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With California court systems cutting back, both tenants and landlords will face more waiting, longer drives, and no matter how you slice it, more hassle. The following two articles – one a story in the Los Angeles Times, the other a column by an attorney at Fast Eviction Service – zero in on the impacts on renters and owners, respectively. Feel free to add your comments, including experiences.

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For the first time, the California Apartment Association-Apartment Association Greater Inland Empire has turned to elected officials to help select the “Community of the Year Award for the Greater Inland Empire.” The Community of the Year APEX Award is given to apartment communities that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for their residents and for the local community that surrounds them. From displaying exceptional customer service and providing quality services and resources for their residents, these properties strive to build a sense of community while creating an enjoyable and safe environment for their residents. A… Read More

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This month, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office will discuss the eviction process and related matters during a California Apartment Association luncheon. The educational event is from noon to 1:30  p.m., March 20, at TorNino’s Banquets. Besides evictions, Sgt. John Golden of the sheriff’s Civil Department will offer an update about the lockout process, as well as wage garnishments after a judgment. Also, Debra Carlton, CAA’s  senior vice president of public affairs, will provide an update on rental housing-related bills introduced so far this year. Finally, attendees will receive a briefing about last month’s Legislative Conference, when local CAA members held… Read More

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California could become the first state in the nation to ban tobacco smoking in apartments, regardless of what tenants, landlords and local government have to say about it. In addition to forbidding smoking inside all multifamily dwellings, Assembly Bill 746 would prohibit the practice outside rental units — except in conspicuously marked, designated areas that meet several criteria. Violating AB 746, an infraction, would bring a fine of up to $100. Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, introduced the bill Feb. 21. It’s sponsored by the American Lung Association. The California Apartment Association has not taken a position on the bill,… Read More

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Discriminating against tenants – even if unintended — has long flown in the face of both California and federal law. But just how the law plays out in court has varied by circuit across the country. A new rule, issued Feb. 8 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aims to change that. HUD’s final rule on implementing the Fair Housing Act’s Discriminatory Effects Standard includes guidelines that standardize what constitutes discrimination through “disparate impact” and what it takes to prove it in court. First, HUD clarifies that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof. In the rental… Read More

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A tenant advocacy group says it’s launched a campaign to stop “security deposit theft” by California landlords. San Francisco-based Tenants Together has dubbed the initiative “It’s Your Money.” The campaign website, www.YourDeposit.org, includes information about tenants’ rights, protecting security deposits — and a platform for frustrated renters to post their stories. “Millions of dollars are being stolen from tenants every year,” Dean Preston, executive director of Tenants Together, says in a news release distributed Thursday. “It’s gotten so bad that tenants paying their security deposits don’t ever expect to see that money again. Something has got to change.” While the… Read More

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Peruse the dozens of pictures from the California Apartment Association’s 2013 Legislative Conference in Sacramento. Photos by Bob Knapik.

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