The Santa Rosa City Council decided to pursue a mandatory Section 8 ordinance Tuesday, but not before pledging to work with CAA to make the program more workable for local landlords. The council advanced the ordinance on a 5-1 vote and is expected to formally approve the law after a second reading next month. The measure will prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants, ban “No Section 8” ads, and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based solely on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.
Landlords with properties subject to Sacramento’s new rent control law will help fund the program through a $20-per-unit annual fee. The fee won approval Tuesday as the City Council ratified the budget for its new rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance. More than 42,000 rental units are subject to the ordinance and the annual fee. The city will begin collecting it in spring 2020.
Christopher Thornberg The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce that renowned economist Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics, will deliver the economic forecast at Outlook 2020 — an economic and political lookahead for Orange County’s rental housing industry. The forecast is part of CAA’s annual Orange County Holiday Breakfast meeting, which comes to Costa Mesa on Dec. 5. In addition to an analysis of the state and local economy, Thornberg will provide a snapshot of employment, home prices, consumer spending, personal income, and other leading economic indicators impacting the Orange County market. Aside from his role at Beacon… Read More
During a special meeting Tuesday, the Milpitas City Council decided to pursue an emergency “just cause” for eviction ordinance. The council directed staff to draft the ordinance for council consideration when it meets Oct. 15. Because it’s an emergency ordinance, it would need 4 out of 5 votes to pass. If it does, it would take effect immediately and remain in place until the beginning of next year, when statewide “just cause” policies are expected to take effect under Assembly Bill 1482. The council directed staff to draft the emergency ordinance to mirror exactly the just-cause section of AB 1482.
The Chico City Council has postponed action on a “just cause” eviction policy and instead referred the matter to an ad hoc council committee headed by Mayor Randall Stone for further study. No action on the matter is anticipated until after the city holds an all-day affordable housing conference scheduled for Sept. 28.
The city of Los Angeles is continuing its research into a possible tax on landlords who leave apartments vacant. Late last month, the City Council ordered city staff to gauge the number of unoccupied apartments in the city and the reasons they’re sitting empty. City staff also are examining how vacancy taxes, empty-home penalties and speculator taxes are carried out in other jurisdictions.
The city of Milpitas this week approved a non-binding rent-review program, as well as a requirement that landlords consider tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. The council also scheduled a special meeting to consider an emergency “just cause” eviction proposal.
Before adjourning for the year early last Saturday morning, California lawmakers approved a number of bills with serious implications for the rental housing industry. Gov. Gavin Newsom In the paragraphs below, we summarize the most significant of those proposals. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has until Oct. 13 to either sign or veto each of the following: