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The nominating period for the 2015 CAA Board of Directors is underway. Applications are due by noon Monday, July 21, 2014. Pertinent documents are accessible below: Memo from Nominating Committee Chair, Laura Khouri CAA Board of Directors’ Responsibilities, Code of Ethics and Current Planning Objectives 2015 CAA Board of Directors Application

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Question: I served a three-day notice to pay rent or quit on a tenant, and the renter paid with a personal check. The check has since bounced. Do I need to serve another three-day notice to pay rent or quit? Answer: The bounced check is not payment, so you can file on the original three-day notice. Question: Can I accept rent after serving a notice for an issue other than payment? For example: an unauthorized occupant notice. Answer: You should always check with a knowledgeable attorney to determine whether you should accept rent or not if the notice served was… Read More

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Question: A resident at my property was taken to the hospital and passed away. Since the lease requires a 30-day notice, what is the law as far as reimbursement of the deposit? Answer: When a tenant passes, the month-to-month tenancy is terminated 30 days from the date of the decedent’s last rent payment. Therefore, you have 21 days from that date to account for the security deposit assuming that you have taken over possession of the unit. If anyone else is claiming a right to possession, you would need to go through the eviction process. Question: We rent garages out… Read More

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Riverside County has stepped back from plans to more than double the developer fees earmarked for county jail beds – at least for now. Early this month, the Board of Supervisors postponed a vote to rework its developer fee schedule after hearing concerns from the California Apartment Association and the local building industry, The Press Enterprise reported in this article. Under the proposal, the total fee for single-family homes would drop from $4,651 to $4,318, but the amount to deal with jail crowding would balloon from $392 to $885. Developer fees help pay for infrastructure needs caused by new residential… Read More

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A California law taking effect July 1 aims to eventually phase out smoke detectors that take replaceable batteries. For now, however, landlords just need to make sure they’re existing smoke alarms are working.  So don’t go ripping your nine-volt powered smoke alarm from the ceiling. The law first focuses on the folks selling smoke detectors. It says battery-powered smoke alarms sold in the Golden State must have non-replaceable, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. This regulation, however, has a yearlong exception that will keep old-fashioned-but-in-stock smoke detectors from going to waste. Property owners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers… Read More

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After hearing from numerous rental owners and managers, the San Carlos City Council has reduced sewer rates for owners of multi-family housing by nearly 15 percent. The new rates take effect July 1. The council’s 4-1 vote on the issue came during its Monday, June 23 meeting. The lone no vote came from a council member who wanted a more modest, 6 percent rate reduction. After negotiating with the city for over a year, CAA and a coalition of San Carlos rental property owners secured the new pricing model. CAA Tri-County demonstrated that the current rate structure that charged a… Read More

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Question: A tenant has left a lot of personal property after vacating. How do I determine the value of the items left behind? Answer: You can call a third-party appraiser. Alternatively, you can research what comparable items sell for in the community. Online resources such as Craigslist can be used to help substantiate a value assigned to an item. Remember that it is replacement value, not the cost of purchasing a new item, that’s important in determining what you can do with the property. After you’ve provided proper notice, unclaimed property worth less than $700 can be disposed of any… Read More

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An Assembly committee Wednesday, June 25, rejected a bill that would have allowed school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property. SB 1021 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, received one yes vote and three no votes, with five abstentions, in the Revenue and Taxation Committee. The legislation faced opposition from the California Apartment Association and dozens of other business groups. If SB 1021 had become law, school districts would have been able to charge varying parcel tax rates within a district based on characteristics such as parcel size, improvements to the parcel, or the use… Read More

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Sen. Mark Leno has halted his pursuit of state legislation that would undermine a landlord’s right to leave the rental housing industry. Leno, D-San Francisco, has given up on Senate Bill 1439 after its rejection in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee last week. The bill took aim at the Ellis Act, a landmark 1985 law that bars local governments from making property owners stay in the apartment business. Leno told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday that he’ll probably try to resurrect the bill in 2015. “I’m very committed to this,” he said in the article. The Housing… Read More

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A CAA-opposed bill that would allow school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property heads to its first Assembly committee next week. If SB 1021 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, becomes law, school districts would be able to levy one parcel tax rate on single-family homes while charging other rates on apartments and commercial properties. This split-roll tax bill, which goes before the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday, June 25, would let school districts to set parcel tax rates within a district based on characteristics such as parcel size, improvements to the parcel,… Read More

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