With the spread of “just cause” eviction requirements throughout the state, it has become increasingly important for landlords to develop and consistently apply appropriate screening criteria to potential tenants. Those screening criteria commonly include income requirements, rental history, and credit requirements, among other things. Landlords typically obtain much of that information through reports provided by third-party screening companies. However, a complex web of federal and state laws imposes detailed requirements on the collection and use of that information. One such state law is the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, which was first enacted in 1975 and has been… Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Mike Nemeth, communications director (916) 449-6426, The California Apartment Association today announced that it will lead a campaign to defeat anti-housing crusader Michael Weinstein’s latest attempt to return California to the radical rent control policies of the 1970s, placing homes further out of reach for seniors and working families.  Weinstein and other supporters of the Rental Affordability Act, also known as Prop 10 2.0, scheduled a number of rallies today to announce the anticipated qualification of their measure for the November 2020 ballot. His previous bid for radical rent control — Proposition 10 — failed… Read More


The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2.


The Rancho Cordova City Council adopted a temporary no-cause eviction ordinance intended to prevent owners from terminating tenancies before AB 1482 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The action was taken despite one council member remarking that the ordinance was “dumb legislation” and “could cause more harm than good.” Under the emergency ordinance, rental owners may not terminate a tenancy without cause through Dec. 31, 2019. Any notice issued after the ordinance was passed on Nov. 18 without one of of the permissible “at-fault” just causes is invalid. However, notices issued prior to the council meeting are not affected. The… Read More

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

Rental owners and property managers in the city of Sacramento are focused on complying with AB 1482 as well as the Tenant Protection and Relief Act passed by the Sacramento City Council. However, they should not forget about the local rent control and “just cause” initiative that already qualified for the ballot in 2020. In October 2018, the registrar of voters certified that a coalition of tenant and labor activists, including ACCE and SEIU, had submitted enough signatures for the initiative to be placed on a future ballot. The coalition intended for the initiative to appear on the November 2018… Read More

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

Thanks to the efforts of the California Apartment Association, a proposal to implement a permanent “just cause” for eviction ordinance, and impose it at the beginning of tenancies, failed to move forward Tuesday. The proposal would have gone further than AB 1482, the upcoming state law that applies its just-cause provisions only after tenants have been in place for a fixed amount of time. After hearing from CAA members, the council opted to adopt a temporary just-cause stopgap measure until AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1. Unlike the permanent proposal, the stopgap measure will expire at the end of this… Read More

Tagged: Greater FresnoCentral Valley

Despite staunch opposition from the California Apartment Association, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a permanent rent control ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county. The approval came on a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Kathryn Barger dissenting. Tuesday’s decision followed two years of hearings, meetings and public testimony from CAA about the drawbacks of local rent control ordinances.

Tagged: Los Angeles

The Mountain View City Council on Tuesday decided to place its own measure before voters seeking changes to the city’s rent control ordinance. The measure, approved on a 5-2 vote, will appear on the March 2020 ballot and would change the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act in several ways. Here are key highlights of what the measure would do:

Tagged: Tri-County

Cities across California this week continued to pursue urgency stopgap ordinances intended to prevent no-cause evictions before AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1.  Approving stopgap measures Tuesday were the following cities: Alhambra, Redondo Beach and Duarte in the Los Angeles area; and Menlo Park and San Carlos in the Bay Area; and Watsonville on the Central Coast. Long Beach ratified its measure Tuesday with a second reading.   As previously reported, more than a dozen other jurisdictions, from Los Angeles to Redwood City, have passed similar stopgap ordinances over the past few weeks.  

Tagged: Los AngelesTri-County

The California Apartment Association has introduced a new, more logical system for numbering all its forms.   The association’s more than 270 forms are now numbered to correspond with the order in which they are used. For example, the first form number, CA-001, is for the application to rent – the first form used in the tenancy. A 30-day termination notice, meanwhile, has a much higher number, CA-235, because it’s at the end of tenancy process.   For a chart showing all of CAA’s forms, including form name, new number and old number, click here.   If you still want to search for forms using the old… Read More