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The state has begun cracking down on landlords who advertise that Section 8 voucher holders need not apply for tenancy. A California law that took effect Jan. 1 prohibits rental owners from including “No Section 8” or similar verbiage in rental housing ads. The law, SB 329, also forbids the rejection of an applicant for housing based solely on the person’s use of a housing voucher for payment. Although violations of the law appear to be dwindling, enforcement is underway. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has sent letters about violations to more than 20 rental housing providers… Read More

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Oakland’s new ban on criminal background checks during tenant screening has prompted the California Apartment Association to explore its legislative and legal options for providing liability protection to landlords. Under Oakland’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, property owners are prohibited from conducting criminal background checks or asking prospective tenants whether they have a criminal record at any time during the application process.

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If the owner moves into one side of a duplex, where the other is already occupied by a tenant, does that make the duplex exempt from rent control and just cause under AB 1482? Does AB 1482 regulate the timing of the first rent increase for a new tenant?  Does AB 1482 prohibit or regulate making a “buyout offer” to a tenant? Find the answers to these questions and dozens more in CAA’s newly updated  Industry Insight paper AB 1482: Questions and Answers. You’ll find it at CAA’s AB 1482 compliance page.

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The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California this week announced its opposition to Michael Weinstein’s radical rent control measure. The union’s announcement came Monday just hours before the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that Weinstein’s measure had qualified for November’s ballot. The anti-housing crusader’s measure would repeal significant portions of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s. The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California contends that Weinstein’s initiative will undermine the newly enacted Tenant Protection Act of 2019. “Californians are suffering from… Read More

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Senate Bill 50, this year’s most significant legislative attempt to address California’s housing shortage, died last week on the Senate floor.  The proposal by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, failed to garner the 21 votes needed to move from the Senate floor to the Assembly by Friday’s deadline.  

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Dan Tenenbaum, chairman of the California Apartment Association’s Local Advisory Council in Los Angeles, received accolades this week for his work to improve homelessness-related programs in the region. Dan Tenenbaum with a recognition certificate for his work as an advisory board member for People Assisting the Homeless. Tenenbaum and several others were recognized Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recognized Tenenbaum and several other apartment owners for serving on the Housing Provider Advisory Board for PATH, short for People Assisting the Homeless. The nonprofit runs the LeaseUp L.A.,… Read More

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Question: Can residents sit outside their front door and drink beer? Other residents are complaining.

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This Friday, Jan. 31, marks a key deadline:  It’s the last day for a two-year bill (legislation introduced but shelved last year) to win passage in the house where it was introduced. So two-year Senate bills must pass off the Senate floor and advance to the Assembly, and two-year Assembly bills must advance to the Senate.  The highest-profile bill facing this week’s deadline is Senate Bill 50 by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.

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The Sacramento City Council this month modified its annual limit on rent increases to match the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. On a unanimous vote, the council on Jan. 14 lowered the local rent cap from CPI plus 6% to CPI plus 5% — the same formula used in AB 1482, the statewide rent control law that took effect on Jan. 1.

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At least for now, West Hollywood’s one-year lease policy is no more. Since 2017, the city has enforced a zoning amendment that effectively bans leases of less than one year for new tenants in post-2001 housing. In the fall, the City Council moved to expand the requirement to all units in the city.

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