The California Apartment Association and Vallejo Fire Department have extinguished some confusion over the city’s new Fire and Life Safety inspection program. After notifying property owners in mid-January that annual inspections would begin, the Vallejo Fire Department began the checkups on multifamily residences this past spring. The Vallejo Fire Department had not conducted fire inspections in more than 15 years, and most small-income property owners had no idea what to expect. Moreover, the Fire Department hadn’t told owners they could schedule and be present for the inspection. Instead, fire inspectors began arriving unannounced and listed violations in poor handwriting that… Read More
California lawmakers this year introduced an array of bills that would lower the voting requirement to approve taxes for local infrastructure, schools, libraries, and the like. But the chances of these bills passing the Legislature – at least this year — are slim at best. That’s reassuring to the California Apartment Association and other business groups in a coalition that’s opposed the measures, which would amend the state Constitution and undermine Proposition 13. Each requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, and the support of voters, to become law. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has said lawmakers have bigger… Read More
For a community to stamp out crime, it takes all kinds, from street cops to soccer coaches to neighborhood watch captains. They’re the pillars of crime suppression, intervention and prevention. These front-line crime-fighters need back-up, so to speak. Keeping criminals behind bars and at-risk youth on the right path costs money. And in Antioch, the City Council made the right move last month by asking voters to help raise the needed dollars. The California Apartment Association applauds the council’s unanimous vote to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot. This offers a community-wide opportunity to tackle a community-wide… Read More
The July 2013 Issue of Rental Housing Today provides you with updates from our 19th Annual Summer Scramble, Inaugural Legislative District Leadership Conference and our Semi-Annual Strategic Planning Meeting. To those of you who participated in this year’s golf tournament, we thank you for making it a huge success and for supporting HomeAid Inland Empire.This edition is packed full of education and information, with three of the articles described below. It also includes the Membership News, Legislation, Legal Issues and Maintenance columns that you count on seeing in each issue. Feature A Brain Warm-Up for the Annual Budget Exercise If… Read More
Boring community room at your apartment complex? Borrow a page from the Big Apple, where apartment lending libraries have emerged as a quiet, thoughtful amenity, according to the New York Times. With some space, bookshelves and paperbacks, you’re on your way to adding a cheap and easy amenity to your rental property. Check out these tips from Zillow to get started.
Make a difference and support CAA Tri-County’s 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Housing Industry Foundation in its mission to prevent homelessness. Showcase your company as an industry leader and sign up today to sponsor and/or play at this sell-out event that draws more than 200 high-level rental industry executives. If you do not wish to golf, attend the exciting post-tournament networking reception/auction. Sponsors must be CAA Tri-County members in good standing through July 31 to participate. To attend What: CAA Tri-County’s 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament When: Monday, July 15, 2013 Where: Los Altos Golf & Country… Read More
The San Jose City Council has approved a pilot program to allow rental property owners to self-certify their compliance with the city’s Multiple Housing Occupancy Permit requirements. This move, proposed by Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, could save rental property owners time and money while allowing the city to focus its inspection efforts on those rental properties that truly pose safety issues to the occupants and the community. The pilot program was included in Mayor Chuck Reed’s 2013-14 budget this month and begins a process for Code Enforcement to work with CAA Tri-County to develop a program that will likely allow… Read More
Celebrating with a Speakeasy theme, rental housing professionals gamed an evening away this month at CAA-LA’s Casino Night. Brook Furniture Rental was the big “Whale Sponsor” for the event, which attracted about 240 people to an indoor/outdoor location at the Stuart Sierra Madre, by BRE Properties. Attendees at the June 13 event mingled and networked while playing the game tables, taking group pics at the free photo booth and eating tasty hors d’oeuvres. Jason Gomez with Opti-Fit International was the winner of the grand raffle prize, an iPad donated by Tenant Co.
CAA South Coast persuaded the city of Fullerton to temporarily back off adoption of an $11-per-unit fire inspection fee. Notification of the fee came in May, just two weeks before it was scheduled to be brought before the City Council for approval. With such short notice, the CAA South Coast Government Affairs team jumped into action and made phone calls to key decision-makers. Soon after, the city manager removed the item from the council agenda and committed to work with the industry on this issue. On average, stopping adoption of this fee will save the apartment industry more the $22,000… Read More
Apartment dwellers are often at a disadvantage when it comes to reducing their energy costs. It may sound relatively easy to cut down on your power bill by turning off a light switch here and there, or doing fewer loads of laundry. But the big energy savers – such as more efficient appliances – aren’t always available to people who rent their homes. That may not seem like a big deal, but it can have a significant financial impact for those who live in apartments in San Diego County. The reason is a well-intentioned but outdated rate structure established by… Read More