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In response to a CAA-led referendum, the El Cerrito City Council on Wednesday night repealed its “just cause” for eviction ordinance, a move that will prevent a costly election and keep a destructive housing policy off the books.   The decision came on a 4-1 vote, with Mayor Rochelle Pardue-Okimoto dissenting. The council initially passed the just cause eviction law in May on a 3-2 vote. CAA immediately sponsored a referendum to overturn the decision and collected nearly 2,000 signatures from El Cerrito registered voters to do so. It is commonly known that just cause makes it more difficult to evict… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is rallying rental housing owners and managers in Culver City to oppose a temporary rent cap going before the City Council on Aug. 12. The yearlong rent freeze proposal is expected to cap rent increases at 3%, although that figure could change. The interim ordinance also would impose “just cause” eviction restrictions.

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A cap on rent increases in the city of Vallejo will remain in effect for at least a few more weeks – and possibly much longer.   During a special meeting July 3, the City Council declared a local emergency that triggered protections against price gouging under state law. Once activated, the state’s anti-price-gouging law prohibits price increases over 10% for many consumer goods and services, including rental housing, for 30 days following the declaration.  

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A bill that would impose rent control and “just cause” eviction policies statewide won passage Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation advanced on a 6-1 vote with one abstention. It now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, its last stop before the Senate floor. The bill would cap annual rent increases at 7% plus the consumer price index — the same formula adopted earlier this year in Oregon. The bill would apply to nearly all of California’s rental housing stock, including apartments and some single-family homes, and it would apply in jurisdictions where voters and local elected leaders… Read More

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A coalition led by CAA — including  local businesses, the real estate sector, homeowners and other community members – has qualified a referendum on El Cerrito’s “just cause” for eviction ordinance. To qualify the referendum, petitioners needed to submit 1,631 valid voter signatures to El Cerrito’s city clerk. On Thursday, the Contra County registrar of voters confirmed the success of that effort, counting 1,993 valid signatures.

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A grassroots campaign led by the California Apartment Association has stopped a “just cause” eviction policy, a rent moratorium, and an unreasonable new trigger for mediation from coming to Concord.  

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The California Apartment Association is calling on its members to speak out against a package of landlord-tenant proposals that would bring rent and eviction controls to the city of Concord.  CAA asks that rental housing providers speak out at the Concord City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 19, and email council members today.  At Wednesday’s meeting, the council will vote on the following:   “Just cause” eviction ordinance: limits your ability to regain possession of your property or evict problem tenants.  Tenant relocation fee: a forced payment to the tenant of up to three times the market rent if you don’t renew a lease.  Binding arbitration: a mandatory requirement for you to justify rent… Read More

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Tenant activists are again attempting to place a rent control measure before voters in Pasadena. Rent control proponents last month announced they would attempt to qualify an initiative for the November 2020 ballot. Although the measure currently lacks details, tenant activists hope to cap rents at the rate of inflation and include a “just cause” eviction policy in the measure, according to LAist. The Pasadena Tenant Justice Coalition is behind the latest effort. The coalition includes five groups: the Pasadena Tenants Union; Socialist Scientists of Pasadena; Affordable Housing Services; American Civil Liberties Union—Southern California; and the Democratic Socialists of America… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has stopped a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction controls across California. On Thursday, AB 1481 died for the year, lacking the votes needed to win full Assembly approval by this week’s deadline.   CAA led a strong grassroots campaign to defeat the bill.

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Over CAA’s objections, the Long Beach City Council this week approved an ordinance that effectively caps rent increases at 10% on the city’s older apartment buildings and limits the ability of landlords to terminate tenancies. The Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance, which advanced Tuesday on a 6-3 vote, contains forms of both rent control and so-called “just cause” eviction policies. The council is expected to formalize approval of the ordinance with a second vote June 11.

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