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If Culver City continues on its current path, it could soon have one of the worst rent control ordinances in California. Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the City Council this week advanced onerous regulations for the upcoming ordinance such as:

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California’s McClatchy newspapers — including the Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto Bees — today joined a chorus of other news outlets urging voters to reject Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot. Earlier this week, the Bakersfield Californian also editorialized against the measure. Financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Prop 21 threatens to bring back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in the 1970s. “… under the rent control being proposed, the incentive to build market-rate units could disappear. That, in turn, could lead builders to avoid such projects, worsening the… Read More

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A COVID-19 related bill that would invite tenants to skip rent payments without fear of eviction continues to work its way through the state Senate. On Wednesday, AB 1436 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 6-0 vote with three abstentions.

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When a Santa Rosa tenant repeatedly violates the county’s COVID-19 health order, he or she could face a penalty for the transgression. But thanks to the California Apartment Association, the renter’s landlord will not. That protection for rental property owners was part of an urgency ordinance adopted by the Santa Rosa City Council Aug. 11. The ordinance enables the city to enforce Sonoma County’s rules for preventing the spread of coronavirus and sets up a system for warnings and fines.

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The California Apartment Association this week asked its members for help stopping AB 1436, the “free rent” bill to be heard Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would make rental property owners defer rent payments for tenants who are either unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemlyman David Chiu The legislation allows tenants to skip rent payments without providing any proof that they have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The bill is nothing more than a government-sanctioned rent strike. Tenants would not be required to… Read More

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An appellate court has ordered the city of Sacramento to place a local rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, overturning a lower court ruling from two weeks ago. The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on Wednesday ruled in favor of initiative proponent Michelle Pariset and against the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Tagged: Sacramento Valley

California’s Judicial Council today voted 19-1 to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful-detainer cases effective Sept. 1. The Judicial Council had been eyeing Aug. 14 to resume evictions, however, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged her colleagues to wait two weeks. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye The delay gives lawmakers more time to create a replacement for the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, which has halted nearly all evictions across the state since April 1.  “In our ongoing conversations with Gov. Newsom and the Legislature, we have been responsive to their requests for additional time to develop and enact policy and legislative… Read More

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The Assembly Judiciary Committee this week approved a bill that would create a voluntary tax credit program to help landlords recoup rent that’s gone unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill, SB 1410 by Sens. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, passed the Judiciary Committee on a 7-3 vote with one abstention. The legislation now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. To qualify for the credits, a rental owner would need to sign an agreement, pledging to defer rent that’s gone unpaid due to the coronavirus and not to evict the tenant for nonpayment. The tenant also would need… Read More

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A judge last week ruled that a local rent control initiative belongs on the Burbank city ballot, even though the city’s clerk disqualified the measure just two months ago. In June, Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins rejected the petition because it lacked some legally required wording. Price-control advocates, who had submitted the required number of signatures to qualify the measure, responded with a legal challenge. On Friday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in their favor.

Tagged: Los Angeles

California’s Judicial Council will vote by noon Thursday whether to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful detainer cases effective Sept. 1. Last month, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye suggested the courts could decide to resume hearing eviction cases effective Aug. 14. Today, however, she asked her colleagues on the Judicial Council to consider pushing back the date by a couple of weeks, which would coincide with the end of the Legislative session. The Judicial Council’s rules were put in place in early April, bringing to a halt nearly all eviction actions in the state. The action came in response to… Read More

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