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The California Apartment Association has written a letter to Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, detailing several defects in his anti-Ellis Act bill before he presents it to an Assembly committee next week. Passed by the state Legislature in 1985, California’s Ellis Act says no local government can require that a rental property owner continue to offer his or her housing for rent. Ammiano’s bill, which would gut the act, goes before the Assembly Committee on Local Government on Wednesday, April 23. At its core, Assembly Bill 2405 would keep contested Ellis Act evictions stuck in the court system for years on end… Read More

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Under California law, tenants can find rather simple ways to postpone evictions and keep living rent-free. In many cases, unscrupulous attorneys advertise online, offering to help tenants drag out the eviction process for months — and even years. Tenants are coached by these attorneys to check boxes on the Unlawful Detainer Answer, claiming the unit is substandard or uninhabitable. They provide no background to substantiate their claim. This very practice gives tenants an easy 30 to 60 days extra time to live in the unit rent free. They may never have to prove anything in court. Often a tenant’s answer… Read More

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A bill that could strip San Francisco landlords of their freedom to leave the rental housing business heads to a key senate committee next month. On Tuesday, April 8, state Sen. Mark Leno’s SB 1439 goes before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. SB 1439 is a direct assault on the Ellis Act, a law passed in 1985 that bars local governments from making landlords stay in the rental housing business. Ellis especially protects owners of rental properties in rent controlled cities, where landlords can find themselves operating at a loss. Under Leno’s bill, San Francisco would be authorized… Read More

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Once again, a legislative proposal threatens to tax different types of parcels at different rates. The de facto split-roll parcel tax comes from SB 1021 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis. SB 1021 would allow 1,043 school districts to levy unlimited tax increases on select property owners through non-uniform parcel taxes. This would essentially overturn current law, as well as a court ruling, that say parcel taxes must apply uniformly. The bill would provide numerous ways to vary tax rates. For example, school districts could split parcel tax assessments within a district based on characteristics such as the size of… Read More

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WEST COVINA – The California Apartment Association helped derail a rental inspection program here Tuesday that would have unfairly charged fees to landlords already taking good care of their properties. The West Covina City Council voted 3-2 to dismiss the proposed inspection program after hearing from several rental property owners, as well as Tim Johnson, executive director of CAA’s Inland Empire division (AAGIE). “This is a major victory for our members, who would’ve paid a blanket fee and an $18-per-unit fee on an annual basis,” said Johnson, who worked closely with CAA’s Los Angeles division to prevent the charge. “Some… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is analyzing thousands of bills introduced by the Feb. 21 deadline and is preparing to take positions on those relevant to the rental housing industry. Below are summaries of some key measures on which CAA will likely take positions in the coming weeks: Ellis Act — Legislation has been introduced to substantially weaken the state Ellis Act and allow local jurisdictions to prohibit rental property owners from selling or converting their buildings. This would force rental property owners to stay in business even if they are losing money. Seismic retrofit – Legislation would require the seismic… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has launched a website to educate the public about the Ellis Act, a law that allows landlords to exit the rental housing business. Passed in 1985, the Ellis Act says no local government can compel a landlord to keep offering his or her housing for rent. Without this legal protection, property owners could be forced to continue letting their properties, even if they’re losing money, or want to convert their rentals into housing for their own families. Some politicians and tenant advocacy groups are bent on repealing the Ellis Act, basing their arguments on inaccurate information.… Read More

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CAA-AAGIE and the Upland Fire Department will host a town hall meeting next month to discuss a pilot program allowing landlords to self-inspect their rental units. Members of AAGIE are encouraged to attend the meeting and to share any questions and concerns. The gathering will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carnegie Library, 450 N. Euclid Ave. The 12-month pilot program, which began in November, allows building owners and managers to conduct fire safety inspections on their own. The City Council approved the trial inspection program in October. By taking the burden off of the Fire Department,… Read More

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The California Apartment Association and a Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday backed a proposal to scour the city for “soft story” apartment buildings vulnerable to collapse during a major temblor. The project would identify soft-story structures from roughly 29,000 apartment buildings erected prior to 1978. These types of buildings often have wooden frames and carports at ground level. Without proper reinforcement, they’re prone to significant damage during the intense shaking of an earthquake. Finding soft story buildings is likely a precursor to mandatory retrofitting. San Francisco passed this type of legislation this year, and CAA helped ensure financial help… Read More

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During an NPR talk show last week, the California Apartment Association shared its perspective on a controversial law that’s allowed an uptick in San Francisco evictions. On Thursday, Nov. 21, AirTalk with Larry Mantle focused on the Ellis Act, which allows landlords to quit being landlords, take apartments off the rental market and either move in or sell them. In San Francisco, where much multifamily housing is under rent control, selling a property at market value can make more financial sense than continuing to rent it out. In some cases, the Ellis Act can rescue a property owner from financial… Read More

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