Question: After a lease expires and it is month-to-month, how much notice must a tenant give me in order to legally terminate the lease? He says one week. Is this true? Answer: In California, 30-days written notice is required to terminate a month-to-month tenancy and can be served by either party at any time during the tenancy. If all of the occupants have been in possession for one year or longer, the landlord must serve a 60-day notice.
Although Santa Cruz voters rejected a rent control initiative by a wide margin this past fall, the city’s newly elected council has chosen to pass components of the measure anyway. In the Nov. 6 election, CAA helped secure the resounding defeat of Measure M, an initiative that would have brought both rent control and “just cause” eviction policies to the city of Santa Cruz.
Tenant advocates demanded rent control at this week’s Inglewood City Council meeting, but the city’s mayor said the policy isn’t the best path forward, pointing to Santa Monica as evidence. Outside groups and a small number of renter activists staged a mobilization during Tuesday’s council meeting, calling for both rent caps and “just cause” eviction measures.
Talk about a newsy year for California’s rental housing industry. 2018 brought the rise and fall of Proposition 10, some sensible approaches to the state’s housing shortage, and another round of devastating wildfires accompanied by protections against rent gouging. Although last year is history, 2018’s biggest stories will continue to unfold in the months to come. In the paragraphs below, we focus on half-a-dozen rental housing stories with statewide implications — and make a few predictions to boot. Statewide rent control proposals defeated
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Question: Do I have to pay a tenant interest on his security deposit? Answer: There are no state laws requiring that interest be paid on the tenant’s security deposit. However, some rent control ordinances and/or other local ordinances do require interest to be paid. Question: Our tenants have just informed us via telephone that their rent check will bounce, they don’t plan to cover it, and they intend to vacate the premises by the end of this month. They want us to use the majority of their security deposit as last month’s rent. If we don’t give a three-day notice… Read More
The California Apartment Association is opposing a recommendation from a regional policy committee that the state Legislature impose rent control and “just cause” eviction restrictions across the entire nine-county Bay Area. The entire plan, if adopted by the Legislature, could cost as much as $2 billion per year. CAA this week restated its objections to the recommendation, which is part of a plan promoted by the Committee to House the Bay Area, or CASA, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. CASA spent 18 months developing recommendations for state legislation to address the housing crisis experienced by the Bay… Read More
Numerous laws taking effect on New Year’s Day will impact the way rental housing providers do business in California. To help you prepare, we’ve summarized 10 of the most significant of those new laws in the paragraphs below. For information on other rental housing-related laws coming up in 2019, check out CAA’s New Laws Webinar. Safety at the property Balcony inspections: SB 721 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will require periodic inspections of certain apartment balconies, stairwells and other elevated structures. This law came in response to tragic balcony and stairwell collapses in two apartment buildings several years ago.… Read More
To help rental housing professionals prepare for the new year, the California Apartment Association has updated all its rental forms and instruction sheets. The association also has published a pair of new forms for members to use in 2019. CAA’s Compliance Committee made these changes based on new laws, member requests and questions submitted through CAA’s Landlord Helpline. All new and revised forms are accessible through our rental forms page. Here is a list of the forms with major revisions, as well as the newly published forms: Forms 2.0/2.1: Rental/Lease Agreement (Updated): This form was revised to allow third-party rent… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and Tuesday Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2.