A number of groups are now demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom immediately suspend all evictions in California, regardless of the reason for terminating the tenancy. Organizations including the ACLU and the Western Center on Law & Poverty say Newsom didn’t go far enough in an executive order on eviction protections and COVID-19. That order, issued Monday, made clear that local governments can impose eviction protections for tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the coronavirus or loss of income as a result of the outbreak. In a joint statement, the ACLU, Western Center and Lawyers’ Committee for… Read More
As you all are likely witnessing, the concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 are having significant economic impacts on businesses and individuals around the state. As a result, many of your residents may be experiencing serious financial hardships, making it difficult for them to meet their rental obligations in a timely fashion. CAA offers a form that may help owners navigate this challenging time while showing compassion for their residents. Form CA-263 is CAA’s payment plan agreement form. It allows residents to remain in their unit while making payments on past due amounts in accordance with a mutually agreeable schedule.… Read More
A growing number of cities are issuing eviction protections for tenants financially strapped by the coronavirus. Major cities to adopt COVID-19 eviction restrictions include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento. For a full list of cities that have approved such measures, visit CAA’s COVID-19 resource page. Local governments considering COVID-19 eviction moratoria range from Anaheim to Fresno to Santa Cruz County. Visit the resource page for other jurisdictions weighing these measures. CAA staff is updating the lists of moratoria each day, so check the resource page regularly. The California Apartment Association continues its work to ensure… Read More
After Sacramento County issued a “stay at home” directive Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted an emergency ordinance temporarily banning the eviction of tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by COVID-19. The ordinance took effect immediately and will run until the governor’s executive order N-28-20 issued Monday terminates May 31, unless it is extended. The ordinance covers all units in the city of Sacramento, states the tenant’s loss of income must be related to COVID-19 and outlines the following wage-loss reasons: The tenant is sick with COVID-19 or has to care for a… Read More
California’s chief law enforcement officer has labeled the AIDS Health Foundation — the group bankrolling an extreme rent control measure on November’s ballot — as “delinquent” in its nonprofit status, according to a press release from Californians for Responsible Housing. Attorney General Xavier Becerra last week said the foundation, which is headed by anti-housing activist Michael Weinstein, failed to file documents necessary to meet the requirements to claim charitable standing in the state. Attorney General Xavier Becerra “Once again, it appears that Michael Weinstein’s group, which essentially is a drug company masquerading as a charity, is trying to hide the… Read More
The continued spread of the coronavirus, including California’s first death from the outbreak, prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom this week to declare a statewide emergency. “The state of California is deploying every level of government to help identify cases and slow the spread of this coronavirus,” Newsom said in this news release Wednesday. “This emergency proclamation will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly.”
A newly introduced bill would allow local governments to seize corporate-owned properties that sit vacant for 90 days or more. SB 1079 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire the unoccupied housing. It also would allow cities and counties to levy fines against the owner.
As you consider prospective renters in 2020, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process. This includes the actual money spent gathering information, as well as time spent by you or your staff. But no matter how much you pay for tenant screening, your fee to applicants may not exceed $52.46 That figure represents this year’s maximum applicant-screening charge. Each December, the state of California adjusts its cap on applicant-screening fees based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. This year’s adjustment amounted to an increase of $1.52. Members can follow this… Read More
In the city of Long Beach, planning a major renovation project is no longer enough to terminate a tenancy. Now, city landlords must also have a permit in-hand before proceeding with this type of eviction — a requirement that could delay remodeling projects. The city of Los Angeles also is pursuing this type of ordinance. Under AB 1482, the newly imposed statewide rent cap and “just cause” eviction law, landlords can file no-fault evictions for a few select reasons, including to perform substantial renovations to their properties.