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Effective immediately and in time for rents due April 1, Gov. Gavin Newsom today banned the eviction of renters unable to pay the rent because of COVID-19. The statewide executive order runs through May 31 and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for nonpayment of rent and prohibits enforcement of evictions by law enforcement or courts. “Although CAA is still reviewing the details of the new executive order, the association continues to appreciate Gov. Newsom for his continued leadership during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs. The order requires tenants to declare in… Read More

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As renters struggle to make timely payments to landlords during the COVID-19 crisis, rental property owners will find it difficult if not impossible to cover their property taxes on time.  That’s why the California Apartment Association has joined more than 50 other organizations in asking Gov. Newsom to partially suspend Revenue and Taxation Code sections 2618 and 4103. Such a move would give taxpayers, including owners of rental housing, until July 15 to pay the second installment of their property taxes, which is now due April 10. Newsom has already granted such an extension for income tax filing and payment.… Read More

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It’s April 1, and the rent is due.   With COVID-19 prompting layoffs and job cuts across California, though, many tenants won’t be able to pay it. In these cases, the California Apartment Association urges landlords to respond with patience and compassion.   Owners who haven’t already done so are encouraged to provide their tenants with the association’s sample letter on rent payments, which offers guidance to tenants unable to pay rent because of COVID-19. CAA also offers a form that can be used to create a back-rent payment plan for when the crisis subsides.  Of course, CAA’s sample letter urges tenants to pay their rent on time if they’re able to do so.   … Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the city of Los Angeles to prohibit all rent increases in rent controlled units, approve a far-reaching eviction moratorium, and grant tenants one year to cover unpaid rent. These actions go well beyond a statewide eviction moratorium ordered last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Mayor Eric Garcetti’ ordered his prohibition on rent increases Monday night, affecting roughly 624,000 rent controlled units. Prior to his order, the annual cap on rent increases for these units sat at 4%, a figure based on the rate of inflation. The California Apartment Association agrees that landlords should not be… Read More

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts. We are here to try to help.  This includes the preparation of a sample letter to residents, in both English and Spanish, concerning rental payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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California Apartment Association’s Safe at Home Guidelines The COVID-19 pandemic has brought frightening and uncertain times, leaving many Californians with health challenges and economic difficulties. The California Apartment Association urges rental housing providers to act with compassion and work with residents who face COVID-19 related hardships. The last thing Californians need when they are struggling to maintain stability is to lose the safe place they call home. In this time of crisis, CAA members offer stability as they provide safe homes to millions of Californians sheltering in place.  To ensure this stability, CAA calls upon every California rental housing provider… Read More

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With COVID-19 having prompted a “shelter in place” order statewide, many Californians are staying at home, doing what they can to protect their own health and the health of others. This period of isolation has brought anxiety, loneliness and boredom. But if you work in property management, why not make the most of the extra time to catch up on some career-building education? Here at the California Apartment Association, we know the pandemic has created financial stress. To help, we’re offering a half-off discount on all our educational and compliance offerings. To take advantage of this offer, just type “AtHome”… Read More

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order making it clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak. The California Apartment Association will work diligently to ensure that local governments that pursue such moratoria adopt reasonable measures for both rental property owners and renters and that their policies are consistent with the parameters in the executive order. According to Newsom’s order, such ordinances should spell out that if a tenant cannot pay the rent because of… Read More

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Under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s most recent order, issued Thursday, March 19, all residents are ordered to stay at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations for operations of federal critical infrastructure sectors, as defined by the federal Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).  CISA has identified the Commercial Facilities Sector as one of 16 critical infrastructure sectors.  If you click on the Commercial Facilities Sector link, you will see that this sector includes real estate (e.g., office and apartment buildings, condominiums, mixed use facilities, self-storage). As professionals in the real estate industry, providers of rental housing… Read More

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week urged owners of multifamily housing to share information about coronavirus with residents and employees. CDC fact sheet on coronavirus “While the risk of infections for Americans remains low, we are encouraging multifamily owners and agents, and public housing authorities, to make the information below available to residents,” C. Lamar Seats, deputy assistant secretary for multifamily at HUD, says in this letter. “We further encourage multifamily owners, agents, performance-based contract administrators, FHA lenders, and all stakeholders to make this same information available to their employees.” What you need to know about… Read More

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