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On May 1, tenant activists are expected to make good on their threat to start rent strikes in California and elsewhere in the United States. Groups are calling on tenants to withhold rent, even those who have suffered no financial hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic. These groups also are calling for property owners to cancel rent for all tenants, regardless of need. Some of the California Apartment Association’s largest members have received letters demanding that these companies either agree to the activists’ terms or face a national housing strike effective May. 1. CAA recognizes that some tenants may be unable… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today vowed to fight anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein’s efforts to have Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature suspend the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, California’s most important landlord-protection law. CAA is preparing to mobilize its members to oppose any suspension of Costa-Hawkins, which would allow vacancy controls and authorize cities and counties to limit rent increases — even below the rate of inflation — on single-family homes, condominiums and apartments built after 1995.  Vacancy controls would keep local rent caps in place during changes in tenancy, preventing units from reaching market rates.  Although Weinstein claims his proposal… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has challenged the city of Santa Ana and Contra Costa County for violating the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act. Both jurisdictions, citing tenant hardships caused by COVID-19, imposed bans on rent increases, however, these prohibitions conflict with state law. The Santa Ana rent freeze applies to all tenants and all housing, regardless of housing type or age. The Contra Costa County ban failed to exempt newer units, which is a required under Costa-Hawkins. These moves violate Costa-Hawkins, which prohibits local governments from imposing rent control on single-family homes and condominiums and on apartments built after 1995.… Read More

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The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday rejected several items that posed threats to California’s rental housing industry, including a move that would have violated the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. On a 7-6 vote, the council: Rejected an extension of the city’s freeze on rent increases to property shielded from local rent control laws under Costa-Hawkins. The city attorney warned the council that such an action would violate state law. The council also voted against extending the rent freeze to properties covered under Assembly Bill 1482, the statewide rent cap law that went into effect Jan. 1. Rejected an attempt… Read More

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The San Jose City Council next week is expected to consider an ordinance that would freeze rents on all rent-controlled units for the rest of the year. At this week’s meeting, the council directed the city attorney to return Tuesday, April 21, with an ordinance that: Freezes rents on all rent-controlled units until Dec. 31, 2020.  Clarifies that it is not a service reduction if a landlord reduces amenities to comply with a public health order. Waives building/repair maintenance permit fees for rental properties under 20 units. Allows a landlord to lower rents and maintain the higher base rent for… Read More

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A bill in response to COVID-19 would allow the courts to force rental property owners in California to reduce rents by 25%. The bill, AB 828 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, also would force landlords to subsidize the rents of their tenants. Assemblyman Phil Ting Ting’s proposal ignores the robust rent and eviction controls already in place across California. It provides no assurances that landlords can collect rent, remove problem tenants, or get a fair hearing in the court system. Read CAA’s letter opposing AB 828 here. Landlords can help CAA fight this bill by sending a letter to… Read More

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The California Apartment Association today urged the California Judicial Council to revisit its decision to suspend virtually all evictions in the state, saying the council’s move creates an unlevel playing field that will protect banks and tenants but leave rental property owners vulnerable well after the COVID-19 crisis ends.  The council’s decision, made Monday during an emergency meeting, allows tenants, including those with the ability to pay, to withhold rent without fear of eviction but leaves landlords struggling to pay their mortgages without protection from foreclosure. CAA sent council members this letter, which includes recommendations to revise the eviction rule… Read More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact Mike Nemeth, communications director(916) 449-6426, mnemeth@caanet.org The California Apartment Association today urged the California Judicial Council to revisit its decision to suspend virtually all evictions in the state, saying the council’s move creates an unlevel playing field that will protect banks and tenants but leave rental property owners vulnerable well after the COVID-19 crisis ends.  The council’s decision, made Monday during an emergency meeting, allows tenants, including those with the ability to pay, to withhold rent without fear of eviction but leaves landlords struggling to pay their mortgages without protection from foreclosure. CAA sent council members this… Read More

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The San Jose City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal to suspend rent collections during the COVID-19 crisis. The city attorney agreed with the California Apartment Association’s contention that the proposal violated the U. S. Constitution and was otherwise unlawful. Moreover, the city attorney conceded that a city-mandated rent suspension was a taking that subjected the city to costly lawsuits. As a result, the City Council declined to move forward with the proposal. This success would not have been possible without rental housing providers responding to CAA’s action alert Since Monday, the City Council received over 1,100 letters opposing… Read More

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Apartment Association is hearing from members that some residents have not paid their April rent. The association has created an informal poll to gauge the scope of the problem. The survey includes four multiple-choice questions and takes less than one minute to complete. The answers will remain anonymous.

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