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Newspapers across California continue to urge their readers to vote no on Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on the Nov. 3’s statewide ballot. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, California’s largest newspaper between San Francisco and the Oregon border, has become the latest newspaper to editorialize against the measure. In an editorial headlined “No on 21: Rent control law won’t end housing crisis,” the newspaper notes the initiative will hurt both renters and homeowners while failing to address the root causes of affordable housing in California. “There is one surefire way to make rentals more affordable: build more housing.… Read More

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After the passage of AB 3088 this week, the California Apartment Association reached out to local elected officials throughout the state to make sure they’re aware of the law and how it works in their communities. CAA’s local vice presidents sent emails to dozens of mayors, city council members and county supervisors after the Legislature approved, and the governor signed, AB 3088 — or the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. “CAA believes this bill signed by the governor provides guidance to the courts on how to move forward with protecting tenants who have been financially impacted by COVID-19,” says… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom today said the national eviction moratorium announced this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will not apply in California because the Golden State already has stronger eviction protections in place.   The CDC is exempting locations with “the same or greater level of public-health protection than the requirements listed in this Order.”  “Our protections are not impacted by those federal rules and regulations,” Newsom said during a press conference today. “Our protections go a little farther than the federal government. There is no income cap as the federal government currently has.   “Again, ours go through Feb. 1 of next year. They don’t expire at the… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom late Monday signed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, legislation that prohibits the eviction of renters with genuine COVID-related hardships but reopens the unlawful-detainer process for tenants who cause problems at the property. The legislation, AB 3088, was signed into law shortly after passing the Assembly on a vote of 61-8 with 10 abstentions. Earlier Monday, the bill cleared the Senate on a 33-2 vote with five abstentions. The law took effect immediately. The California Apartment Association engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the bill, which offers… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has negotiated a less-burdensome alternative to Assemblyman David Chiu’s AB 1436.    The new bill is AB 3088, dubbed the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, and will be in print this afternoon. Over the past week, CAA engaged in around-the-clock negotiations with the governor’s office and leaders in the Senate and Assembly on the new legislation.   The new proposal would allow landlords to evict tenants who cause problems at the property, such as by causing nuisances or threatening their neighbors. It also would allow owners to terminate the tenancies of renters who have the wherewithal to pay rent but refuse to do so. The bill would offer eviction protections… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has spent the past week helping negotiate the details of the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Negotiations are continuing on the bill, which is expected to be unveiled in the state Legislature by tomorrow morning. The legislation is intended as an alternative to AB 1436, the “free rent” bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. “We’ve been working around the clock with lawmakers and the governor’s office to make sure the legislation is fair and balanced,” said Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs. “Our goal has been to provide both help for… Read More

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The city of Fresno will waive inspection fees for landlords when apartment checkups resume next month following a nearly six-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The City Council voted 7-0 Thursday to restart residential interior inspections using virtual technology. Inspections have been suspended since March to prevent the spread of coronavirus to both renters and city staff.

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Thanks to the advocacy efforts of CAA and its allies, Santa Barbara city officials this week modified a costly and unfair formula for calculating renter-relocation fees. The Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee advanced a “just cause” for eviction and relocation assistance measure with modifications sought by the California Apartment Association.

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If Culver City continues on its current path, it could soon have one of the worst rent control ordinances in California. Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the City Council this week advanced onerous regulations for the upcoming ordinance such as:

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California’s McClatchy newspapers — including the Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto Bees — today joined a chorus of other news outlets urging voters to reject Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Earlier this week, the Bakersfield Californian also editorialized against the measure. Financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Prop 21 threatens to bring back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in the 1970s. “… under the rent control being proposed, the incentive to build market-rate units could disappear. That, in turn, could lead builders to avoid such projects, worsening the… Read More

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