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Question: One of the recent applicants to our apartment community claims he is paid “under the table.”  How do I verify his income?

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High winds and resulting fires and evacuations prompted the governor this past weekend to declare a statewide emergency, a move that’s triggered protections against price gouging, including rent increases over 10% anywhere in California. The cap applies to both existing and prospective tenancies, meaning a landlord cannot raise the rent on a vacant unit beyond the 10% mark. Further, an owner cannot terminate at tenancy in order to charge a new renter more than the cap would allow for the evicted renter. The rent-gouging protections apply to all housing types, including vacant units. The state of emergency is slated to… Read More

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The Mountain View City Council next month is expected to move forward with a city-sponsored ballot measure aimed at changing the local rent control law approved in 2016. On Nov. 12, the council is expected to decide whether to place such a measure before city voters in the 2020 election.

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The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance intended to prevent no-cause evictions until AB 1482 takes effect, a move that several other California jurisdictions are also considering.   The Los Angeles ordinance is intended as a stopgap until the Jan. 1 implementation of AB 1482, the newly signed statewide rent control and “just cause” eviction law. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the temporary legislation Tuesday afternoon. 

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Question: I rented an apartment to a young man; he signed a one-year lease and paid the deposit and first month’s rent in full. He moved in today, and less than 24 hours later, he is requesting to get out of his lease because another apartment that he prefers became available. Is there any kind of buyer’s remorse on signing a lease?

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in the city of Alameda. Effective Oct. 18, the city’s “Fair Housing and Tenant Protection Ordinance” requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The ordinance, approved by the Alameda City Council in September, bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. It also prohibits landlords from rejecting an applicant… Read More

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The Milpitas City Council on Tuesday voted to impose an urgency ordinance that bans no-cause evictions until Jan. 1, when a state law with the same objective takes effect.   The council’s move is intended as a stopgap measure leading up to the implementation of Assembly Bill 1482, California’s newly signed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law. 

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The city of Los Angeles is considering an “anti-displacement” proposal that would cap rent increases near new luxury and market-rate apartment developments when those projects lack affordable housing.  The proposal, introduced last month by City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr., would cap rents through “anti-displacement zones.”   These areas would exist for three years and cover a two-mile radius around luxury and market-rate developments with zero affordable units.  

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Gov. Gavin Newsom this month signed more than a dozen CAA-backed bills intended to address California’s chronic housing shortage. The bills will help remove local barriers to housing construction, boost incentives for building higher-density affordable housing, and make it easier and cheaper to add second units to residential lots. Gov. Gavin Newsom “We’ve invested more in new housing than at any point in our history, and we have created powerful new tools to incentivize housing production,” Newsom said in this news release.  “Now, we are removing some key local barriers to housing production. This crisis has been more than a… Read More

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Question: Our tenant owes us back rent and is stating that he is probably going to file bankruptcy. We’ve been trying to work with him but are getting nervous now. Do we lose all the back rent if he files bankruptcy?

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