Thanks to the efforts of the California Apartment Association, multifamily operators in the city of Los Angeles can delay paying this year’s steep increase in waste-hauling charges for several months. This year’s ill-timed fee hike – 6.15% — came amid a pandemic that has left many city landlords unable to collect rent for nearly a year.
Gov. Newsom on Thursday allowed statewide protections against rent-gouging triggered by the COVID-19 state of emergency to lapse, however, other protections against raising rents by more than 10% – triggered by other emergency declarations – remain in effect. The rent-gouging protections that expired stem from Newsom’s COVID-19 emergency declaration issued one year ago today. Newsom allowed price-gouging protections triggered by the COVID-19 state of emergency to expire for all consumer goods except emergency and medical supplies, which will continue to be covered until Sept. 4, 2021. The protections come from Penal Code Section 396, which is activated during states of… Read More
The California Apartment Association this year is again sponsoring legislation to put a dent in the state’s ongoing housing shortage. One of the bills, SB 621 by Sen. Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, would encourage the conversion of vacant hotels and motels into multifamily housing. Assemblywoman Susan Eggman Vacant hotels and motels often are located close to where people live and work. Converting the unused buildings would help revitalize economically depressed spaces, generate jobs, unlock commercial corridors, and rejuvenate communities. The bill would create a streamlined ministerial process for converting hotels and motels into apartment buildings. The process would include objective planning… Read More
Trying to determine when and where to apply for California’s Rental Assistance Payment Program? It really depends on the location of your property. In some cities and counties, rental housing providers and residents can begin applying for funding now through a local rental assistance program. In other cities and counties, they must wait for the state to open its application process. That process must begin by March 15. Check out CAA’s new webpage on rental assistance. You’ll find an Industry Insights paper, an FAQ and a county-by-county chart that spells out when and where to apply for rental aid.
The California Apartment Association will hold a webinar next week to help rental housing providers navigate the state’s Rental Assistance Payment Program, which will begin taking applications by mid-month. You can now register for the webinar at one of two timeslots: 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. Thursday, March 11. The application process for the Rental Assistance Payment Program will open by March 15, 2021. The program, administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, will pay landlords 80% of the past due rent owed by eligible households. Join CAA and housing agency staff for an overview of the… Read More
A ruling by a Texas judge finding the CDC’s COVID-19 eviction ban to be unconstitutional won’t affect the various eviction moratoria in California. The ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker concludes that the Centers for Disease Control lacked the Constitutional authority to ban residential evictions. “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote in a ruling Thursday, as reported by Bloomberg. The authority to impose eviction moratoria rests with local and state governments, the judge concluded. This means California’s statewide eviction moratorium,… Read More
At-risk youth in Orange County can resume in-person programming, thanks to a donation of personal protective equipment by the California Apartment Association and Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Steve Faessel. Victor Cao of CAA delivers personal protective equipment to Higher Ground Youth and Family Services. Photos by John Nguyen The equipment consists of transparent shields, or “sneeze guards,” that fit on students’ desks to make in-person learning safer during the pandemic. The dividers will benefit Higher Ground Youth and Family Services, which offers educational assistance, STEM, music, art and tutoring to at-risk youth. Victor Cao, CAA’s senior vice president of public affairs,… Read More
Follow-up legislation signed by Gov. Newsom today clarifies what legislators and the governor promised: Landlords will be paid a full 80% of the rent owed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously signed legislation, SB 91, was not clear on this point, providing that landlords would be paid “up to” 80%. At the request of the California Apartment Association, legislators created AB 81 to clarify the law. “Many of our members have gone nearly a year without being paid for the housing they provide,” said Debra Carlton, executive vice president of state public affairs. “The clarification provided by AB 81 gives added comfort… Read More