Under a new California law, landlords who own certain government-subsidized properties must give tenants the option of having their rental payments reported to a major credit bureau. SB 1157 by Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, is intended to help low-income tenants enhance their credit scores by incorporating on-time rental payment records into their credit histories. This type of reporting rarely happens at present. “This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, starts to correct the longstanding inequity where those with the least resources have to fight the hardest to establish and improve their credit scores,” Bradford said in this… Read More
In this month’s election, the California Apartment Association’s efforts helped elect candidates to the state Legislature and to city councils who understand the challenges facing the rental housing industry and who will work on balanced, pragmatic solutions to the state’s housing crisis. And, voters overwhelmingly rejected onerous ballot measures that would have restricted the ability to build and maintain affordable homes. Through its political action committees, including CAAPAC, the association backed candidates for state Assembly and state Senate, as well as for local offices across California, who support the rental housing industry and understand the vital role it plays in… Read More
Question: Where can I find CAA’s just-cause termination notice form? Answer: This has been a common question on CAA’s Landlord Helpline, given that the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (CTRA) requires landlords to provide residents with a “just cause” when they terminate a tenancy. The just-cause requirement applies to all tenancies — even those not covered by the just-cause provisions of AB 1482, the new statewide rent cap law. For example, CTRA provides just-cause protections to tenants no matter how long they’ve lived in a unit, while AB 1482 limits just-cause protections to residents in place for a year… Read More
The California Apartment Association is preparing to launch a revamped website with improved navigation and search tools, faster load times and a more modern look. CAA plans to roll out its redesigned site in the first quarter of 2021. The association will keep members apprised of the new site launch plans and offer previews of the exciting changes to come. Revisions to the website will have no impact on member login information or any data they have stored in their accounts. CAA launched its current website in March of 2015. Since that time, visits have grown dramatically. In March 2014,… Read More
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Normal operating hours will resume Thursday.
The city of Glendale has allowed its COVID-19 freeze on rent increases to expire and has revised its rent-repayment schedule to align with state law. Late last month, the City Council voted to sunset its temporary rent cap as of Oct. 31. The order prohibited rent increases for the city’s pre-1995 apartments during the coronavirus pandemic.
The California Apartment Association is urging its members to review their tenant-screening procedures, an exercise that could help them avoid costly litigation. CAA’s recommendation comes amid reports that consumer attorneys are suing landlords over alleged violations of the Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act, or ICRAA, during the tenant-screening process.
The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the results from the 2021 CAA Board of Directors’ election. Voting for the 2021 CAA Board of Directors opened on October 23, 2020, and closed on October 29, 2020 at which time CAA President Barry Altshuler and CAA Secretary Cynthia Wray, were notified of the results. In accordance with the CAA Bylaws, directors serve a term of three years and regional representatives serve a term of two years; newly elected directors will begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2021. Congratulations to the newly elected members of the 2021 CAA Board of Directors:… Read More
The California Apartment Association has defeated an initiative in Tuesday’s election that would have imposed rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Burbank. As of Wednesday morning, Burbank voters had rejected Measure RC with 63.5% of the vote. By stopping Measure RC, CAA has protected Burbank’s rental housing industry from a severe form of rent control tied to inflation on pre-1995 multifamily housing. Among other things, Measure RC threatened to: Roll rents back to September 2019 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 1% floor and 4% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls. Establish a rent commission to oversee the rental… Read More
After facing aggressive opposition from the California Apartment Association, a draconian initiative to impose rent control and just-cause eviction policies in Sacramento has failed passage. In Tuesday’s election, 61.8% of voters rejected the initiative, Measure C. By defeating Measure C, CAA has protected Sacramento’s rental housing industry from San Francisco-style rent control and just-cause eviction protections. Among other things, Measure C threatened to: Roll rents back to February 2018 levels. Limit increases to CPI with a 2% floor and 5% ceiling. Impose strict eviction controls and relocation assistance for no-fault evictions. Establish an elected rent board to oversee the rental… Read More