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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday approved a rent control and “just cause” eviction ordinance that will affect about 44,000 multifamily rental units in the city. The ordinance, accessible here, only applies to multifamily units built before February 1995, as well as downtown single-room residential hotels and mobile home rentals. Single-family and condo units are exempt, as are units owned, operated or subsidized by a government entity.

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Despite massive turnout in opposition, the Culver City Council voted this week to impose a 12-month cap on rent increases. The ordinance, approved on a 4-1 vote on Monday, took effect immediately. It limits rent adjustments to 3% and brings both eviction controls and a rent registry to the city.

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Question: I have a suspicion that one of our tenants falsified his application by giving me a different name and Social Security number than his own. If I can prove this, what are my rights? I have a six-month lease, and he just moved in.

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday will consider imposing rent control and “just cause” eviction policies on most of the city’s rental housing. The California Apartment Association urges its members to attend this meeting and speak out against the proposed ordinance, which is described in this city staff report. Jim Lofgren “Sacramento needs an influx of rental housing to keep pace with demand,” said Jim Lofgren, CAA’s senior vice president. “Bringing rent and eviction controls to the city will drive out investment in new housing and exacerbate our housing shortage. It also will leave many rental property owners without the… Read More

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Los Angeles County is expected to begin exploring a potential “electrification” policy that could ultimately phase out the use of natural gas for heating apartments and other residential and commercial buildings in unincorporated parts of the county. On Tuesday, L.A. County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Sheila Kuehl will introduce a motion to research “electrification programs either through new construction or renovation [of] existing building stock.”

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The California Apartment Association’s Tri-County division has announced it will donate $30,000 to help Silicon Valley families avoid homelessness and to provide quality affordable housing. Attendees of CAA Tri-County’s Charity Golf Tournament pose for a photo by Daniel Gaines Photography. CAA Tri-County raised the money through its 30th annual Charity Golf Tournament on June 13 in San Jose. The funds will go to the Housing Industry Foundation, which provides one-time grants to help families at risk of homelessness, renovates affordable-housing units and helps families find affordable housing units in either Santa Clara or San Mateo counties while providing them with… Read More

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The California Apartment Association applauds the governor and state Legislature for approving AB 101, a budget trailer bill expected to make headway against both the housing and homelessness crises. Passed by lawmakers earlier this summer and signed by the governor last week, the bill will provide dollars for housing while imposing penalties against cities that refuse to build their fair share of homes. When lawmakers return from their summer recess Monday, they’ll have an opportunity to build on the strengths of this “carrot and stick” approach to housing production.

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Question: I have a tenant who always “races” his car in the parking area. We have families with small children and a posted five mile per hour speed limit. What can I do to make him stop?

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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 this week published a pair of “Industry Insight” papers to help rental housing owners comply with new relocation-assistance ordinances in the cities of Pasadena and Long Beach. In Pasadena, a relocation allowance for tenants in good standing took effect July 13. The ordinance expanded the eligibility of displaced tenants to receive a relocation allowance and moving expenses from the landlord. Moreover,  it increased relocation amounts and protections for tenants then the property is sold to a new owner who then increases the rent by more than CPI+5%, serves a termination notice, or evicts the tenant. For… Read More

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