Michael Weinstein and his AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the organization bankrolling a statewide radical rent control initiative, have been accused of violating multiple political finance laws while campaigning to defeat a major housing-production bill. Earlier today, California YIMBY, which stands for Yes In My Backyard, filed a formal complaint with the California Fair Political Practices Committee. The complaint alleges that Weinstein ignored well-established state reporting requirements in spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to oppose SB 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. The legislation, which died last month on the Senate floor, would have allowed for expedited housing construction, including… Read More
In the city of Long Beach, planning a major renovation project is no longer enough to terminate a tenancy. Now, city landlords must also have a permit in-hand before proceeding with this type of eviction — a requirement that could delay remodeling projects. The city of Los Angeles also is pursuing this type of ordinance. Under AB 1482, the newly imposed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law, landlords can file no-fault evictions for a few select reasons, including to perform substantial renovations to their properties.
As expected, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, is trying again to create a statewide rental registry. On Tuesday, Wicks introduced AB 2406, which would create a rental registry for all California landlords with more than five units. Last year, the California Apartment Association helped kill a similar bill, AB 724, which had an initial price tag north of $20 million and negative privacy implications for both landlords and tenants.
The Concord City Council plans to eliminate its Rent Review Program this summer, saying the nonbinding mediation program is no longer needed given the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. The council on Feb. 11 also expressed an interest in increasing relocation assistance for no-fault evictions, as well as mandating that landlords offer one-year leases. A proposal to apply AB 1482’s “just cause” for eviction policies at the beginning of a tenancy, instead of after one year, failed to move forward.
A bill working its way through the California Legislature would create a $500 million tax credit aimed at keeping housing affordable. AB 2058 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-San Fernando Valley, would create the Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit to incentivize property owners planning to sell rental housing or mobile-home parks to prioritize selling to experienced affordable housing entities that will keep the units affordable. Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.
A Los Angeles city councilman wants to lower the annual rent cap to 60% of the Consumer Price Index, the same formula used in San Francisco. At present, the annual cap on rent increases for rent controlled housing in L.A. comes to 4%, a figured determined by the rate of inflation. The city’s ordinance also includes a 3% floor, meaning rents can never be capped below 3% no matter what happens to CPI.
A Los Angeles city councilman wants to use eminent domain to prevent rents in a Chinatown building from returning to market rates after a 30-year wait. A motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo asks staff to return in 30 days with recommendations for acquiring Hillside Villa, where rents on 59 affordable units are scheduled to adjust to market rates in September.