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The Inglewood City Council has decided to make its cap on rent increases even more draconian.   Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the council Tuesday voted unanimously to lower the city’s annual cap on rent increases to 3% — two percentage points lower than the 5% interim rent cap adopted earlier this year.   The rent control ordinance green-lighted this week, dubbed the Housing Protection Initiative, is scheduled to sunset in five years.   The City Council still must formalize approval of the ordinance with a second reading expected in 30 days.  

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Several more cities this week approved stopgap ordinances to begin enforcing elements of Assembly Bill 1482 before the statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law takes effect Jan. 1.  On Monday, the municipalities of Redwood City and Daly City, both in the San Francisco Bay Area, approved measures that prohibit no-cause evictions on housing that will be covered by AB 1482, the newly approved statewide rent-cap legislation. In Southern California, the city of Bell Gardens also approved a stopgap measure Monday.   On Tuesday, the city of Santa Cruz on the Central Coast adopted an urgency just-cause measure during a special council meeting. While this ordinance mirrors the just cause… Read More

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Question: One of the recent applicants to our apartment community claims he is paid “under the table.”  How do I verify his income?

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High winds and resulting fires and evacuations prompted the governor this past weekend to declare a statewide emergency, a move that’s triggered protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10% anywhere in California. The cap applies to both existing and prospective tenancies, meaning a landlord cannot raise the rent on a vacant unit beyond the 10% mark. Further, an owner cannot terminate at tenancy in order to charge a new renter more than the cap would allow for the evicted renter. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types, including vacant units. The state of emergency is slated to… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council next month is expected to move forward with a city-sponsored ballot measure aimed at changing the local rent control law approved in 2016. On Nov. 12, the council is expected to decide whether to place such a measure before city voters in the 2020 election.

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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance intended to prevent no-cause evictions until AB 1482 takes effect, a move that several other California jurisdictions are also considering.   The Los Angeles ordinance is intended as a stopgap until the Jan. 1 implementation of AB 1482, the newly signed statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the temporary legislation Tuesday afternoon. 

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Question: I rented an apartment to a young man; he signed a one-year lease and paid the deposit and first month’s rent in full. He moved in today, and less than 24 hours later, he is requesting to get out of his lease because another apartment that he prefers became available. Is there any kind of buyer’s remorse on signing a lease?

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in the city of Alameda. Effective Oct. 18, the city’s “Fair Housing and Tenant Protection Ordinance” requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The ordinance, approved by the Alameda City Council in September, bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. It also prohibits landlords from rejecting an applicant… Read More

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The Milpitas City Council on Tuesday voted to impose an urgency ordinance that bans no-cause evictions until Jan. 1, when a state law with the same objective takes effect.   The council’s move is intended as a stopgap measure leading up to the implementation of Assembly Bill 1482, California’s newly signed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law. 

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The city of Los Angeles is considering an “anti-displacement” proposal that would cap rent increases near new luxury and market-rate apartment developments when those projects lack affordable housing.  The proposal, introduced last month by City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr., would cap rents through “anti-displacement zones.”   These areas would exist for three years and cover a two-mile radius around luxury and market-rate developments with zero affordable units.  

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