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
Gov. Gavin Newsom has extended a prohibition on rent increases over 10 percent for several counties devastated by wildfires over the past few years. In an executive order, Newsom announced that protections against price gouging of rents and other consumer goods will continue through Dec. 31 of this year for Mendocino, Napa, Santa Barbara, Shasta, and Sonoma counties. Newsom’s order came Friday, May 31, the day the protections had been scheduled to expire. It is intended to help residents still recovering from 2017 and 2018 fires, including the Mendocino Complex, Carr, Tubbs, Nuns, Atlas and Thomas fires.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Mike Nemeth, communications director, at (916) 449-6426 The California Apartment Association remains steadfastly opposed to AB 1482, the statewide rent control bill, which fails to address the ongoing housing shortage and stands to make the problem worse. The bill, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed off the Assembly floor this week and advanced to the state Senate. “It makes no sense to cap rents unless you’re also going to cap all of the operating expenses that apartment owners incur,” said Tom Bannon, CAA’s chief executive officer. “And there’s nothing in this bill that encourages one… Read More
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A grassroots campaign led by the California Apartment Association has helped stop a tenant-unionizing bill that sought special protections for renters’ rights groups. SB 529 by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, died on the Senate floor this week, lacking the votes needed to proceed to the Assembly. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo Prior to sweeping amendments to the bill this month, SB 529 would have allowed tenant groups to withhold rent payments in response to grievances or complaints against a landlord. The bill at one point specified rent increases over the rate of inflation as justification for a rent strike… Read More
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.
At its Legislative Conference, the California Apartment Association spent Wednesday morning providing a crash course on the most significant legislation facing the rental housing industry in 2019. By the afternoon, more than 400 rental housing professionals, thoroughly prepped by CAA’s public affairs team, were ready for their walk to the Capitol, where they went from office to office, advocating for their industry in one of the busiest years in recent memory for landlord-tenant legislation. The program started at 10 a.m. in a sprawling ballroom in the downtown Sacramento Sheraton Grand. Over the next two hours, CAA’s government affairs leaders… Read More
Despite strong opposition from the California Apartment Association, the California Chamber of Commerce and others, a statewide rent control bill on Wednesday night passed off the state Assembly floor. CAA remains steadfastly opposed to the bill, AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. The legislation now awaits committee hearings in the Senate. Early Wednesday evening, AB 1482 appeared to be defeated for the year, being 7-8 votes short of the 41 votes needed for passage. Chiu, however, agreed to several amendments to his proposal, which led the California Association of Realtors to lift its opposition and take a neutral position… Read More
Signs only required in smoking areas and enclosed parking garages The California Apartment Association has made it easier for landlords to comply with new Proposition 65 “safe harbor” warning requirements, which apply to all California companies with 10 or more employees. This summer, thanks to a new regulation secured by CAA, landlords will be able to use their rental agreements to communicate most Proposition 65 warnings to tenants – a better alternative than the onerous safe harbor under a prior regulation that took effect in August of 2018. Proposition 65, enacted by voters in 1986, requires businesses with 10 or… Read More