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The California Apartment Association has helped remove the sticker shock from a bill intended to bring more electric-vehicle charging stations to multi-family parking lots. When AB 2565 was first introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, it would have required that rental property owners with more than 50 parking spaces dedicate at least 1 percent of the spots to electric vehicles — and pay to install the equipment. The cost is roughly $6,500 to $15,000 per station. Following negotiations between all interested parties, however, the bill would now require that tenants both request and pay for charging stations – and related… Read More

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A bill that threatened to strip landlords of their right to leave the rental housing business failed on the Senate floor Wednesday, May 28, thanks largely to fierce opposition by the California Apartment Association. SB 1439 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, garnered 18 yes votes but needed 21 to advance from the Senate to the Assembly. While Leno can ask for a new vote through Friday, his chances of resuscitating the bill are meager. To defeat Leno’s bill, CAA lobbied heavily at the Capitol, launched an educational website for the public and spearheaded a letter-writing campaign that prompted hundreds… Read More

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A bill that would close a change-of-ownership “loophole” in California’s Proposition 13 has undergone significant business-friendly amendments, helping it gain momentum in the Assembly. At the insistence of the California Apartment Association and other groups, Assembly Bill 2372 no longer contains wording that could prompt a flood of unnecessary reassessments. In the revised version of AB 2372, authored by  Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, reassessments would follow the sale of commercial property whenever 90 percent of the property is sold over any three-year period. CAA strongly opposed the first version of the bill, which would… Read More

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As expected, a bill that would hinder a landlord’s right to take rental units off the market in San Francisco advanced from the Judiciary Committee this week. It next goes to the Senate floor. SB 1439 by state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would undermine the Ellis Act, a 1985 law that bars local governments from making landlords stay in the rental housing business. The Ellis Act especially protects owners of rental properties in rent controlled cities, where landlords can find themselves operating at a loss. On Monday, Leno’s bill passed the Judiciary Committee by a 5 to 2 vote… Read More

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The California Apartment Association this week vowed to continue its fight against a split-roll tax bill that would allow school districts to impose different parcel tax rates on different types of property. SB 1021 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, passed the Senate on Monday, May 5, by a 21-15 margin and now heads to the Assembly. Under Wolk’s bill, a school district could base tax assessments on characteristics such as parcel size, the size of improvements to the parcel and use of the land. CAA joins a coalition comprising dozens of business groups opposed to this legislation. Similar to last… Read More

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A bill that would likely offer a tax rebate to hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians renters survived its first committee hearing this week. “It’s essential for people who are low-income and disabled to take care of a lot of their basic needs at a time when costs are raising and rents are raising,” said Mira Ingram. The San Francisco resident, who uses a wheelchair and is on a fixed income, is quoted in this KCBS story about the bill. AB 2175, or the Renter’s Tax Assistance Act, would provide tax refunds to financially struggling renters. “Homeowners get state tax… Read More

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A bill that would make employees liable for filing “bad faith” lawsuits passed the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday. AB 2095 by Assemblyman Donald Wagner, R-Irvine, targets frivolous litigation by awarding an employer attorneys’ fees when the defendant can prove the worker filed suit in bad faith. It would discourage litigation regarding technical violations on itemized wage statements that don’t harm the employee but end up costing employers thousands of dollars to defend in court. The state’s labor code says eight categories of information that must appear in an itemized  wage statement provided to the employee. The purpose… Read More

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An anti-Ellis Act bill is dead after its author refused to eliminate wording that would have encouraged tenants to wage court battles as a tactic to stay in rent-controlled apartments already removed from the market. The California Apartment Association on Tuesday derailed AB 2405 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. The bill received four votes but needed six to survive its hearing in the Judiciary Committee. Last week, after CAA persuaded lawmakers to gut the most problematic aspects of the bill, AB 2405 advanced from the Assembly Committee on Local Government. On Tuesday, however, Ammiano would not agree to remove… Read More

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Thanks to CAA, Riverside County supervisors aren’t about to create a new development impact fee to put new beds in the county jail. The California Apartment Association’s Inland Empire Division, with assistance from the Riverside Building Industry Association and Inland Empire Commercial Real Estate Development Association, persuaded the Board of Supervisors to postpone a vote whether to approve a new “Criminal Justice Public Facilities” impact fee of $1,200 per unit. The staff-recommended fee hike was on the board’s April 22 agenda. “We informed the supervisors that county staff didn’t tell us about the proposed amendments to Ordinance 659, and we… Read More

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Strong opposition led by RHA Sacramento Valley persuaded the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to put its proposed property tax assessment on hold. This action spared rental property owners from a new annual assessment of $14 to $30 per unit. The Fire District had been seeking a special vote-by-mail election to gain approval of a new “Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment.” If approved, the assessment would have raised $12 million annually to reopen five engine companies closed during the recession. RHA – a chapter of the California Apartment Association — was the first business group to oppose the assessment and others quickly… Read More

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