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Although not on the agenda, arguments over rent control dominated the discussion Wednesday at a San Diego City Council committee meeting. Scores of public speakers – both for and against rent control – appeared before the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, which includes four City Council members. The meeting was designed to focus on anti-displacement, Section 8 vouchers and issues surrounding the expiration of San Diego’s affordable housing stock. That didn’t matter to San Diego Tenants United, a media-savvy but hastily organized tenant-advocacy group that took an aggressive stance in hijacking part of Wednesday’s discussion.

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An Assembly bill proposed this year would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights. AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would require the Department of Real Estate to administer a certification program for the training. The department would also be authorized to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework.

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Rent increases remain limited to 10 percent Gov. Jerry Brown has again extended states of emergency in areas of both Northern and Southern California affected by last fall’s wildfires. The extension keeps in effect the state’s anti-price gouging law, which bans rent increases exceeding 10 percent during states of emergency. In Northern California, states of emergency triggered by October’s wildfires were set to expire this Wednesday, April 18. Brown, however, extended his emergency declaration to Dec. 4 for Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Related content:  Novato landlord charged with price gouging as prosecutors scour for cases after fires… Read More

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Question: If a friend of a tenant appears to be living in the apartment, is there a time limit which allows me to compel the guest to fill out an application to be added to the rental agreement? Can the tenant have guests stay as long as they want? Answer: If your lease prohibits subletting or assignment of the lease, or if your lease restricts the occupants to those named in the lease, the tenant could be in violation. You would need to prove that the person really moved in and was not just a guest. Question: I do not… Read More

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By now, you’ve likely heard about the plumbing code change taking effect Jan. 1, 2019. Basically, if your apartment building was built before 1993 — and some of the original toilets, showerheads and aerators are still in place — chances are good that your property will fall out of code compliance come New Year’s Day. The code change taking effect comes from Senate Bill 407, a water-conservation measure that was passed in 2009. The bill’s water-efficiency mandates have rolled out slowly over the past decade, and the mandate for water-efficient plumbing fixtures in multifamily housing is the final piece to… Read More

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A newly introduced bill would waive environmental-review requirements for certain affordable housing projects in some of California’s poorest communities. Under AB 3030 by Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, qualifying affordable housing projects in low-income “Opportunity Zones” would be allowed to proceed without review under the California Environmental Quality Act. The Opportunity Zones are being created in low-income census tracks across the country as part of the federal tax law passed last year.

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Question: Our tenants deposit their rent directly into our bank account. This has worked well because we know exactly when the rent has been paid. Now we need to evict for non-payment of rent. Can they still deposit the rent, and if so, have I hurt my case? Answer: Acceptance of rent after an unlawful detainer action (tenant eviction) has been filed is a waiver of the right to evict in most cases. To avoid this possible defense, write your tenant a letter documenting that you are not going to accept any more rent at this time. Periodically check your… Read More

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A pair of bills have emerged in the Legislature this year to help California college students secure housing near campus without breaking their budgets. SB 922 by Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, focuses on turning surplus property near college campuses into housing for college students. It would authorize the California Department of General Services to offer unused properties within two miles of any University of California, California State University or California community college to local governments or nonprofits for the construction of such housing.

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Tenant advocates in Santa Ana have filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control measure on the November ballot. The city attorney will have 15 business days to put together a title and summary for the measure. After a public notice is published by the city, the proponents will then have 180 days to gather roughly 12,000 valid signatures to place the initiative on the ballot.

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An effort to place rent control before National City voters this November has entered the signature-gathering phase. The city attorney for National City recently gave petitioners the green light to begin circulating a petition for a measure titled the National City Rent Control and Community Stabilization Ordinance.

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