Following a fire last month in Redwood City, Equity Residential worked with housing officials to make roughly two dozen rental units available to those displaced by the blaze. Read this San Jose Mercury News story to find out more about how Equity helped the fire victims. Equity is a member of CAA’s Tri-County Division, which immediately worked with Redwood City government to find housing options for tenants forced out by the fire. For its part, Equity helped get fire victims moved into its Woodland Park community in East Palo Alto. CAA members have also helped fire victims elsewhere in the… Read More
If your rental property has a master meter for power and gas, you’ve probably posted those lengthy utility rate schedules for your tenants to review. A bill on the governor’s desk would allow for a more convenient alternative. Senate Bill 196 by Anthony Canella, R-Ceres, would allow a landlord to post an Internet address where tenants can obtain a utility company’s rate schedule, instead of the current requirement that the rate schedule, in its entirety, be posted in a conspicuous place. Posting an Internet address takes up less space, time and money than posting the prevailing rate as published by… Read More
The East Bay CAA Network held the 10th Annual GEMM Awards on Aug. 22, showcasing the “Best of the Best” in the region’s rental housing industry. This year’s winners are all prime examples of professionals who have a real passion for excellence and customer service. Check here to see a slide show of the winners.
This fall, CAA’s Southern California Rental Housing Expo 2013 will bring 130 vendor booths, tremendous networking opportunities and a slate of high-interest seminars to Pomona. The 10 courses cover all aspects of the rental housing business, from bed bugs to evictions, and will be taught by some of the industry’s best trainers. Each class qualifies students for one hour of CCRM continuing-education credits. The Expo is Oct. 29 at the Pomona Fairplex & Sheraton Conference Center, 601 W. McKinley Ave.
In a victory for landlords, a parcel tax for Davis schools will apply to apartment buildings the same way it does to other types of property, the Fresno Bee reported. Property in Davis — including multifamily housing – will now be assessed at $204 per parcel under the voter-approved Measure E tax for schools. The Davis Joint Unified School District board voted last week to scrap the multifamily component of the tax, which assessed apartment buildings at $20 per unit. That would come to $1,000 for an apartment building with 50 units. With the change, landlords face a $204-per-parcel charge,… Read More
The California Apartment Association is delighted to unveil its new website. With its streamlined pages and intuitive search tools, navigating CAAnet.org is a snap. Click the dropdown menus and links on the sides to quickly access legal information, rental housing forms and other vital tools. When you have a few minutes, explore the beefed-up news pages, the blog and content-rich portals for CAA’s local associations. Check back for frequent updates. CAA’s digital team is here to save you time, spare you frustration and improve your online experience. We’d love to hear your thoughts. Email Mike Nemeth, strategic communications manager, at… Read More
A bill signed by Gov. Brown this week gives survivors of human trafficking the right to terminate residential leases to protect themselves against their abusers. The law also strengthens existing protections for survivors of domestic violence who are forced to vacate a rental property for their personal safety. Authored by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, SB 612 allows a tenant to precipitate the move-out process by providing the landlord with a written report, prepared by a medical provider, declaring that abuse occurred. This increases protections for victims of crimes including domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder or dependent abuse, and… Read More
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
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