Thanks to the advocacy work of its members, the California Apartment Association now has more time to educate Los Angeles city officials about the problems of expanding their “just cause” eviction policies. On Thursday, the L.A. City Council’s housing committee was scheduled to consider applying the city’s “just cause” eviction rules to all housing in the city, including condos and single-family homes. The committee, however, tabled that decision after hearing from thousands of CAA members. “In less than 24 hours, over 6,500 messages were sent to council,” Beverly Kenworthy, CAA’s vice president of public affairs in L.A., said after the… Read More
Whitney Prout In the fourth edition of the CAA Podcast, the association’s policy and compliance counsel, Whitney Prout, discusses Gov. Newsom’s latest executive order on evictions, as well as other COVID-19 related evictions rules still in effect in California.. Listen here More CAA podcasts What landlords should know as California slowly reopens Bills to help landlords, tenants during COVID-19 crisis Tom Bannon on positive and negative COVID-19 legislation
Local governments in both Northern and Southern California were hard at work this past week considering numerous policies with direct impacts on rental housing providers. The boards of supervisors in both Alameda and Sonoma counties deferred action on proposals to expand their COVID-19 tenant protections. Alameda County has been considering an ordinance to halt nearly all evictions, allow tenants up to one year to repay rent deferred during the pandemic, and prohibit landlords from evicting tenants who fail to pay back rent once the eviction moratorium is lifted. The California Apartment Association raised numerous legal objections to the Alameda proposal… Read More
CAA has sponsored a Rental Housing Relief Package that would provide emergency assistance to owners and tenants financially injured by COVID-19. These are the only bills in the California Legislature that would provide direct financial resources for both landlords and tenants. SB 1410 (Caballero) – COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program – would provide rental payments for tenants unable to pay their rent because of COVID-19 hardships. SB 1431 (Glazer) – Property Reassessment – would allow for an earlier reassessment of residential rental property that’s lost value because of COVID-19 related tenant protections, such as eviction controls and rent freezes. Both bills are… Read More
The California Apartment Association has stopped legislation that would have created a statewide rental registry and targeted landlords who’ve received government assistance in response to the coronavirus. AB 2406 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, died today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
As scary as the economy seems right now, the financial fallout from the COVID-19 crisis won’t cut as deep as the Great Recession did a decade ago. Chris Thornberg Renowned economist Chris Thornberg offered that assessment during last week’s San Diego Rental Housing Outlook.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday extended an executive order from March 16 that cleared the way for local governments to enact COVID-19 related eviction moratoria. The order had been set to expire Sunday but will now remain in effect through July 28. Most locally approved eviction moratoria were set to expire this weekend in line with Newsom’s March executive order. With that order now renewed, local eviction moratoria that were tied to the order also will remain in place. For information on locally imposed eviction moratoria, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resource page at caanet.org/coronavirus. While Newsom extended his March 16 executive… Read More
A bill opposed by the California Apartment Association would invite $20,000 fines against landlords for even minor violations of the state’s new rent cap and “just cause” for eviction law. The bill, SB 1190 by Sen. Maria Durazo, D-Los Angeles, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last week on a 5-1 vote with three abstentions. The legislation now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo The bill would create a penalty system for AB 1482, the intensely negotiated bill that became the Tenant Protection Act of 2019.
A CAA-sponsored bill that would help landlords recover rent lost to the COVID-19 crisis — while also guarding tenants against mountains of rent debt — has passed its first hearing. The Senate Housing Committee on Wednesday approved SB 1410 by Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Sen. Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, on a 10-0 vote. “SB 1410 is critical to the financial security and well being of California’s renters who by no fault of their own, lost or had significant reductions in their incomes as a result of this pandemic,” Caballero told the committee. Sen. Anna Caballero The COVID-19 Emergency Rental… Read More
Owners of rent controlled housing in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County will be hit the hardest under newly approved rental registration fees. The annual fees include $90 for buildings covered by the county’s rent control ordinance and $30 on all other buildings. The county Board of Supervisors approved the charges Tuesday, despite opposition from the California Apartment Association. The fees apply in areas of the county that aren’t in any city jurisdictions.