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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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Landlords, cross your fingers that job growth will keep fueling demand for apartments, especially in San Jose, where rent prices jumped 6.7 percent in the second quarter. That $134 rent spike followed a surge in San Jose’s workforce. Last year, the city added 34,200 jobs, with an estimated 27,500 more on the way, reports RealFacts, citing a study by Marcus & Millichap. Read this RealFacts article for the national perspective on rent growth, plus predictions on whether rent prices will continue climbing as more apartments come on line.

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The California State Legislature is finishing up its summer recess and will return in August to wrap up the first year of the 2013-14 Legislative sessions. To date, 2013 has been one of the most challenging Legislative sessions for the apartment industry in a decade. The California Apartment Association has actively lobbied on 75 bills to make certain that the industry is protected from over-reaching legislative proposals. Three measures in particular would have had far-reaching economic impacts on the industry but were successfully stopped or amended by CAA. Senate Bill 750 – Water sub-metering and RUBS The issue of ratio-utility… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s Greater Inland Empire Division has endorsed Brian Johsz for the Chino Valley Fire District Board. Johsz was recently appointed to fill the vacancy on the Chino Valley Fire District when Ray Marquez was elected to the Chino Hills City Council this past March. Johsz hopes to maintain his position as director of the Chino Valley Fire District in an Aug. 27 consolidated, mail-in ballot election. “The Chino Valley Fire District Board is responsible for the oversight and protection of our members’ properties,” said Kelly Vickers, chairwoman of CAA-AAGIE’s Government Affairs Committee. “Mr. Johsz has a track… Read More

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E&S Ring Management has won approval to build a mixed-use development in Pleasanton that will boast nearly 350 apartment units and almost 40,000 square feet of retail. The approval can by the unanimous vote of the Planning Commission on July 10, according to this article in the Contra Costa Times. The development will stand on 16 acres at Stanley Boulevard and Bernal Avenue. “I’m thrilled we’re at this point,” Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Pearce said, according to The Times. “This is a great use for this site. The architect has stepped up, and it looks great.”    

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In the Silicon Valley, apartment rent prices jumped an average of $134 in the second quarter. “It shows there’s plenty of demand,” says Joshua Howard, executive director of the California Apartment Association’s Tri-County Division. “With the lack of homes available for sale, more people are renting. And with home prices going up, some consumers are figuring out it’s less expensive to make a rent payment.” For more specifics on average rents in the state’s top markets, check out this article in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Despite high demand, occupancy dropped slightly in the Silicon Valley, something Howard attributes to… 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, […]

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