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The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee today stubbed out a bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine that would have banned smoking in apartments, condos and townhomes. “Assembly Bill 746 would have created an enforcement nightmare for property managers while infringing on the privacy rights of law-abiding tenants,” said Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public affairs for the California Apartment Association. “We also want to remind Californians that property owners already have the right, thanks to legislation we sponsored, to ban smoking at individual properties.”

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The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee today stubbed out a bill by Assemblyman Marc Levine that would have banned smoking in apartments, condos and townhomes. “Assembly Bill 746 would have created an enforcement nightmare for property managers while infringing on the privacy rights of law-abiding tenants,” said Debra Carlton, senior vice president of public […]

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This USA Today video explores some of the new high-tech tools for wirelessly spreading music throughout the rooms of a house. See how a tablet computer playing a song in one room sends the sounds of a folksy tune — sans wires — to an upstairs kitchen. Are luxury apartment owners installing these types of entertainment systems as perks for prospective high-end tenants?

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A statewide coalition will work to educate California opinion leaders and the public about the devastating impacts of increasing property taxes, the group announced today. The coalition, Californians to Stop Higher Property Taxes, will inform lawmakers and the public about the importance of Proposition 13’s protections for California families and small businesses. The California Apartment Association is a member of the coalition. To that end, the group, including organizations that represent businesses and taxpayers, will provide studies, analyses and other information. A key goal is to raise awareness about how proposals for higher property taxes, including “split roll” and parcel… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today continues its property management webinars with its third installment: “Resident Issues & Ending the Tenancy (PMR102).” The course teaches property management professionals to successfully interact with people and learn to handle residents’ requests, as well as special issues for the disabled. Also, learn about terminating tenancy, identifying normal wear-and-tear, as opposed to damages, and dealing with security deposits. Further, gain a greater understanding of how an agreement can be terminated. The courses are divided into a pair of 90-minute sessions spread over two afternoons. The first session of “Resident Issues & Ending the Tenancy (PMR102)”… Read More

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The California Apartment Association and state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, believe legislation spelling this out is necessary — and would help prevent all too frequent scams associated with the practice. In addition to requiring those who offer prepaid rental listings to hold a real estate license, Hill’s SB 269 would mandate that those selling prepaid rental lists include their real estate license number on contracts with prospective tenants. A prospective tenant might want to buy a prepaid rental list to avoid the time and hassle of searching through classified ads, scouring Craigslist, searching rental-housing websites — and even driving… Read More

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When landlords in Fresno County evict a tenant, they’ll now fill out paperwork intended to make the process safer. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday unveiled a revised “letter of instruction” for landlords to complete before authorities serve notices on tenants losing their homes. Law enforcement officials discussed the form during an educational luncheon hosted by the California Apartment Association in Fresno and covered by CBS 47 TV. “Not that we weren’t being as safe as we could before, but we saw where we could improve,” Deputy Doug Richardson told the station. CAA tapped Fresno attorney Steve Hrdlicka to… Read More

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For the first time in 2013, the California Apartment Association has taken official positions on a series of bills, from whether to ban smoking in multifamily complexes to a proposal that would require interest payments on security deposits. CAA staff is continuing to analyze and debate the merits of hundreds of bills sponsored by the state Legislature. As the CAA Legislative Steering Committee takes formal positions in the months to come, we’ll report that information in this newsletter, as well as on our blog, caapartments.org. Here’s a rundown on CAA’s positions thus far: Oppose: SB 603 (Leno-D) Interest on security… Read More

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In California, fewer homes are for sale these days, and finding “for rent” signs can test a would-be tenant’s patience. The news media are taking notice of these realities — and the impacts they’re having on affordability. Both Forbes and the Huffington Post today published articles about the high cost of rental housing in California, and last week, the Sacramento Bee reported a steep decline in homes for sale. According to the Huffington Post piece, the Golden State has the least affordable rental housing on the mainland United States. The Post cites the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report.… Read More

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Rental housing professionals have begun broadening their knowledge of property management via the California Apartment Association’s new webinar series. The property management courses debuted Tuesday, March 12, with the first of two 90-minute segments on “Preparing the Property & Professional Leasing Skills.” CAA broadcast the second segment Thursday, March 14. “We had several students from several remote locations, including Ukiah, Merced, Victorville, Ojai and Oxnard,” said Jim Lofgren, executive director of the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley, a chapter of CAA. “This distance-learning option is reaching a new audience.” Each of the nine courses in the series is divided… Read More

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