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The Sacramento City Council this month modified its annual limit on rent increases to match the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. On a unanimous vote, the council on Jan. 14 lowered the local rent cap from CPI plus 6% to CPI plus 5% — the same formula used in AB 1482, the statewide rent control law that took effect on Jan. 1.

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At least for now, West Hollywood’s one-year lease policy is no more. Since 2017, the city has enforced a zoning amendment that effectively bans leases of less than one year for new tenants in post-2001 housing. In the fall, the City Council moved to expand the requirement to all units in the city.

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The California Apartment Association is preparing for another battle at the ballot box in defense of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the state’s most important landlord-protection law. Anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein’s latest initiative to undermine Costa-Hawkins — and bring radical forms of rent control back to California — is targeted for November statewide ballot. The Secretary of State’s office is expected to qualify the measure over the next few weeks, after verification that petitioners met the signature-gathering requirements, Weinstein’s so-called Rental Affordability Act would weaken Costa-Hawkins, allowing cities and counties to impose rent controls at any level they choose –… Read More

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Since its adoption, Proposition 13 has brought certainty to property owners and businesses in the state.  Any changes to this measure would certainly lead to higher taxes for businesses and higher prices for consumers.  A current proposal would change this certainty. While the proposal would not directly affect residential properties such as apartments or single-family rental housing, dismantling 1978’s Prop 13 creates a dangerous precedent.

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The city of Oakland has preliminarily approved an ordinance that would prohibit landlords from conducting criminal background checks or asking prospective tenants whether they have a criminal record at any time during the application process. The proposal, officially the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, would also bar rental housing owners from rejecting applicants for tenancy based on criminal records.

Tagged: Rental Housing Assn. of Southern Alameda

The California Apartment Association is reminding its members that it’s against California law to include “No Section 8” or similar verbiage in advertisements for rental housing.   As of Jan. 1, Senate Bill 329 prohibits landlords from rejecting a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher. The law also bans advertisements that say voucher-holders won’t be considered for tenancy. The legislation applies to apartment and single-family home rentals. The California Apartment Association has been educating the rental housing industry about SB 329 for months. Efforts have included publishing articles about the legislation at caanet.org and in its newsletter, creating an Industry Insight compliance paper on… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 21.

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The California Apartment Association is now accepting applications to serve on its 2020 committees and subcommittees. If you have an interest in applying for membership on a committee, you are invited to: 1. Read the committee and subcommittee descriptions to determine what involvement would best align with your area or areas of expertise. 2. Then, complete the committee application and submit it by close of business on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, so that committee assignments can be made in a timely manner. 2020 CAA committees and subcommittees descriptions 2020 CAA committees and subcommittees application Thank you in advance for your… Read More

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Question: When we have called attention to a violation of the lease or community rules, tenants frequently will say we are “picking” on them. How can we protect ourselves?

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The stakes are certainly high this year for California’s rental housing industry. In 2020, we can expect a radical rent control measure back on the statewide ballot, an emboldened tenants’ movement at the state and local level, and the prospects of another blue wave in the California Legislature. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explore these and several other important housing issues to watch in 2020.

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