CAA members wanting to prevent rent control from taking hold in San Diego County are urged to visit a new website — ProtectOurHousing.com. The website comes from National City Residents for Fair & Equitable Housing, the campaign fighting the rent control initiative on National City’s Nov. 6 ballot. The California Apartment Association spearheaded the creation of the campaign. “Measure W is a poorly written ballot measure that jeopardizes the future of National City, the website says. “The flawed Measure W will reduce the number of available rental units in National City and result in the deterioration of the homes that… Read More
Question: I have recently purchased a 20-unit apartment building. Must I have an apartment manager on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Answer: California law requires that you have a manager, janitor, housekeeper or other responsible person reside on the premises representing the ownership when there are 16 units or more. They do not have to be working 24/7.
Election officials will determine by mid-October whether tenant activists collected enough valid voter signatures to place a rent control initiative before Sacramento city voters in 2020. Beginning in March, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Service Employees International Union used paid signature gatherers, volunteers, and their own staff to circulate a petition to place rent control before city voters. Although they missed the deadline to place the initiative on this November’s ballot, they kept collecting signatures in hopes of qualifying their measure for the next general election, now a year and a half away.
Menlo Park is conducting public outreach on a proposal that would bring a form of rent control to the city. Under a plan pitched by the Menlo Park Housing Commission, rental property owners would be forced to pay relocation payments triggered by a “significant rent increase” or a “landlord-caused termination.” Such requirements would create a form of rent control and just-cause eviction in Menlo Park, respectively. “Not only is this proposal a major hindrance to landlords and a dangerous step towards rent control, but it deviates entirely from the direction the City Council advised upon in January of 2017,” said… Read More
The passage of Proposition 10 could invite radical activists to circumvent elected leaders and pursue extreme rent control measures through the initiative process. That’s the takeaway from a news release issued this week by the No on Prop 10 campaign. Proponents of Prop 10, a measure on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, argue the measure would simply give city and county officials more freedom to pass rent control policies. In reality, it would transfer power to local activists seeking to restrict new development, even if it hurts tenants and homeowners, say local… Read More
The California Apartment Association this week issued a background paper to help its members comply with a new law requiring periodic inspections of certain apartment balconies, stairwells and other elevated structures. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo. The bill came in response to tragic balcony and stairwell collapses in two apartment buildings several years ago.
Question: I have tenants whose lease ends at the end of this month. Can I begin to show prospective tenants the unit while my current tenants are still under a lease? Answer: You can show the property to prospective tenants at any time during the lease, upon giving reasonable written notice of intent to enter (24 hours is presumed reasonable under the law) and the entry is done during normal business hours.
During a special housing workshop held on Sept. 4, competing proposals were announced by Sacramento Mayor Steinberg and three members of the City Council. As expected, Mayor Darrell Steinberg presented the framework of his plan to increase housing supply and provide rent relief. The proposal includes rent control that limits annual rent increases to 5 percent, but sunsets after three years. The temporary rent cap would exempt units built prior to 1999 and any units owned by property owners with five or fewer units. If the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act remains in place after the November election, Steinberg’s proposal would… Read More