The San Jose City Council has approved a pilot program to allow rental property owners to self-certify their compliance with the city’s Multiple Housing Occupancy Permit requirements. This move, proposed by Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, could save rental property owners time and money while allowing the city to focus its inspection efforts on those rental properties that truly pose safety issues to the occupants and the community. The pilot program was included in Mayor Chuck Reed’s 2013-14 budget this month and begins a process for Code Enforcement to work with CAA Tri-County to develop a program that will likely allow… Read More
Celebrating with a Speakeasy theme, rental housing professionals gamed an evening away this month at CAA-LA’s Casino Night. Brook Furniture Rental was the big “Whale Sponsor” for the event, which attracted about 240 people to an indoor/outdoor location at the Stuart Sierra Madre, by BRE Properties. Attendees at the June 13 event mingled and networked while playing the game tables, taking group pics at the free photo booth and eating tasty hors d’oeuvres. Jason Gomez with Opti-Fit International was the winner of the grand raffle prize, an iPad donated by Tenant Co.
CAA South Coast persuaded the city of Fullerton to temporarily back off adoption of an $11-per-unit fire inspection fee. Notification of the fee came in May, just two weeks before it was scheduled to be brought before the City Council for approval. With such short notice, the CAA South Coast Government Affairs team jumped into action and made phone calls to key decision-makers. Soon after, the city manager removed the item from the council agenda and committed to work with the industry on this issue. On average, stopping adoption of this fee will save the apartment industry more the $22,000… Read More
Apartment dwellers are often at a disadvantage when it comes to reducing their energy costs. It may sound relatively easy to cut down on your power bill by turning off a light switch here and there, or doing fewer loads of laundry. But the big energy savers – such as more efficient appliances – aren’t always available to people who rent their homes. That may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a significant financial impact for those who live in apartments in San Diego County. The reason is a well-intentioned but outdated rate structure established by… Read More
Rental housing professionals showed off their finest hats while networking during CAA’s “A Day at the Races” at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley. On May 16, attendees spent the afternoon in the Turf Club, enjoying the thrill of the horse races and chatting with acquaintances, old and new. The event also included a hat contest, with top honors going to Jennifer Gonzales of Apartment Finder.
ONTARIO — Thanks to CAA-Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire, local leaders in multifamily housing received an inside view of state and local legislative issues — and the regional economy as a whole. It was all part of CAA-AAGIE’s inaugural Legislative Leadership Conference, held June 7 at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario. Discussion of legislation focused primarily on the rental housing industry, with themes and speakers including the following: State Leaders: Rental Legislation and the State Budget Moderator: Debra Carlton – CAA senior vice president, public affairs Speakers: state Sen. Norma Torres andAssemblyman Jose Medina Local Leaders: What’s Next for… Read More
More than 100 local CAA Greater Fresno members attended a seminar this month that focused on how members can help reduce crime, boost safety and prepare for emergencies. During a Ready Properties seminar June 11, the local American Red Cross “Be Ready” team (Katrina Poitras, Cayce Baierski and Sandra Santiago-Pinheiro) shared information on preparing a disaster kit, coping after a disaster and dealing with the aftermath of fires at multifamily properties. Also at the event, held at UC Center Fresno, Lt. Dave Newton of the Fresno Police Department talked about an app called “Nextdoor,” which may benefit rental housing professionals… Read More
The California Apartment Association wishes to thank the lawmakers who voted down a bill that would have unfairly penalized landlords who make honest calculations regarding security deposits. Thanks also go out to the rental-housing professionals who took part in CAA’s letter-writing campaign to defeat the bill. On May 29, Senator Mark Leno’s SB 603 received 18 no votes, 13 yes votes, and 8 abstentions. The bill needed 21 yes votes to pass. The no votes came from the following senators: Joel Anderson, R-San Diego; Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte; Ron Calderon, D-Montebello; Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres; Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana; Bill Emmerson,… Read More
A bill that would require water submeters in all new construction now has amendments allowing landlords and third-party billing companies to collect administrative fees. Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, revised her bill, SB 750, to permit collection of up to $4 in fees to help recover the actual costs of reading submeters and providing billing services for tenants. A lower administrative fee would apply, however, when the water bill is less than $10, according to the amended bill. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, an administrative fee may be adjusted annually by the landlord commensurate with an increase in the Consumer Price Index.… Read More
After a successful debut this past spring, the California Apartment Association’s property management webinar series returns this summer to a computer near you. The upcoming slate of online courses is from July 15 through Sept. 25. The inaugural webinar series, which ran from March through May, attracted students from Ukiah to Oxnard. Comments from students underscore the quality – and convenience — of CAA’s distance-learning program. “Many students said this was the only way they could attend classes,” said Jim Lofgren, executive director of the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley, a chapter of CAA. “Some would have needed to… Read More