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At the CAA Annual Membership Meeting, President Laura Khouri announced the results of the 2014 California Apartment Association Board of Directors’ election and welcomed newly elected directors to the board. In accordance with the CAA bylaws, directors serve a term of three years; newly elected directors begin their terms Jan. 1. 2014 newly elected members of the CAA Board of Directors, representing specific membership categories: Independent Rental Owner Membership Classification: Michael Pierce, Prodesse Investments, Inc. Bruce Rueppel, Guard Hill Holdings Owner/Management Company Membership Classification: Ben Lamson, Bluestar Properties, Inc. Jim Reeder, Glenmoor Realty, Inc. Corporate Membership Classification: Mike Bissell, SARES-REGIS… Read More

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LOS ANGELES – In her first year as a state lawmaker, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia exhibited a thoughtful and balanced approach to rental housing issues. With this in mind, the California Apartment Association proudly names Garcia as a CAA Legislator of the Year. “Assemblywoman Garcia, a landlord herself, shows a deep appreciation for both landlord and tenant needs,” said Beverly Kenworthy, executive director of CAA’s Los Angeles Division. CAA, a trade association that represents ethical members of the rental housing industry in all aspects of California government, honored Garcia on Wednesday, Dec. 4, during its Signature Awards at the Skirball Cultural… Read More

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Question: How long does an unlawful detainer judgment stay on the tenant’s record? Answer: As with all judgments, it is valid for 10 years as far as collection goes, but the credit reporting agencies keep this information for seven years. The judgment also accrues interest at 10 percent per annum, and can be renewed for an additional 10 years. Question: I represent an owner of several buildings who has a few tenants that are past due on their rent. Instead of evicting them, he is offering the tenants a payment plan, if they are willing to sign a promissory note… Read More

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Following negotiations with CAA, Anaheim won’t make landlords pay to have code enforcement officers inspect the city’s apartments. Under an initial proposal, the inside-and-out inspections would have cost landlords $16 per unit and been a requirement to register rental housing with the city. After talking with the California Apartment Association, the city opted to allow landlords to do self-certifications. This involves filling out a questionnaire that ensures best practices and declaring that each unit is free of hazards. “We were happy that the city brought a lot of stakeholders together to look at the first draft, because it needed some… Read More

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The CAA Compliance Committee has created three new rental forms and revised more than a dozen existing forms and related instruction sheets. Amendments to forms followed changes in the law, members’ requests or both. All are accessible through our rental forms page. Summaries of the three new forms:  Form 20.0 Notice of New Owner/Agent. This form is designed to provide notice of where to pay rent and who the agent is for service of process when the property is sold or changes management. Failure to provide this information promptly can limit the owner’s ability to evict for non-payment of rent.… Read More

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With an influx of apartments coming on line in the Bay Area, it begs the question: Can the now-insatiable demand for rental housing keep pace? Or — it’s OK to wince — will tens of thousands of new units glut the market? Industry leaders addressed this question at Marcus & Millichap’s Multifamily Bay Area Forum. Read about it in this article in the San Jose Business Journal.

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During an NPR talk show last week, the California Apartment Association shared its perspective on a controversial law that’s allowed an uptick in San Francisco evictions. On Thursday, Nov. 21, AirTalk with Larry Mantle focused on the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to quit being landlords, take apartments off the rental market and either move in or sell them. In San Francisco, where much multifamily housing is under rent control, selling a property at market value can make more financial sense than continuing to rent it out. In some cases, the Ellis Act can rescue a property owner from financial… Read More

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Rancho Santa Margarita – More than 200 people gathered at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club this month for the CAA South Coast Maintenance All-Stars contest. On Thursday, Nov. 14,  88 competitors showed their skills in eight maintenance-related games, as their teams cheered from the sidelines.  For the second straight year, Camden won the Team Spirit Award. Overall Winners 1. Matt Conti – Shea Apartment Communities 2. Tony Velasquez – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 3. Loudon Cheyne – AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Blind Tool Identification 1. Brian Abarca – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 2. Alex Araujo – Sares-Regis 3. Sonia Arellano –… Read More

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A workshop on defeating bedbugs this week left only a few empty seats at the Concord City Council Chambers. The California Apartment Association and city of Concord designed the event, Monday, Nov. 18, with apartment owners, managers and tenants in mind, particularly with recently reported bedbug infestations in several apartment complexes along the Monument Corridor. Panelists included the following: Gail Getty, Getty Entomological Research & Consulting, Domus Institute Andrew M. Sutherland, UC California Urban Integrated Pest Management Tami Stuparich, vice president, general operations manager, California American Exterminator Puneet Singh, managing partner with the Law Offices of Kimball, Tirey & St.… Read More

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  Question: If one tenant moves from one unit to the other unit within one building, can I deduct the security deposit to cover the damages and fix-up for the old unit, then ask them to redeposit the amount of money to make up the security deposit for the new unit? Answer: Yes, and hopefully your lease clarifies this right. If the tenant fails to pay, you can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit. Question: I have recently purchased a 20-unit apartment building. Must I have an apartment manager on site 24 hours a day,… Read More

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