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Gov. Gavin Newsom this month signed more than a dozen CAA-backed bills intended to address California’s chronic housing shortage. The bills will help remove local barriers to housing construction, boost incentives for building higher-density affordable housing, and make it easier and cheaper to add second units to residential lots. Gov. Gavin Newsom “We’ve invested more in new housing than at any point in our history, and we have created powerful new tools to incentivize housing production,” Newsom said in this news release.  “Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a… Read More

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Question: Our tenant owes us back rent and is stating that he is probably going to file bankruptcy. We’ve been trying to work with him but are getting nervous now. Do we lose all the back rent if he files bankruptcy?

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In response to the wildfires raging in Southern California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday declared states of emergency for Los Angeles and Riverside counties, a move that prohibits rent increases over 10%. The limit on rent increases is part of the state’s anti-price gouging law. When activated, Penal Code Section 396 makes it illegal to increase the price of many consumer goods and services, including that of rental housing, by more than 10% above pre-emergency levels. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types in the affected areas. Local rent control laws in several jurisdictions in L.A. County also remain… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom this week signed a statewide cap on rent increases, a mandatory Section 8 bill, and several other pieces of legislation that will change the way California’s rental housing industry does business in 2020. Here are summaries of five game-changing bills signed by Newsom this week: Statewide rent cap:AB 1482 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will place an annual 5% plus CPI cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California. The signing of AB 1482, officially the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, marks the most significant policy change for California’s rental housing owners… Read More

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A bill taking effect Jan. 1 lowers the amount California landlords can collect for security deposits from members of the U.S. military. Under SB 644 by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, security deposits for active military are limited to one months’ rent for unfurnished units and two months’ rent for furnished ones.

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A law taking effect Jan. 1 will require landlords to provide an additional month’s notice when they increase the rent on month-to-month tenants by more than 10%. Under AB 1110 by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, rental owners and managers will need to provide 90 days’ notice for rent increases that clear the 10% threshold. Until now, a 60-day notice was required.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill that will make it illegal to reject a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, will ban blanket policies against taking Section 8 applicants and require landlords to treat voucher-holders like any other applicant. The law also will prohibit “No Section 8” advertisements. Sen. Holly Mitchell Throughout the legislative process, Mitchell repeatedly stated that owners will retain the ability to reject voucher-holders after giving them a fair vetting. The senator, however, refused… Read More

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Now that California has adopted the nation’s most sweeping statewide tenant protections, it’s time to fix the root cause of our housing crisis – a chronic lack of supply, said Tom Bannon, chief executive officer of the California Apartment Association.  Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1482, making California the second state in the union to impose a statewide cap on annual rent increases.   The legislation was framed as an anti-gouging measure targeting the most egregious rent hikes, such as increases of 50% to 75% on existing tenants.   The California Apartment Association, which opposes rent control, took a neutral position after… Read More

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Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed Assembly Bill 1482, landmark legislation that will place an annual cap on rent increases and create new standards for evictions across California.

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Question: I am an owner of a duplex and I suspect my next-door neighbor is dealing drugs. I have a six-month agreement with him that is not up for several more months. What can I do?

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