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The California Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday released the official list of cities that will have their housing approvals streamlined under SB 35, a bill supported by the California Apartment Association and authored last year by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.

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The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday voted to create an ordinance requiring mandatory lease offerings for renters. The ordinance also will require relocation assistance for tenants in circumstances of large displacement in communities of 15 or more units. The policies reflect recommendations from a Landlord/Tenant Task Force, which included representation from the California Apartment Association. The City Council created the task force last year after rejecting rent control as a policy option.

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An effort to place rent control and eviction controls before Long Beach voters will soon enter the signature-gathering phase. On Tuesday, the Long Beach city attorney gave petitioners the green light to begin collecting signatures for a measure titled the Long Beach Rent Control Ordinance.

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.

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As you consider prospective renters in 2018, 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 $49.12.

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Question: I heard that if a tenant is using drugs on a property, the landlord can be charged on a drug charge, is this true? Answer: A landlord can be cited for maintaining a drug-related nuisance if he or she does not take reasonable steps to remove the illegal drug activity from the property. The local enforcement agency must first advise the landlord of the nuisance.

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State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has introduced a pair of bills to help boost housing production in California, a goal shared by the California Apartment Association. Wiener’s SB 827 is intended to encourage multifamily development around public transportation hubs. The bill would lift some locally imposed low-density zoning standards that can prevent the construction of apartment buildings in these infill locations. The legislation promises to address California’s ongoing housing shortage, and it would offer environmental benefits by boosting higher density housing near public transit, reducing the need for residents to commute by car.

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Tenant activists are again trying to place a rent control measure before voters in Glendale. The Glendale Tenants Union on Tuesday submitted paperwork to place a rent control ordinance on the city’s November 2018 ballot. Before signature gathering begins, the city must issue a title and summary for the initiative. The city has 15 days to do so.

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Rent control activists in the city of Santa Cruz have filed paperwork to place a rent control measure before voters in the November election. Rent control proponents filed their initiative with the Santa Cruz city clerk on Friday, Jan. 19, beginning the process of qualifying the measure.  Within 15 days, the city attorney is expected to review the measure and issue an impartial summary and analysis.

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The California Apartment Association’s Orange County Division has been nominated by Families Forward for the 2018 Giving is Living Award. “The California Apartment Association has made a commitment to our organization as a true community partner, supporting Families Forward in a wide variety of ways to ensure that parents with children who are in crisis, and living in their car or on the street, have the chance to find safety in stable housing and the opportunity to provide for their family again,” said Madelynn Hirneise, director of property acquisition and management for Families Forward. Hirneise added, “We couldn’t do this… Read More

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