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Question: Several weeks ago, during a windstorm, a large tree fell on my tenant’s car. The tenant thinks I am responsible for the damages, but my insurance company says I am not. Answer: Unless you were negligent in the way you maintained the tree, you are not liable.

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, Nov. 26.

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To jumpstart affordable housing construction, the Sacramento City Council this week voted to waive development impact fees on new projects, a move supported by the California Apartment Association and other business organizations. The fee waivers will reduce, for example, the cost of a 200-unit multifamily housing development by as much as $2.6 million, an amount that helps cover the funding lost when redevelopment agencies, a primary source of financing for affordable housing, were eliminated during the recession. “Increasing the supply of affordable housing is the single best approach to solving our housing crisis,” said CAA senior vice president Jim Lofgren.… Read More

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In a poll released this week, a statewide ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act continued to trail by a wide margin. The final pre-election Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies Poll, published Wednesday, indicated that 60 percent of likely voters oppose Proposition 10, while 35 percent support the measure, and 5 percent are undecided. “This poll mirrors public and private polling that shows voters clearly understand that Prop 10 is a flawed measure that would worsen California’s affordable housing crisis, reducing property values and freezing the construction of housing for low- and middle-income families that we desperately… Read More

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The Beverly Hills City Council this month voted to immediately expand “just cause” eviction constraints to its entire rent controlled housing stock.

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Question: New tenants signed our lease and paid the first month’s rent. Now they want to get out of the lease. They did not take possession. Answer: When the tenant signs a lease, they are bound by the terms whether or not they change their mind later.

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Proposition 10, the statewide ballot measure that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, was trailing by a growing margin in a poll released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. The PPIC poll shows that 60 percent of likely voters would vote no on Prop 10, while 25 percent would vote yes, and 15 percent are undecided. If Costa-Hawkins is overturned in the November election, California cities and counties will once again gain the authority to adopt extreme forms of rent control, including the imposition of rent caps on new apartments and single-family homes. Such moves would… Read More

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A newly released paper by a UC Berkeley economist explores how repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act could drive down property values and erode tax money for school districts and local communities. The paper, “The Case for Preserving Costa-Hawkins: How Rent Control Reduces Property Values, Hurts Small Businesses and Limits State and Local Tax Revenue,” was authored by Kenneth T. Rosen, chairman of UC Berkeley’s Fisher Center and chairman and founder of Rosen Consulting Group. If California voters approve Proposition 10 and overturn Costa-Hawkins in the Nov. 6 election, cities and counties will once again be authorized to adopt extreme… Read More

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After more than a year of discussion, the city of Santa Barbara has drafted proposed ordinances that could require rental housing providers to offer leases to prospective tenants, and in some cases, relocation assistance to displaced renters. First drafts of the ordinances were presented this week to the Santa Barbara City Council’s ordinance committee.

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Under a law inspired by the #MeToo movement, more California small businesses — including those in the rental housing industry — will be required to conduct training to prevent sexual harassment.

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