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Just days after the city of Los Angeles imposed a COVID-19 related rent freeze and strict eviction moratorium, L.A. county appears poised to do the same. The County Board of Supervisors is now reviewing steps taken by the city of L.A. for possible implementation throughout the nation’s most populous county, including within city limits. This review comes after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday ordered a prohibition on any rent increases at the city’s roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. This past Friday, the City Council approved a far-reaching eviction moratorium that prohibits all no-fault evictions and gives tenants up to… Read More

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It’s April 1, and the rent is due.   With COVID-19 prompting layoffs and job cuts across California, though, many tenants won’t be able to pay it. In these cases, the California Apartment Association urges landlords to respond with patience and compassion.   Owners who haven’t already done so are encouraged to provide their tenants with the association’s sample letter on rent payments, which offers guidance to tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. CAA also offers a form that can be used to create a back-rent payment plan for when the crisis subsides.  Of course, CAA’s sample letter urges tenants to pay their rent on time if they’re able to do so.   … Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the city of Los Angeles to prohibit all rent increases in rent controlled units, approve a far-reaching eviction moratorium, and grant tenants one year to cover unpaid rent. These actions go well beyond a statewide eviction moratorium ordered last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mayor Eric Garcetti’ ordered his prohibition on rent increases Monday night, affecting roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. Prior to his order, the annual cap on rent increases for these units sat at 4%, a figure based on the rate of inflation. The California Apartment Association agrees that landlords should not be… Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to try to help.  This includes the preparation of a sample letter to residents, in both English and Spanish, concerning rental payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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California Apartment Association’s Safe at Home Guidelines The COVID-19 pandemic has brought frightening and uncertain times, leaving many Californians with health challenges and economic difficulties. The California Apartment Association urges rental housing providers to act with compassion and work with residents who face COVID-19 related hardships. The last thing Californians need when they are struggling to maintain stability is to lose the safe place they call home. In this time of crisis, CAA members offer stability as they provide safe homes to millions of Californians sheltering in place.  To ensure this stability, CAA calls upon every California rental housing provider… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced that most major banks will provide mortgage relief to property owners, a development that also will benefit independent rental owners experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Gov. Gavin Newsom “Two-hundred state charter banks and credit unions have committed to the state of California that they will provide forbearance on foreclosures and on mortgage payments,” Newsom said during a news conference Wednesday, adding “And I’m very pleased that Wells Fargo, US Bank, Citi, and JPMorgan Chase, have all agreed to 90 day waiver of payments for those that have been impacted by COVID-19.” The governor’s… Read More

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With COVID-19 having prompted a “shelter in place” order statewide, many Californians are staying at home, doing what they can to protect their own health and the health of others. This period of isolation has brought anxiety, loneliness and boredom. But if you work in property management, why not make the most of the extra time to catch up on some career-building education? Here at the California Apartment Association, we know the pandemic has created financial stress. To help, we’re offering a half-off discount on all our educational and compliance offerings. To take advantage of this offer, just type “AtHome”… Read More

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In response to COVID-19-related financial hardships, the federal government is offering a reprieve on foreclosures for qualifying owners of single-family and multifamily properties. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it will be halting all evictions and foreclosures until May 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This moratorium on evictions and foreclosures applies specifically to single-family homes with mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, a HUD agency that backs affordable home loans issued through private firms. According to HUD, this relief will apply to about 8 million units. For more information, see HUD’s press release on… Read More

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order making it clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak. The California Apartment Association will work diligently to ensure that local governments that pursue such moratoria adopt reasonable measures for both rental property owners and renters and that their policies are consistent with the parameters in the executive order. According to Newsom’s order, such ordinances should spell out that if a tenant cannot pay the rent because of… Read More

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Under the Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent order, issued Thursday, March 19, all residents are ordered to stay at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations for operations of federal critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  CISA has identified the Commercial Facilities Sector as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors.  If you click on the Commercial Facilities Sector link, you will see that this sector includes real estate (e.g., office and apartment buildings, condominiums, mixed use facilities, self-storage). As professionals in the real estate industry, providers of rental housing… Read More

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