The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday decided to place its own measure before voters seeking changes to the city’s rent control ordinance. The measure, approved on a 5-2 vote, will appear on the March 2020 ballot and would change the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in several ways. Here are key highlights of what the measure would do:

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Cities across California this week continued to pursue urgency stopgap ordinances intended to prevent no-cause evictions before AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1.  Approving stopgap measures Tuesday were the following cities: Alhambra, Redondo Beach and Duarte in the Los Angeles area; and Menlo Park and San Carlos in the Bay Area; and Watsonville on the Central Coast. Long Beach ratified its measure Tuesday with a second reading.   As previously reported, more than a dozen other jurisdictions, from Los Angeles to Redwood City, have passed similar stopgap ordinances over the past few weeks.  

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The California Apartment Association has introduced a new, more logical system for numbering all its forms.   The association’s more than 270 forms are now numbered to correspond with the order in which they are used. For example, the first form number, CA-001, is for the application to rent – the first form used in the tenancy. A 30-day termination notice, meanwhile, has a much higher number, CA-235, because it’s at the end of tenancy process.   For a chart showing all of CAA’s forms, including form name, new number and old number, click here.   If you still want to search for forms using the old… Read More


Question: One of our tenants is complaining about the carpet and says it is California law that the carpeting must be changed every seven years. Have you heard of any law on this subject?


The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.


The Inglewood City Council this week adopted a long-term rent control policy that caps annual increases at 3%. The Housing Protection Initiative also creates a per-unit fee of up to $168, with 50% of the fee eligible for a pass-through.

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Several more California cities this week, including Long Beach and Pasadena, rushed to pass urgency ordinances aimed at preventing no-cause evictions until the state implements Assembly Bill 1482.   The stopgap ordinances target 60-day eviction notices already pending and set to terminate tenancies before Jan. 1, the day that AB 1482 takes effect and implements a statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction policies. Oct. 31 was the last day that California landlords could issue a 60-day notice.  


An urgency ordinance preventing termination of tenancies without cause in Sacramento County failed to muster enough votes to pass. The ordinance was intended to stop rental owners from ending tenancies in order to avoid rolling back rents or being stuck with below market rents once a new state law, Assembly Bill 1482, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Similar ordinances were recently passed in several jurisdictions throughout California, including Los Angeles and Milpitas. The ordinance was proposed by Supervisor Phil Serna after several residents of Bell Oaks Apartments, with the support of tenant-advocacy organizations, demanded that the Board of Supervisors… Read More

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The city of Fresno next week will begin levying harsher penalties against landlords who chronically violate city codes at their rental properties. The steeper fines, which go into effect Nov. 11, are reserved for property owners with more than 10 citations in one year — a distinction that will earn them the label of “serial violator.”

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The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will consider an emergency “just cause” ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 5.   To pass, an urgency ordinance requires approval from four of the five board members. The ordinance would immediately impose just-cause restrictions similar to those in AB 1482, the statewide rent control and just-cause eviction law taking effect Jan. 1.  

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