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The California Apartment Association has offered its support for a bill that would raise the state’s renter’s tax credit for the first time in decades. “Housing costs are going through the roof in California, and families are struggling to pay the rent,” said state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Contra Costa. Glazer unveiled the bill Wednesday with two principal coauthors — Assemblywomen Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, and Sharon Quirk-Silva, D-Orange County, as well as 28 coauthors. The legislation, SB 248, would increase California’s renter’s credit for the first time in 40 years and would represent significant help to single parents in particular.… Read More

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During his inaugural state of the state address, Gov. Gavin Newsom this week called on lawmakers to craft legislation that stabilizes rental prices without ruining the businesses of small landlords. “The pressures on vulnerable renters didn’t go away after the election,” Newsom said Tuesday. “We need new rules to stabilize neighborhoods and prevent evictions, without putting small landlords out of business. I want the best ideas from everyone in this chamber. Here is my promise to you, get me a good package on rent stability this year and I will sign it.” Beyond sparing the businesses of small rental housing… Read More

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Question: I had to go through an eviction to regain possession of one of my rentals. I also received a judgment for the rent, court costs and my attorneys’ fees. How can I collect this judgment? Do I have to go back to court? Answer: The law provides for a variety of ways to collect the judgment. Wage garnishments, bank levys, attachment of personal property and judgment debtor examinations are formal ways to collect monetary judgments.  Of those listed, a bank levy is the most effective way to collect a judgment. Receiving accurate information on the rental application allows optimal… Read More

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The Chico City Council this week declined to pursue an ordinance that would place restrictions on terminating tenancies and force owners to pay relocation fees. On Tuesday, Chico Councilwoman Ann Schwabe made a motion to place the issue on a future agenda, but it failed to generate support from fellow council members. Members of the California Apartment Association in Chico joined a broad coalition of rental owners, property managers, Realtors, and homebuilders that flooded council members with emails and phone calls voicing opposition.

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Although CAA has secured several positive changes to a rental housing ordinance under consideration in Glendale, a worrisome relocation-fee component remains in the proposal. The City Council introduced the ordinance Tuesday night and is expected to take a final vote on the ordinance at its Feb. 12 meeting. Although characterized as a “right to a lease” ordinance, the measure included a number of other elements that concerned the California Apartment Association. The council has agreed to remove: A rent registry. A mandatory mediation program. An increase to current no-cause eviction relocation fees. Still in the ordinance, however, are relocation fees… Read More

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Taking a page from Marin County, the San Rafael City Council this week agreed to continue studying “just cause” eviction and mandatory mediation policies. City staff highlighted both ideas in a report on “renter protections” delivered to the council Monday. At the meeting, the California Apartment Association reiterated its opposition to just cause, which forces landlords to prove that at least one of several specified conditions exist before evictions can proceed. Such policies drag out the eviction process and make it more difficult and costly to terminate tenancies.

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Question: Are e-mail communications between tenant and landlord admissible in court? Answer: Yes, e-mails can be allowed into evidence, but cannot be used to serve notices.  

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In 2019, the California Apartment Association will continue to address a wide range of local rental housing issues in the Sacramento Valley. Here are four of the most consequential issues to watch: Rent control ballot measure In the city of Sacramento, an initiative that would implement rent control and strict tenancy-termination restrictions qualified to appear on the ballot sometime in 2020. The next step is for the City Council to decide which ballot will include the measure, with options likely coming down to the March primary or November’s general election. Before acting, the council will review a pending legal opinion… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has helped stave off a number of negative rental housing policy proposals for two cities on the San Francisco Peninsula. In January, members of the South San Francisco City Council publicly denounced rent control, and Half Moon Bay’s council deferred action on a relocation-assistance proposal and other worrisome policies. On Jan. 9, the South San Francisco City council held a workshop on “tenant protections” and strategies to address displacement resulting from rising rents, renovations and substandard housing.

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Employing a new law supported by CAA, the Newsom Administration has sued a Southern California city for allegedly stifling the production of low-income housing. On Jan. 25, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his approval of legal action against Huntington Beach, claiming that the city in Orange County has squelched the construction of affordable housing while also refusing to meet regional housing needs. “The state doesn’t take this action lightly,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in this news release. “The huge housing costs and sky-high rents are eroding quality of life for families across this state. California’s housing crisis is an existential threat… Read More

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