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A proposal going before the Redwood City Council on Monday would guarantee that tenants of multifamily housing be offered leases of at least one year. Under a related proposal, rental property owners would need to off relocation assistance to tenants when certain conditions are met. The California Apartment Association generally supports the concept of these two policies, as they provide predictability and stability for housing providers and residents, without imposing overly burdensome regulations.

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A bill co-sponsored by the California Apartment Association would create financial consequences for local governments that fail to allow their fair share of housing. AB 1759 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, would withhold road maintenance funds from cities and counties until they meet their housing production goals as assigned by the state. Along with CAA, the California Association of Realtors is co-sponsoring the legislation.

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The California Apartment Association hired Mallori Spilker as its new government affairs director for the CAA Sacramento Valley division. She joins the public affairs staff in the Sacramento region led by Senior Vice President Jim Lofgren. “Mallori brings highly desired skills and experience to the position,” Lofgren said. “With the threat of rent control looming in Sacramento, we are very fortunate to have someone of her caliber on our side.” Before relocating to the Sacramento area, Spilker worked for two years in CAA’s North Bay division, establishing the government affairs and political action programs in Northern Marin and Sonoma counties.

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Question: If the contract says no pets, but does not specify fish, can I stop a tenant from keeping a 150-gallon aquarium? Answer: Fish are considered pets by most judges, so they are violating the lease by having a 150-gallon tank. A small goldfish bowl may not constitute a major breach, but a 150-gallon tank most likely does.

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Owners and managers of rental housing can now make contributions to the campaign to prevent the repeal of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. A statewide ballot measure that would overturn Costa-Hawkins and bring extreme forms of rent control back to California is expected to qualify for the November ballot. Californians for Responsible Housing is accepting campaign contributions to defeat the measure at SaveCostaHawkins.org. Related content: After defeat of AB 1506, tenant groups turn to initiative to overturn Costa-Hawkins (Feb. 2, 2018)

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The city of San Jose has given residential landlords more time to register their properties with the city and to pay the related business tax, a move applauded by the California Apartment Association. The new deadline for residential rental property owners is June 30, 2018. After that date, interest and late fees will apply. Businesses can register with the city here.

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A state lawmaker this year is again trying to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units. The building of accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats or in-law units — is increasingly considered one of the more sensible ways to address California’s housing shortage. And while this housing type is cheaper and quicker to build than a single-family home, the excessive fees and regulatory hurdles associated with granny flats remains a serious deterrent to construction.

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The city of Long Beach this month updated its land-use policies, allowing higher-density housing to be built in certain areas of the city. The changes come through an updated land-use element, which the City Council approved on March 6 following a long and contentious meeting. The land-use element, or LUE, is part of the city’s General Plan, a development and planning document required by the state. The city last updated the LUE in 1989, and since then, Long Beach has added over 44,000 residents. Housing construction has not kept up with demand, with only one housing unit added for every… Read More

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Question: Our tenant’s children put a 6-inch hole in a plaster wall of the house they are renting. The tenant readily admitted that the children “might have been punching the wall a little.” What are our legal options? Answer: You can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions and covenants or quit to require the tenant to pay for the repairs to the wall. If they do not comply with the notice, you should prevail in an eviction.

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It’s no secret that the rental housing industry is wearing a veritable bull’s eye at the state Capitol. Perhaps you’ve seen the recent news stories about efforts to repeal essential state protections under the Costa-Hawkins Act, the law that moderates the most harmful effects of rent control, or efforts to limit the ability of landlords to issue evictions. Certainly, Sacramento stands as the highest-profile battleground for the rental housing industry, but it’s worth noting that the local landscape can be equally hostlile.

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