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A  bill that would stop Michael Weinstein from using money from his taxpayer-funded AIDS Healthcare Foundation to further his anti-housing agenda has passed its first test in the Assembly. The bill, AB 1938, advanced Monday, May 18, from the Assembly Health Committee on an 11-0 vote with four abstentions. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

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CALIFORNIA APARTMENT ASSOCIATION’S SAFE AT HOME GUIDELINES Although California is slowly reopening its economy, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create health challenges and financial adversity throughout the state. In response to these lingering difficulties, the California Apartment Association this week extended its Safe at Home Guidelines by one month. Instead of expiring May 31, the guidelines will remain in place through June 30. Landlords are encouraged to: Freeze rents on all residents & pledge to not issue any rent increases. Halt evictions on renters affected by COVID-19, absent extraordinary circumstances. Waive late fees for residents who pay rent after the rent due date… Read More

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The most egregious provision of AB 828 by Assemblyman Phil Ting is gone.    The bill by the San Francisco Democrat no longer mandates that the courts reduce rent by 25%.   Ting removed that rent-cut provision from the bill following a grassroots opposition campaign spearheaded by the California Apartment Association. This included having members to send more than 55,000 opposition messages to lawmakers.   Assemblyman Phil Ting While rent-reduction provision is out, AB 828 still includes problematic provisions such as:   Requiring very limited proof on the part of the tenant that they faced a COVID hardship in order to stay in the unit;  Protecting nuisance tenants by allowing them to initially ignore the unlawful detainer complaint and remain the unit;  Mandating that rental property owners demonstrate… Read More

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A CAA-sponsored bill designed to lower the property taxes of landlords who’ve suffered financial damages due to COVID-19 has passed out of the Assembly Government and Finance Committee. SB 1431 by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, advanced on a 4-3 vote Thursday and now heads to the Appropriations Committee. Sen. Steven Glazer Glazer’s bill would clear the way for landlords to request property tax reassessments based on financial losses attributable to the virus. Specifically, these damages would be calculated by taking into consideration the loss of rent and other tenant protections imposed by governments in response to the outbreak. In response… Read More

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A CAA-sponsored bill that would streamline the conversion of hotels and motels into multifamily housing won approval Wednesday in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. The committee approved AB 2580 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman, D-Stockton, on a 7-1 vote. The measure now moves to the Appropriations Committee. Assemblywoman Susan Eggman The bill would address California’s unprecedented housing supply and affordability crisis by converting existing structures into long-term housing. CAA testified to the benefits of hotel and motel conversions.  “To meet housing needs, we need novel housing solutions,” said Debra Carlton, CAA’s executive vice president of state public affairs. “Hotels and… Read More

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will resume normal operating hours Tuesday, May 26.

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When San Jose’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium ends, tenants who’ve fallen behind on their rent due to the virus will have six months to pay half of their rent debt and another six months to cover the rest.  The changes, secured by the California Apartment Association, came by a unanimous vote Tuesday night. CAA’s work is also expected to result in lower city fees for landlords. The eviction moratorium does not suspend the obligation of rent but prohibits eviction of renters unable to pay their rent for as long as the eviction moratorium is in effect. “Ensuring that residents have safe… Read More

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Ninder Grewal In this week’s podcast, Ninder Grewal, CAA’s policy and compliance counsel, discusses “Guidelines for Reopening California,” the ”association’s latest COVID-19 compliance page: caanet.org/reopening. Listen here More CAA podcasts CAA Podcast: Bills to help landlords, tenants during COVID-19 crisis CAA Podcast: Tom Bannon on positive and negative COVID-19 legislation

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Question: After a tenant moves out and gives their change of address to the post office, how long are the landlords responsible for any correspondence that may still arrive at their former address?

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A bill that moved out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee this week would prohibit landlords from demanding security deposits in a single, upfront payment. AB 3260 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, would require property owners to allow a new tenant to pay a security deposit over a six‐month period or to obtain a security deposit insurance policy to cover damages they cause at the property. Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks The California Apartment Association has objected to this mandate.  

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