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Walnut Creek has added resources to its website to help landlords and others comply with an ordinance that bans smoking through much of the community, the city manager’s office told CAA on Friday, Oct. 18.  A new webpage includes sign templates, the California Apartment Association’s lease addendum information, a compliance fact sheet and ordinance summary. Moreover, the materials include contact information for the city’s No Smoking Hotline and e-mail address. *** Original story*** Walnut Creek has banned smoking in much of the city, from inside apartments to downtown. City Councilman Justin Wedel cast the lone dissenting vote on Tuesday, Sept.… Read More

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While the deadline to sign bills for the 2013 legislative session passed on Sunday, CAA’s commitment to building relationships with lawmakers is never done. Consider it a year-round endeavor. Building on that effort, CAA’s 2013 political and legislative game plan included hosting a series of four Legislative District Leadership Conferences. In this new endeavor, we tried four formats to bring together legislators and local government officials with our members and CAA’s local and state government affairs teams. We did so in relaxed and comfortable settings away from Sacramento – and back where legislators call home. Goals achieved Impressed legislators, local… Read More

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Question: Can I give a rent increase anytime during the month or just on the first day of the month? Answer: If you have a month-to-month tenancy with the tenant, you can serve a written 30-day notice (or 60-day notice if you are increasing the rent more than 10 percent within the last 12 months) to increase the rent at any time of the month. Question: We are planning on selling a rental house. The tenants said they do not want a lock box put on the front door. Can we do it anyway? Do we still have to give… Read More

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In addition to raising wineglasses, attendees at the California Apartment Association’s Beyond the Vine event raised plenty of money for political action. All told, about $100,000 poured in. Joshua Howard, executive director of CAA’s Tri-County Division, thanked participants on behalf of the CAA Tri-County Board of Advisors and Political Action Committee. “CAA members enjoyed a beautiful setting, perfect weather, fine wines, and gourmet food,” Howard said of the event, held Sept. 26 at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. “The evening also brought together leaders from the multifamily industry and more than 20 elected officials from across Silicon Valley for spirited conversation… Read More

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Rents are rising at a slower pace in the Bay Area as more people make the leap into homeownership and new rental housing enters the market, says Joshua Howard of the California Apartment Association. “Still, quite frankly, we don’t have enough rental housing in Silicon Valley to meet the demand,” said Howard, executive director of CAA’s Tri-County Division, in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. He also pointed to reductions in rent subsidies and the loss of redevelopment agencies for the slowing of rent increases. According to the Mercury News article, Bay Area rent prices rose in the… Read More

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At the California Apartment Association, we advocated for and against dozens of bills this year that could affect the rental housing business. In most cases, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed with us. While some bills below will affect multi-family housing more than others, each is important to landlords, tenants, and California as a whole. Check out the following roundup of laws taking effect in 2014, their anticipated impacts, and where CAA stood on them. Subdivision Maps: Extensions — AB 116 (D-Bocanegra) — CAA position: Support — Like other legislation before it, AB 116 extends the life of expiring subdivision maps by… Read More

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Question: How long do I have to mail the tenant the itemized security deposit? Answer: You need to send an accounting for the use of the security deposit within 21 days from the date you took back possession. If you do not have all of the amounts or receipts in time, you should give the tenant an estimate and then send the final amount within 14 days after you receive the final amounts and/or receipts. Question: I have a lease with a tenant that terminates next month, and he has been given notice that the  lease is not being renewed.… Read More

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Despite the federal government shutdown, the Fresno Housing Authority will do its best to keep providing core services to residents, landlords and public partners. That’s the main message in a letter that the Housing Authority’s chief executive officer, Preston Prince, sent to landlords and community partners Tuesday, Oct. 1. Luckily, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided a large portion of the October money for Housing Assistance Payments to landlords. The Fresno Housing Authority will cover the additional $1.7 million. If the federal government remains closed, however, HUD may be unable to authorize normal funding to housing… Read More

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Once again, the California Apartment Association has taken a successful swing at homelessness. CAA Tri-County’s 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament raised money through sponsorship, golf foursomes and raffles. The generosity paid off during the Housing Industry Foundation’s September Summit gala in Burlingame. Anna Kramer, chairwoman for CAA Tri-County, presented a donation of $57,000 – among the highest amounts since the tournament was organized in 1990. “I’m sure everyone in the rental industry would agree with me that the last several years have been good for our industry,” Kramer said. “We’ve seen strong markets, solid growth and healthy transactions. But sadly… Read More

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Among large metros, Oakland nabbed the No. 1 position on the list of the country’s annual rent growth-leaders as of the third quarter, according to MPF Research. Pricing for new leases in Oakland grew 7.9 percent during the past year. While San Francisco ceded the top spot to Oakland, pricing power remained strong with rates up 6.6 percent annually. Rents climbed 5.9 percent in San Jose, according to MPF. Other strong performers in rent growth included the Southern California trio of Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles, which just missed MPF’s top-10 list. “Improving performances in Southern California are… Read More

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