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Question: New tenants signed our lease and paid the first month’s rent. Now they want to get out of the lease. They did not take possession. Answer: When the tenant signs a lease, they are bound by the terms whether or not they change their mind later.

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Proposition 10, the statewide ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, was trailing by a growing margin in a poll released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. The PPIC poll shows that 60 percent of likely voters would vote no on Prop 10, while 25 percent would vote yes, and 15 percent are undecided. If Costa-Hawkins is overturned in the November election, California cities and counties will once again gain the authority to adopt extreme forms of rent control, including the imposition of rent caps on new apartments and single-family homes. Such moves would… Read More

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A newly released paper by a UC Berkeley economist explores how repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act could drive down property values and erode tax money for school districts and local communities. The paper, “The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: How Rent Control Reduces Property Values, Hurts Small Businesses and Limits State and Local Tax Revenue,” was authored by Kenneth T. Rosen, chairman of UC Berkeley’s Fisher Center and chairman and founder of Rosen Consulting Group. If California voters approve Proposition 10 and overturn Costa-Hawkins in the Nov. 6 election, cities and counties will once again be authorized to adopt extreme… Read More

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After more than a year of discussion, the city of Santa Barbara has drafted proposed ordinances that could require rental housing providers to offer leases to prospective tenants, and in some cases, relocation assistance to displaced renters. First drafts of the ordinances were presented this week to the Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee.

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Under a law inspired by the #MeToo movement, more California small businesses — including those in the rental housing industry — will be required to conduct training to prevent sexual harassment.

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The California Apartment Association’s Board of Directors has taken positions on four housing-related propositions on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot.

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Question: Can a three-day notice be served for the cost of damage to the unit caused by a resident? A 5-year-old flooded an upstairs carpeted room, resulting in carpet repair and drywall repair of the ceiling downstairs. The standard lease form in effect clearly provides for the tenant to pay in this circumstance. Answer: So long as your lease does not provide otherwise, you can serve a three-day notice to perform conditions or covenants in writing demanding the resident pay for the repair.

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Sacramento Vice Mayor Steve Hansen presented his Tenant Protection and Relief Act to members attending the CAA Sacramento Valley luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 16. The proposed ordinance would establish a mediation process allowing tenants the option to dispute annual rent increases exceeding 6 percent. It also would require landlords to offer tenants the option of an 18-month lease. Hansen explained that City Councilmen Eric Guerra and Rick Jennings serve as co-authors of the proposal. Like Hansen, they consider the proposal a reasonable alternative to rent control and just-cause tenancy termination restrictions. All three want to protect tenants from arbitrary evictions,… Read More

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During an event by a CAA chapter this week, property owners said they would make dozens of units available to Section 8 voucher holders, helping put a dent in chronic homelessness in Kern County. The 47 units promised by local landlords are expected to be made available by February of next year. That commitment was made Tuesday, Oct. 16, during the California Landlords Summit on Homelessness in Bakersfield. The event was hosted by the Income Property Association of Kern, a chapter of the California Apartment Association. According to the Kern County Homeless Collaborative, 60 chronically homeless individuals are on its… Read More

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More than 75 representatives of the multifamily-housing industry met this week for a discussion on the recent push to study rent control at Glendale City Hall. The Wednesday, Oct. 17, meeting covered the history of the rent control threat in Glendale, how the City Council has reacted toward the concept, and the inevitable impacts a rent control policy would have if adopted.

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