News: Sacramento ValleyFilter
The California Apartment Association is closely monitoring a newly formed coalition that’s working to bring rent control to the city of Sacramento. The coalition, Housing4Sacramento, includes groups that champion tenant rights, organized labor, socialism and subsidized housing.
The Sacramento City Council early this month is expected to approve changes to the annual fire-prevention fee for multifamily properties with three or more units. If approved, the new annual fees will be $40 to $808, depending upon the number of units at the property. California Apartment Association staff persuaded city fire officials to reduce some of the increases while securing support for improvements to the overall program.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday released the official list of cities that will have their housing approvals streamlined under SB 35, a bill supported by the California Apartment Association and authored last year by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
Make sure your company gets the attention it deserves as hundreds of rental housing decision-makers gather for CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo. This premiere California Apartment Association event returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday, April 8. Exhibitor booths and sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Take advantage of this opportunity to put your products in front of the most influential members of the multi-family housing industry. What you need to know What: CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 Where:… Read More
Several California cities have regained a novel legal tool for ridding apartments of drug and gun offenders. On Monday, Sept. 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills, both supported by the California Apartment Association, that allow city prosecutors and city attorneys to file eviction lawsuits against certain types of criminal defendants in specified cities where a landlord requests assistance. The bills extend for five years pilot programs that expired at the end of 2013. AB 2485 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, authorizes a city attorney or prosecutor, rather than the landlord or property owner, in Sacramento to initiate… Read More
Strong opposition led by RHA Sacramento Valley persuaded the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to put its proposed property tax assessment on hold. This action spared rental property owners from a new annual assessment of $14 to $30 per unit. The Fire District had been seeking a special vote-by-mail election to gain approval of a new “Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment.” If approved, the assessment would have raised $12 million annually to reopen five engine companies closed during the recession. RHA – a chapter of the California Apartment Association — was the first business group to oppose the assessment and others quickly… Read More
For most folks, if they hate their job, or it just doesn’t pay enough, they can always quit. But what if you’re a landlord? It’s not easy, and if San Francisco politicians and at least one tenant advocacy group have their way, landlords will face more hurdles and costs if they try. In their sights is the Ellis Act, which provides limitations on what a local government can require of property owners who wish to end their rental housing business. What you’re unlikely to hear in the media is that the Ellis Act and local ordinances like one in San… Read More
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Mike Gatto joined the California Apartment Association for dinner Wednesday, Oct. 23, before making a presentation on his political philosophy, the 2013 legislative session and what to expect next year. Gatto, D-Burbank, spoke for about a half-hour during the dinner, held at Mulvaney’s B&L in Midtown on the eve of the CAA Board of Directors Meeting. An apartment owner himself in Southern California, Gatto shared one litmus test he uses to evaluate legislation. “If there’s ever a bill that really, really hurts one person, chances are it’s not a good piece of legislation,” he said. Gatto also… Read More
The Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley presents its 16th annual educational conference and trade show Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento. More than 1,000 industry professionals will have fun while learning, thanks to the “Game On!” theme incorporated into exhibits and programs. Industry professionals give the annual Rental Housing Expo rave reviews for combining top quality education with great entertainment. Expect the same level of enthusiasm with this year’s “Game On!” theme. Tradeshow exhibits will feature board games, sports, video games, casino gaming, and TV game shows. Training is available for every employee, from leasing… Read More
The Sacramento City Council has unanimously approved major changes to its rental-inspection ordinance and fee schedule – a move that could save qualifying landlords thousands of dollars annually. The 7-0 vote Tuesday ends a five-year battle over reforming the program, which will now allow self-certification of rental properties when a previous city inspection found no violations, or violations were corrected on time, and all fees are current. The change will result in a 43 percent reduction in the inspection fee and save rental owners in the city $1.1 million annually. “At a time when local governments around the state are… Read More