With a pandemic, a recession, riots, and wildfires, it’s safe to chalk up 2020 as a horrible year for just about everyone. Landlords certainly had it tough. Unpaid rents, rising vacancies, and unreasonable eviction restrictions made operations extremely challenging. While most of the news was awful, a few things went right. Here are some of the positive developments from 2020.
The California Apartment Association is calling on Congress to include COVID-19 rental assistance in its next federal relief package. CAA on Dec. 11 urged its members to echo that request in emails to their representatives in the nation’s capital. “As the debate over a new COVID-19 relief package proceeds, it’s critical that Congress provide short-term financial assistance for renters,” CAA’s message to Congress says. “This assistance would help them come current on the rent they’ve had to defer and help spare them an avalanche of rent debt in the coming months.” Rep. Norma Torres In Washington, D.C., talk of rental… Read More
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has postponed a decision on the future of its COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Supervisors on Dec. 8 were prepared to renew and amend their ordinance, which expires Jan. 31, 2021. CAA, however, said it would be premature to act now, pointing to the possible extension or replacement of a statewide COVID-19 eviction moratorium. Like L.A. County’s eviction ban, the statewide eviction protections are scheduled to sunset at the end of January. In Sacramento, however, lawmakers already are proposing bills to either replace AB 3088 or extend it, with timetables ranging from two months to… Read More
California lawmakers introduced a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will likely include more details before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year. Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which passed as AB 3088 this summer and is… Read More
San Mateo County’s public transportation system is gauging landlord interest in its bulk transit pass program. SamTrans’ Way2Go program allows residential complexes and companies to purchase annual unlimited-ride bus passes for all eligible residents or employees. The study seeks to improve the bulk transit pass program and make it more appealing to apartment owners and managers and other potential participants. The survey can be accessed here and should be completed by Dec. 18
California lawmakers are introducing a pair of bills that would keep COVID-19 eviction protections in place well into 2021 and perhaps longer. News of the bills came Monday, Dec. 7, the first day of the new legislative session and less than two months before current eviction protections are set to expire. The proposals also come as California experiences a new surge in coronavirus cases and stay-at-home orders. The proposals will initially lack much detail but can be fleshed out before lawmakers reconvene hearings early next year. Legislators are seeking a replacement for the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which… Read More
To help rental housing professionals prepare for the new year, the California Apartment Association has updated its rental forms and instruction sheets. The association also published new forms for members to use to comply with the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act’s (CTRA) 15-Day Notice requirement and to be used when terminating a tenancy because the owner needs to move into the unit, or is going out of the rental housing business. CAA staff create and update forms based on new laws, member requests and questions submitted through CAA’s Landlord Helpline. Forms with major revisions, as well as the newly published forms:… Read More
The California Apartment Association is working to protect ethical landlords from being unfairly punished under separate “anti-harassment” ordinances moving forward in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Los Angeles proposal aims to prevent landlords from taking a variety of steps considered by the city to be harassment, such as threatening to report a tenant to immigration authorities, refusing to accept lawful rent payments from a tenant, or retaliating against a renter for participating in a tenants union. Already, a robust state law protects tenants from harassment, and CAA is working to ensure that no ordinance can be misused for frivolous… Read More
The California Apartment Association this month opposed a relocation-fee increase in the city of Santa Barbara.
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30.