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Despite opposition from the California Apartment Association, the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday formally approved a “just cause” for eviction pilot program. The eviction controls are set to take effect Jan. 17, 2019, and will remain in place for up to two years. At that point, the pilot program will be reviewed for possible extension.

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Question: I have a maintenance worker who was terminated and was given seven days to vacate his apartment. He has not left, and I would like to know if I need to send him through the eviction process or if there is anything else I can do to get him out. Ted Kimball Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP Answer: You need to send him through the eviction process.  If he was purely an employee, and not paying rent, you can immediately file the unlawful detainer action.

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. Normal operating hours will resume Wednesday, Dec. 26.

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One bill proposes rent control, although details are lacking The first set of bills have been introduced at the state Capitol, and as expected, there is no shortage of housing bills, including a proposal to “stabilize rents.” Although the bills were unveiled this month, no action on the proposals will occur until 2019. The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Committee will do a full review of the bills after the holidays. In the meantime, here is an overview: Rent control AB 36 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, aims to enact legislation to stabilize rental prices. No details are yet included… Read More

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The city of Long Beach continues to tackle numerous housing policies with major implications for rental property owners. In the paragraphs below, we highlight issues that have prompted the involvement of the California Apartment Association and that will continue to unfold in 2019. To advocate for sound housing policy in the coming year, CAA will need abroad coalition of support. If you have an interest in Long Beach and would like to receive further updates on CAA efforts in the city, sign up here. Homeless Task Force On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the City Council received recommendations from Long Beach Mayor Robert… Read More

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In a victory for the California Apartment Association, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to expand the city’s “just cause” eviction policies to include duplexes. Another decision by the council, however, is cause for concern. The council Tuesday also directed staff to draft a “source of income discrimination” policy for rental payments. Such an ordinance could ultimately force landlords to consider renting to Section 8 voucher holders, a decision the association believes should be left to property owners.

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Question: I had a tenant move out several months ago. I returned $600 of his $1,000 deposit. He disputes all but $50 of the deductions and has threatened to sue me.  He also has not cashed the refund check.  How long does he have to sue me? Ted Kimball Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP Answer: In California, the statute of limitations determines the time that you must bring suit to legally enforce a claim. For written agreements, it is four years from the time of the breach. For oral agreements, the statute of limitations is two years from the time of the… Read More

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In the wake of the wildfires that have ravaged both Northern and Southern California, the rental housing industry has stepped up in multiple ways to help fire victims recover. In the paragraphs below, we’ve assembled a list of resources currently available for fire victims, including displaced tenants seeking a place to live. We’ve also highlighted some of the ways the rental housing industry and industry partners have already helped in the recovery effort.  Rental housing providers Southern California Alliance Residential Co. is assisting those affected by the California wildfires by providing access to short-term leases and discounted furniture rental rates.… Read More

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Question: I would be interested in knowing what to do when a resident is demanding a repair be made inside of their apartment, but at the same time is demanding that none of the on-site maintenance staff complete the repair. Do we hire an outside vendor or must the resident allow the staff that is available to complete the repair? Answer: You should find out the reason the resident does not want on-site staff to do the repair.  You have the right to choose who should do the repairs for your apartment units.

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The Citrus Heights City Council has approved an ordinance establishing a new rental housing inspection program to preserve the aging supply of housing in the city and ensure that owners properly maintain their properties. The California Apartment Association successfully negotiated several changes to the initial proposal resulting in lower fees and the opportunity for self-certification. Citrus Heights has over 15,000 rental units, with 90 percent built prior to 1990. In a report to the council, city staff expressed concern that the rapid building of housing in the 1970s and 1980s resulted in a lack of quality control and the use… Read More

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