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A bill introduced in the California Legislature this week would force landlords to defer rents for possibly years on end for tenants who’ve been unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemlyman David Chiu The rent-deferral period under AB 1436 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would last until 15 months after a  state or local state of emergency is lifted. “We know that  in many cases local governments don’t lift their emergency orders for years,” said Debra Carlton, the California Apartment Association’s executive vice president for state public affairs. “That means an owner… Read More

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The Judicial Council of California on Wednesday suspended its vote whether to reopen the courts and start processing unlawful-detainer actions again this summer. The California court system announced earlier this week that the council would decide today whether to let its emergency rule on evictions expire Aug. 3. The council’s rule, made during an emergency meeting in April, brought to a halt nearly all eviction actions in the state. The rule was in response to the financial hardships that many tenants faced due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now that California is beginning to reopen, the Judicial Council decided to weigh… Read More

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California courts are expected to begin processing unlawful-detainer actions again in roughly two months. The Judicial Council of California will decide by Wednesday whether to let its suspension of evictions expire Aug. 3. The council’s eviction suspension took effect in April in response to the coronavirus and its financial impacts on renters. The council’s anticipated decision this week comes as California begins a phased reopening, and courts restore services shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Housing policy decisions are usually left to the state Legislature, which was unable to hold sessions during the statewide shelter-in-place order,” Judge Marla Anderson, chairwoman… Read More

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AB 1482, or the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, imposes “just cause” for eviction requirements on many residential rental properties in California. If a tenancy is protected by just cause, AB 1482 prohibits a landlord from terminating the tenancy, without providing a reason that’s permissible under the legislation.   Under AB 1482, an owner’s intent to occupy the unit, including the owner’s spouse, domestic partner, children, grandchildren, parents, or grandparents, is an allowed reason for terminating the tenancy. However, under the law, for a tenancy that starts or renews on or after July 1, 2020, the owner move-in provision must be… Read More

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The Burbank city clerk has rejected a rent control initiative targeted for the fall  because tenant activists failed to include legally required wording on their petition and in a newspaper notice. In April, rent control proponents submitted signatures to the city. The city clerk, however, discovered that the petitions failed to include the complete notice of intent to circulate or the statement of reasons. The same omissions occurred in the notice of intent published in the Burbank Leader. “I am hereby rejecting each and every Initiative Petition Section submitted to my office on April 13, 2020,” the city clerk, Zizette… Read More

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Thanks to the advocacy work of its members, the California Apartment Association now has more time to educate Los Angeles city officials about the problems of expanding their “just cause” eviction policies. On Thursday, the L.A. City Council’s housing committee was scheduled to consider applying the city’s “just cause” eviction rules to all housing in the city, including condos and single-family homes. The committee, however, tabled that decision after hearing from thousands of CAA members. “In less than 24 hours, over 6,500 messages were sent to council,” Beverly Kenworthy, CAA’s vice president of public affairs in L.A., said after the… Read More

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Whitney Prout In the fourth edition of the CAA Podcast, the association’s policy and compliance counsel, Whitney Prout, discusses Gov. Newsom’s latest executive order on evictions, as well as other COVID-19 related evictions rules still in effect in California.. Listen here More CAA podcasts What landlords should know as California slowly reopens Bills to help landlords, tenants during COVID-19 crisis Tom Bannon on positive and negative COVID-19 legislation

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Local governments in both Northern and Southern California were hard at work this past week considering numerous policies with direct impacts on rental housing providers. The boards of supervisors in both Alameda and Sonoma counties deferred action on proposals to expand their COVID-19 tenant protections. Alameda County has been considering an ordinance to halt nearly all evictions, allow tenants up to one year to repay rent deferred during the pandemic, and prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who fail to pay back rent once the eviction moratorium is lifted. The California Apartment Association raised numerous legal objections to the Alameda proposal… Read More

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CAA has sponsored a Rental Housing Relief Package that would provide emergency assistance to owners and tenants financially injured by COVID-19. These are the only bills in the California Legislature that would provide direct financial resources for both landlords and tenants. SB 1410 (Caballero) – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program – would provide rental payments for tenants unable to pay their rent because of COVID-19 hardships. SB 1431 (Glazer) – Property Reassessment – would allow for an earlier reassessment of residential rental property that’s lost value because of COVID-19 related tenant protections, such as eviction controls and rent freezes. Both bills are… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has stopped legislation that would have created a statewide rental registry and targeted landlords who’ve received government assistance in response to the coronavirus. AB 2406 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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