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Ron Granville, a real estate management professional whose experience spans five decades, has taken the gavel as the California Apartment Association’s board president for 2014. Granville, chief executive officer and partner at Northern California-based Woodmont Real Estate Services, led his first CAA board meeting as president Thursday, Feb. 20, in Sacramento. He said he is honored to guide an association dedicated to serving the ethical members of the state’s rental housing industry. “Millions of Californians live in rental housing, whether large-scale apartment complexes or single-family homes,” Granville said. “At CAA, we have a great responsibility to help property owners and… Read More

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A multifamily housing expert will provide an economic forecast for Orange County’s rental housing industry next week during a lunchtime workshop hosted by the California Apartment Association. Jay Parsons, national market analysis manager for MPF Research, will speak Thursday, Feb. 27, during the Orange County Rental Housing Economic Outlook for 2014. The event, hosted by the California Apartment Association’s South Coast Division, will be held at Radisson Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd.,Newport Beach Attendees will learn how Orange County compares with other counties in Southern California. Moreover, the event will review occupancy, rent, supply-and-demand and expectations for 2014. Parsons heads… Read More

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This year’s first CAA industry partner meeting for the Inland Empire introduced a new format that features a panel discussion and afternoon networking reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The meeting, held at the DoubleTree Ontario on Tuesday, Feb. 18, attracted more than 50 industry partners of the California Apartment Association and garnered rave reviews. “I really enjoyed the new event format! Much more intimate and it gave us a chance to interact and get to know the speakers better,” one attendee said in a survey. “Thank you!” Changing the format and holding fewer IP meetings annually will make each… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has launched a website to educate the public about the Ellis Act, a law that allows landlords to exit the rental housing business. Passed in 1985, the Ellis Act says no local government can compel a landlord to keep offering his or her housing for rent. Without this legal protection, property owners could be forced to continue letting their properties, even if they’re losing money, or want to convert their rentals into housing for their own families. Some politicians and tenant advocacy groups are bent on repealing the Ellis Act, basing their arguments on inaccurate information.… Read More

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The California Apartment Association briefed the Moderate Democrats Caucus in the State Assembly this week about threats to the Ellis Act and the importance of preserving the state law. On Tuesday, about a dozen of the lawmakers heard from Tom Bannon, CAA’s chief executive officer, and Shant Apekian, vice president of public affairs. Passed by the State Legislature in 1985, California’s Ellis Act provides that no local government can require a rental property owner to continue to offer his or her housing for rent. Some San Francisco officials and tenant rights organizations want the Legislature to amend the Ellis act… Read More

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Thousands of housing units are coming to San Jose’s downtown, and a major tech firm has big plans for the area, too, a city councilman said at the California Apartment Association’s Outlook 2014. “By this time next year, we’re going to have about 2,500 housing units under construction in the downtown core alone,” San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo said, according to The Registry, Bay Area Real Estate. On Thursday, Feb. 6, The Registry covered CAA’s economic summit for Silicon Valley’s rental housing industry. “We’re soon going to be able to announce a major tech company filling about 2 million… Read More

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More than 140 rental housing professionals heard from Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey late last month during the California Apartment Association’s inaugural Professional Property Managers Forum. The event, formally known as Lunch Club, attracted representatives from more than 25 property owners and management companies, as well as industry partners. During his address, the mayor shared his vision for Riverside, centered on the theme “Together We’re Better.” Bailey also outlined the city’s accomplishments from the past year, such as the University of California, Riverside, becoming California’s first public medical school in four decades. Additionally, the mayor discussed economic development projects planned for… Read More

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For most folks, if they hate their job, or it just doesn’t pay enough, they can always quit. But what if you’re a landlord? It’s not easy, and if San Francisco politicians and at least one tenant advocacy group have their way, landlords will face more hurdles and costs if they try. In their sights is the Ellis Act, which provides limitations on what a local government can require of property owners who wish to end their rental housing business. What you’re unlikely to hear in the media is that the Ellis Act and local ordinances like one in San… Read More

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SILICON VALLEY — The California Apartment Association has earned public accolades for assisting fire victims in one Silicon Valley city and helping protect schoolchildren in another. After two fires in Redwood City, CAA’s Tri-County Division donated $4,000 to the Create A Smile Foundation, a nonprofit established by the Redwood City Firefighters Association. CAA’s contribution helped provide basic-need items and moving assistance to families affected by a pair of apartment blazes on Woodside Road. Mayor Jeffrey Gee called CAA Tri-County a “partner in our community” that plays a pivotal role, especially when disasters hit. “We need you as you need us,… Read More

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Question: I have returned the balance of the security deposit to a former tenant after deducting cleaning charges and insufficient check bank charges. The former tenant claims that I cannot legally deduct the bank charges from the security deposit because that deduction was not specifically stated in the lease. What are my rights? Answer: California law allows for the use of the security deposit to include other charges than just cleaning, damage and unpaid rent. There is no legal requirement that they must be specified in the rental agreement in order to be enforced by a court. Question: Our tenant… Read More

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