California’s chief law enforcement officer has labeled the AIDS Health Foundation — the group bankrolling an extreme rent control measure on November’s ballot — as “delinquent” in its nonprofit status, according to a press release from Californians for Responsible Housing. Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week said the foundation, which is headed by anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein, failed to file documents necessary to meet the requirements to claim charitable standing in the state. Attorney General Xavier Becerra “Once again, it appears that Michael Weinstein’s group, which essentially is a drug company masquerading as a charity, is trying to hide the… Read More
The continued spread of the coronavirus, including California’s first death from the outbreak, prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom this week to declare a statewide emergency. “The state of California is deploying every level of government to help identify cases and slow the spread of this coronavirus,” Newsom said in this news release Wednesday. “This emergency proclamation will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly.”
A newly introduced bill would allow local governments to seize corporate-owned properties that sit vacant for 90 days or more. SB 1079 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire the unoccupied housing. It also would allow cities and counties to levy fines against the owner.
In a decision that could have statewide implications, the California Energy Commission on on Feb. 20 approved an alternative way for developers of low-rise apartment buildings in Sacramento County to comply with the state’s new solar power mandate. As of Jan. 1, state regulations have required that most new homes, including low-rise apartment buildings, be equipped with rooftop solar power.
As you consider prospective renters in 2020, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process. This includes the actual money spent gathering information, as well as time spent by you or your staff. But no matter how much you pay for tenant screening, your fee to applicants may not exceed $52.46 That figure represents this year’s maximum applicant-screening charge. Each December, the state of California adjusts its cap on applicant-screening fees based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. This year’s adjustment amounted to an increase of $1.52. Members can follow this… Read More
Michael Weinstein and his AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the organization bankrolling a statewide radical rent control initiative, have been accused of violating multiple political finance laws while campaigning to defeat a major housing-production bill. Earlier today, California YIMBY, which stands for Yes In My Backyard, filed a formal complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Committee. The complaint alleges that Weinstein ignored well-established state reporting requirements in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose SB 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. The legislation, which died last month on the Senate floor, would have allowed for expedited housing construction, including… Read More
In the city of Long Beach, planning a major renovation project is no longer enough to terminate a tenancy. Now, city landlords must also have a permit in-hand before proceeding with this type of eviction — a requirement that could delay remodeling projects. The city of Los Angeles also is pursuing this type of ordinance. Under AB 1482, the newly imposed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law, landlords can file no-fault evictions for a few select reasons, including to perform substantial renovations to their properties.
As expected, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is trying again to create a statewide rental registry. On Tuesday, Wicks introduced AB 2406, which would create a rental registry for all California landlords with more than five units. Last year, the California Apartment Association helped kill a similar bill, AB 724, which had an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants.