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Question: I am a manager of a 56-unit complex. One of the tenants informed me that his girlfriend moved in. I gave him an application and told him to have her fill it out and then return it to me. It has been 10 days, and I have not gotten it back. Answer: If the lease prohibits the assigning or subletting of the premises without your permission, you can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions and/or covenants or quit, detailing the violation. The notice should require that they either turn in the application, or she must vacate the property… Read More

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In 2014, the California Apartment Association helped kill a host of bad bills that would have, among other things, undermined the Ellis Act and encouraged jury trials in eviction disputes. And while CAA largely succeeded during the legislative session, a couple of bad bills made it to the governor’s desk.The fight continues – see our links to letters — as CAA and a broad coalition of business interests encourage Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the following two bills: Faulty legislation on the governor’s desk AB 1897 (D-Hernandez) – Labor: Client Liability: This bill would imposes strict liability on an employer… Read More

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Question: I recently purchased a triplex, and the escrow will be closing in a couple of days. The tenants are currently on a month-to-month rental agreement. Do I have to wait until the end of the month, or can I serve a 30-day notice as soon as I take possession of the property? Answer: You can serve a 30-day notice at any time in a month-to-month tenancy. You do not need to wait until the end of the month. You are also entitled to rent for the 30-day time period. If all of the tenants in the unit have been… Read More

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Adding affordable housing and improving existing housing in the San Bernardino area are key priorities for the California Apartment Association. With that in mind, CAA’s Greater Inland Empire Division has invested leadership power toward these dual goals – both at the county and city level. CAA now has executives on both San Bernardino County’s Housing Authority Commission – and the city’s Housing Policy Committee, which is overhauling every rental housing policy and ordinance on the book, some as far back as 1950. To bolster affordable housing in the county, Tim Johnson, executive director of the local CAA division, has been… Read More

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Against a backdrop of stunning automobiles, the East Bay’s rental housing stars got to shine at the GEMM Awards. The prestigious event, held Aug. 21 at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, honored nearly 30 individuals, teams and properties for exhibiting excellence and professionalism. The 11th annual event was presented by CAA’s Contra Costa-Napa-Solano Division and the RHA Serving Southern Alameda. “Tonight is a special night,” Tom Bannon, chief executive officer for CAA, told hundreds of attendees. “For we again honor those who have gone above and beyond the norm and have reached a level of professionalism that sets the standard… Read More

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A number of positive bills for the rental housing industry await Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval after the 2014 legislative session came to a close this past weekend. The California Apartment Association helped push a variety of sensible legislation to the governor’s desk, such as a bill that clarifies that leases can be signed electronically, one that streamlines the approval process for water submeters and another that expedites the removal of squatters. Here’s a sampling of CAA’s successes in advancing positive bills: AB 2451 (Daly, D-Anaheim) – Water Submeters: This bill, co-sponsored by the CAA and the Utility Management and Conservation… Read More

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A proposed moratorium on apartment construction in Menifee appears to be off the table, at least for now. The City Council had been scheduled to hold a public hearing on the idea Wednesday, Aug. 20. But Councilman Wally Edgerton – who’d put the apartment building ban on the agenda – quickly backed off the proposal. Earlier that day, the California Apartment Association sent a letter to the council explaining why a moratorium would be bad for Menifee. CAA-Inland Empire Executive Director Tim Johnson also addressed the council. Johnson pointed out that renters spend 18 percent more than homeowners, generating higher… Read More

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Question: If I miss sending a security deposit disposition with 21 days as required by law, must I return the entire deposit rather than deduct amounts owed, such as outstanding rent? Answer: The law is silent on this point. As a result, some judges do and some judges do not allow the landlord to make a deduction from the deposit if not properly accounted for in accordance with California law. However, this does not mean that the damages to the unit, necessary cleaning and unpaid rent are not owed. In any event, landlords can pursue any monetary claims they have… Read More

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A proposed ban on apartment construction in Menifee would undercut the city’s economy, taking away construction jobs, sources of property tax revenue and places for working folks to live. The California Apartment Association has articulated this argument against a proposed apartment-building moratorium in a letter sent to the Menifee City Council, which will hold a public hearing on the matter at its Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting. The Menifee City Council voted 3 to 2 on Aug. 6 to hold a public hearing on the proposal, which would prevent construction of residential rental housing on unentitled land — or properties where… Read More

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A Proposition 13-related bill that would have closed a change-of-ownership loophole died in the Legislature last week. Assembly Bill 2372 failed Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee. “I’m disappointed that we came so close to finally closing one of the worst loopholes of Prop. 13,” the bill’s coauthor, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said in this Los Angeles Times article. “We finally had some business interests agreeing that the structure was unfair.” Coauthored with Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, the revised bill would have triggered reassessments following the sale of commercial property whenever 90 percent of the property is sold over… Read More

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