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PLEASANT HILL — A panel of experts will offer an economic forecast next week for Contra Costa, Napa and Solano counties and delve into the implications for the rental housing industry. The California Apartment Association’s 2015 Economic Outlook, set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, will provide an analysis of economic and demographic indicators in the region. Further, the panelists will explore what’s driving those indicators and likely impacts on the apartment business. CAA’s morning-long program will help landlords and property managers put market trends into perspective. With talk of rent control in some regional cities, it’s vital that multifamily professionals understand… Read More

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When he was 13, Brian Govender and his family moved into a San Francisco apartment with rent control. Naturally, the boy didn’t sign the lease. His parents, being grownups, took care of that. Fast forward a decade. Govender, now in his mid-20s, still lives in the rent-controlled apartment. His parents do not. This posed an interesting question regarding when rent control can expire. On one hand, Govender was a young teen when he moved in, so he didn’t sign the rental agreement. Some might say rent control protections for the unit lapsed when his parents moved out. Others would consider… Read More

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The California Apartment Association on Dec. 1, 2014, published three new rental forms, as well as revisions to more than a dozen existing forms and related instruction sheets. The Compliance Committee made these changes based on member requests and questions. A complete list of changes appears in the Forms Change Chart, and all are accessible through our rental forms page. Summaries of the three new forms: Form 5.4 Change of Occupancy: This form allows one or more occupants of a unit to change, without the need for a new rental agreement Form 16.4 Resident’s Request for Maintenance Review: This form… Read More


Make sure your company gets the attention it deserves as hundreds of rental housing decision-makers gather for CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo. This premiere California Apartment Association event returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday, April 8. Exhibitor booths and sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Take advantage of this opportunity to put your products in front of the most influential members of the multi-family housing industry. What you need to know What: CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 Where:… Read More

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For our second highlights video from CAA’s legislative recap webinar, we review six bills that failed in 2014. Each of these bills would have affected the rental housing industry — especially two proposals that threatened the Ellis Act. This landmark state law, passed in the mid 1980s, protects a landlord’s right to leave the apartment business. While dead for now, some of these bills may resurface in 2015. Learn more through the videos below,  which we’ve produced exclusively for CAA members. You may also be interested in our first highights video, which focuses on six rental housing-related bills becoming law… Read More


The California Apartment Association is encouraging rental housing managers to participate in a survey to help fight bed bugs in multi-family housing. CAA is collaborating with the University of California on the study, which includes an electronic survey that takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Take the survey Click here for the University of California’s Bed Bug Survey website, where property managers can learn more about the project and participate in the study. UC researchers want to assess the impact bed bugs have on California’s housing industry while gathering information about bed bug management practices in the state’s multi-unit… Read More


For the second time this fall, a division of the California Apartment Association has formally changed its name to more clearly reflect the region it serves. CAA South Coast is now CAA Orange County. Melinda Graham, chairwoman of the division, announced the official new name during the division’s annual meeting Dec. 5. The announcement came just a few weeks after the association announced that CAA-AAGIE is now CAA Greater Inland Empire. News of this name change came at CAA Greater Inland Empire’s Tapped & Uncorked event. As part of a statewide rebranding initiative, each CAA division reassessed its name. Stay… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s work with San Mateo County has helped shape an ordinance that protects residents from smoking while limiting the liability of rental property owners. The county, including the Board of Supervisors and county counsel, partnered with CAA Tri-County since May 2013 to protect property owners’ and managers’ interests in the regulations. This resulted in wording amenable to the industry because it provides: Liability protection. The ability to designate a smoking area. A 14-month phase-in period. No requirements to post “No Smoking” signage in each unit. The ordinance, approved by supervisors on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Oct. 21,… Read More

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With core values like excellence, leadership, service and community, it’s no wonder that GSF Properties in Fresno is holding a fundraiser this month to help families affected by autism. Dan McCoy, vice president of operations at GSF, talked about the fundraiser, Evening Under the Stars, in an October 2014 Fresno Bee article. “Service is something we are very passionate about,” McCoy, a CAA Fresno board member, said in the story. “We touch a lot of people’s lives every day by providing them with homes. We feel that giving back to the communities where those homes are located is a natural… Read More

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San Francisco will legalize short-term rentals like those offered online by AirBnB, but that greenlight comes with some stipulations – and lingering concerns among both landlord and tenant groups. The Board of Supervisors’ approval of vacation rentals came Tuesday, with a second and final vote expected later this month. “The status quo isn’t working; we have seen an explosion in short-term rentals,” Board President David Chiu said, according to this San Francisco Chronicle article. The story says the ordinance, which lifts the city’s ban on residential rentals shorter than 30 days, is set to take effect in February and will:… Read More

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