to register rental housing with the city. After talking with the California Apartment Association, the city opted to allow landlords to do self-certifications. This involves filling out a questionnaire that ensures best practices and declaring that each unit is free of hazards. “We were happy that the city brought a lot of stakeholders together to look at the first draft, because it needed some… Read More

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The CAA Compliance Committee has created three new rental forms and revised more than a dozen existing forms and related instruction sheets. Amendments to forms followed changes in the law, members’ requests or both. All are accessible through our rental forms page. Summaries of the three new forms:  Form 20.0 Notice of New Owner/Agent. This form is designed to provide notice of where to pay rent and who the agent is for service of process when the property is sold or changes management. Failure to provide this information promptly can limit the owner’s ability to evict for non-payment of rent.… Read More

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With an influx of apartments coming on line in the Bay Area, it begs the question: Can the now-insatiable demand for rental housing keep pace? Or — it’s OK to wince — will tens of thousands of new units glut the market? Industry leaders addressed this question at Marcus & Millichap’s Multifamily Bay Area Forum. Read about it in this article in the San Jose Business Journal.

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