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The Genesis House, a shelter that provides temporary housing in the Inland Empire, has reopened after a major renovation project partly shouldered by the California Apartment Association. The California Apartment Association’s Greater Inland Empire division, also known as CAA-AAGIE, partnered with HomeAid Inland Empire to overhaul the 60-year-old, uninhabitable eight-unit apartment building. HomeAid Inland Empire and CAA Inland Empire contributed more than $40,000 in construction money and obtained nearly $60,000 in in-kind donations of labor and materials. This saved Lutheran Social Services more than 40 percent on the cost of the Genesis House renovation project. The Genesis House, near Van… Read More

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Gov. Jerry Brown will return to a CAA podium next month as the keynote speaker at the California Apartment Association’s annual Legislative Conference. Brown will address California’s top rental housing officials Tuesday, April 22, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Shortly after the governor’s morningtime speech, attendees will head to the Capitol to educate lawmakers about the important roles the rental housing industry plays in California. The governor last spoke at CAA’s Legislative Conference in 2012. In 2013, the governor canceled his appearance to attend the funeral of a slain police officer. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, addressed CAA in his… Read More

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Federal officials are reminding contractors to follow lead-safety rules or possibly face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Just about everyone who is paid to work on pre-1978 rental housing — where lead paint is presumed to be present — must provide specific disclosure pamphlets to tenants and be trained in lead-safe work practices. The California Apartment Association has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make sure all apartment owners, managers and maintenance personnel are following these federal regulations. The EPA issued the regulations in 2008 as the Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, and it took… Read More

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Residents in west Contra Costa County will vote this spring on a parcel tax that could help rescue the financially beleaguered Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo. Registered voters will receive mail-in ballots sometime over the next two months and must return them by May 6th to be counted.  The required threshold is two-thirds vote.  The two-thirds is determined by the number of returned mail-in ballots. The tax, which would cost property owners $0.14 cents per square foot, would be permanent, even if the hospital merges with another medical facility or is purchased. All residents — including those in multifamily… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is analyzing thousands of bills introduced by the Feb. 21 deadline and is preparing to take positions on those relevant to the rental housing industry. Below are summaries of some key measures on which CAA will likely take positions in the coming weeks: Ellis Act — Legislation has been introduced to substantially weaken the state Ellis Act and allow local jurisdictions to prohibit rental property owners from selling or converting their buildings. This would force rental property owners to stay in business even if they are losing money. Seismic retrofit – Legislation would require the seismic… Read More

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Question: After a lease expires and it is month-to-month, how much notice must a tenant give me in order to legally terminate the lease? He says one week. Is this true? Answer: In California, 30-days written notice is required to terminate a month-to-month tenancy and can be served by either party at any time during the tenancy. If all of the occupants have been in possession for one year or longer, the landlord must serve a 60-day notice. Question: Someone told me that if a resident is committing a crime on the premises they can be evicted in three days.  … Read More

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Question: A tenant’s guests broke a window of the recreation room by throwing a ball through it. The host tenant claims he should not be responsible because the damage occurred outside the apartment and while they were playing catch in the common area. My tenant also refuses to give me the name or any information about his guest who caused the damage. What can I do? Answer: In California, tenants are liable for the negligence of their guests while on the premises. The premises not only includes the actual rented unit, but the common area as well. Therefore the tenant… Read More

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Overall, San Francisco rents were up 2.74 percent last year, but not every neighborhood contributed to that statistic, according to the real estate website Zumper. In some areas of San Francisco, rent prices were either flat or veered the other direction. Check out the color-coded map with this BusinessInsider.com article. It shows rents spiking dramatically in some neighborhoods, such as Soma and Bernal Heights, but decreasing in other parts of The City. The Financial District, for example, dropped more than 10 percent in rents, according to the map. But much of the media talk centers instead on rents in traditionally… Read More

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A former California Assembly speaker delivered a dinnertime speech. The state’s legislative analyst offered a bright economic forecast. And rental housing leaders took aim at California’s drought. These are some of the highlights from the California Apartment Association’s first board meeting of 2014, held Thursday, Feb. 20. On the eve of the meeting, CAA held its leadership dinner, with former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg as the guest speaker. Now running for state Senate District 18, Hertzberg provided a boisterous speech that touched on a number of issues, from his own political background to the far-reaching influences of technology to how… Read More

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The city of Anaheim on Tuesday unanimously approved a self-inspection program for multi-family housing, allowing property managers to examine apartments themselves — without paying inspection fees. This represents a big improvement over Anaheim’s original proposal to charge property owners $16 per unit for city officials to handle the inspections. After learning of this proposal last year, the California Apartment Association immediately began negotiations with the city. Over a nine-month period, CAA’s South Coast/Orange County division successfully eliminated the fee and created the self-inspection program.  To show further support of CAA, the Anaheim City Council amended the ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting… Read More

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