The city and the county of Sacramento are now offering emergency rental assistance for renters impacted by COVID-19. Last week, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the allocation of $31.7 million in federal and state funds to help low-income renters catch up on past-due rent and utility payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Sacramento County received and is set to approve the allocation of an additional $64 million dollars of federal and state funds during their meeting Wednesday, Feb. 24. This allocation follows the passage of SB 91, which extends the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act (AB 3088, 2020) for… Read More
Los Angeles County this month will begin holding a series of stakeholder meetings where rental property owners can discuss the impacts of the county’s eviction moratorium on their rental business. The moratorium applies to most cities in the county, although it excludes the city of Los Angeles. The first meeting runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, and will include updates on the following: County’s eviction moratorium COVID renter protections Small business COVID relief Pending mortgage relief Rent relief program Officials also want to hear from rental housing providers. “Although there are several items they will be discussing,… Read More
As you consider prospective renters in 2021, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process.
The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.
The California Apartment Association is now accepting applications to serve on its 2021 committees. If you have an interest in applying for membership on a committee, you are invited to: 1. Read the committee descriptions to determine what involvement would best align with your area or areas of expertise. 2. Then, complete the committee application and submit it by close of business on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, so that committee assignments can be made in a timely manner. 2021 CAA committee descriptions 2021 CAA committee application Thank you in advance for your interest and commitment to the California Apartment Association.… Read More
After hearing from members of the California Apartment Association, the Downey City Council this week unanimously rejected a local rent control proposal. Earlier this week, local rental housing providers, spearheaded by CAA, emailed City Council members in the Los Angeles suburb and urged them to reject local rent control.
The California Apartment Association this week published compliance materials to help housing providers navigate San Jose’s new rent-freeze ordinance. On Feb. 2, the San Jose City Council unanimously prohibited rent increases for residents in rent-controlled apartments who have experienced COVID-related financial hardships. The ordinance will run through June 30 unless extended. To qualify for the rent freeze, these residents must give their landlords a declaration of COVID-19 related financial distress. CAA members will find links to the proper forms for the declarations in the association’s newly updated Industry Insight: City of San Jose Moratorium on Evictions & Rent Increases. Note,… Read More
The California Apartment Association this month argued before the state Supreme Court in a case that could affect the timing and procedures involved in litigating evictions across the state. Attorney Curtis Dowling of the law firm Dowling and Marquez argued on behalf of CAA during oral arguments in Stancil v. Superior Court of San Mateo County.
The Sacramento CARES Mediation Program is continuing to offer free services to landlords and tenants within the city. According to the city, the program can ease difficult conversations, which can lead to agreements suitable for all sides. For assistance, call the CARES Mediation line at (916) 850-9010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at sacramentocovidrelief.org.
The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider adopting a rent freeze in two census tracts with significant impacts from COVID-19. If the board adopts the measure, all properties within Census Tract 1290 (Marin City) and Census Tract 1330 (Northern West Marin) will be subject to the rent freeze. The California Apartment Association is mobilizing members to oppose this move. “Rent control is not a solution,” said Alex Khalfin, vice president of public affairs for CAA. “Rather than adopting rent control policies, the board should focus on providing additional emergency rental assistance to tenants and landlords impacted by the pandemic.”… Read More