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Voters will soon decide whether to increase taxes on improvements to buildings within the Los Angeles Unified School District, including apartments. On the June 4 ballot is Measure EE, which would levy a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements annually for 12 years. If approved, the measure is expected to raise $500 million per year for L.A. Unified, which is the nation’s second largest school district.

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California lawmakers are again taking aim at the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. February brought the introduction of two “just cause” for eviction bills  — AB 1481 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, and AB 1697 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, D-Concord. AB 1481 marks Bonta’s second attempt to pass statewide “just cause” legislation in as many years. Both Grayson’s and Bonta’s proposals would limit evictions to certain causes, such as failure to pay rent, a substantial breach of the lease, or use of the property for illegal activity. Criminal activity unrelated to the rental unit, however, wouldn’t count as a “just cause” under… Read More

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Question: At what point does my property require an onsite resident manager? Answer: If your property has 16 units or more, you are required to have a person onsite who represents the owner. Question: A resident at my property was taken to the hospital and passed away. Since the lease requires a 30-day notice, what is the law as far as reimbursement of the deposit?

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For the first time in a decade, the city of Los Angeles plans to bump up its annual cap on rent increases for rent controlled housing. During a 12-month period beginning in July, landlords with rent controlled units will be able to raise rents by up to 4 percent. The city has allowed rent increases on rent controlled housing just three times since 1993, the last time being in 2009, Curbed Los Angeles reported. For more information, see this flier from the L.A. Housing and Community Investment Department.

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A newly introduced bill would authorize California tenants to use their rental units to provide shelter for people facing homelessness. Although the bill has not yet been finalized, AB 1188 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-Van Nuys, is expected to authorize renters to house an individual or family at risk of homelessness for up to 12 months, even if doing so would violate the lease.

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Question: Can an owner/property manager require that a tenant secure renters insurance? Answer: Yes, to protect the property and assets, landlords can require the tenant obtain renters insurance as a covenant and condition of the lease. Question: We evicted one of our tenants and obtained a monetary judgment. Now we find that they have moved to Arizona. Can I collect against them since they moved out of state?

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Lawmakers on Thursday announced a package of rental housing legislation that would cap rent increases statewide and allow local governments to apply rent control to single-family homes and 10-year-old construction. The housing package also will include a “just cause” for eviction measure, as well as a statewide rental registry, the legislators said during a press conference and through a news release. Although lacking detail at present,  AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will cap annual rent increases based on the rate of inflation plus a yet-to-be-determined figure, the press release says, and would not supersede existing local rent… Read More

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Legislation proposed in the state Assembly would regulate the timing of criminal background checks during the tenant-application process and limit the use of criminal records in denying applications. AB 53 would prohibit rental property owners from asking any questions about a prospective renter’s criminal history during the “initial application assessment phase” of tenant screening, unless otherwise required by federal or state law. The bill comes from Assemblymen Reginald Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, and Rob Bonta, D-Alameda.

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Southern California landlords can soon receive increased rebates for installing high-efficiency toilets in qualifying apartments. The boosted rebates are part of an 18-month pilot program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The program, which begins Monday, March 18, aims to replace 10,000 toilets in older multifamily housing and significantly increase water conservation in the region’s disadvantaged communities. The district’s rebate will grow from $40 to $250 for premium high-efficiency models. To qualify, the toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) must be installed in apartments built before 1994. Pre- and post-inspections required. Metropolitan is also providing $1.5 million… Read More

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Question: Am I entitled to use a deceased tenant’s security deposit? Answer: You are entitled to use a deceased tenant’s security deposit to cover unpaid rent, pay for damage beyond normal wear and tear, and to perform necessary cleaning to the unit.

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