News: Sacramento ValleyFilter
Five regional industry organizations, including the California Apartment Association, have joined forces to lead opposition against a proposed ballot measure that would bring rent control to the city of Sacramento. “Rent control is the wrong solution to our shortage of affordable housing in the region,” said Jim Lofgren, CAA senior vice president for the North Valley region. “We need to attract more investment in housing, and rent control only scares it away. It’s counterproductive.” CAA supports sensible solutions to California’s housing crisis, such as the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act, a state measure on the November 2018 ballot that… Read More
Tenant advocates have filed preliminary paperwork to place a rent control measure before voters in the city of Sacramento. The initiative would amend the city charter to impose inflation-based rent control and “just cause” eviction policies in the capital city. Under the measure, the rent charged as of Feb. 20, 2018, would serve as the base rent. Maximum annual increases would then be tied to the consumer price index. The measure would also create a nine-member rent control board, require landlords to pay an annual rental housing fee, and establish relocation assistance for displaced tenants.
The Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley, a regional organization serving single-family and multi-family rental owners and managers, has announced its merger with the statewide California Apartment Association. Following the merger, RHA was renamed CAA Sacramento Valley, becoming one of several local divisions operating throughout the state. RHA had been affiliated with CAA as an independent chapter since 1951. CAA is the nation’s largest statewide association serving the rental housing industry. Its membership includes over 13,000 single-family and multi-family property owners and managers, as well as businesses providing products and services for the industry.
The California Apartment Association is closely monitoring a newly formed coalition that’s working to bring rent control to the city of Sacramento. The coalition, Housing4Sacramento, includes groups that champion tenant rights, organized labor, socialism and subsidized housing.
The Sacramento City Council early this month is expected to approve changes to the annual fire-prevention fee for multifamily properties with three or more units. If approved, the new annual fees will be $40 to $808, depending upon the number of units at the property. California Apartment Association staff persuaded city fire officials to reduce some of the increases while securing support for improvements to the overall program.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday released the official list of cities that will have their housing approvals streamlined under SB 35, a bill supported by the California Apartment Association and authored last year by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.
Make sure your company gets the attention it deserves as hundreds of rental housing decision-makers gather for CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo. This premiere California Apartment Association event returns to the Santa Clara Convention Center on Wednesday, April 8. Exhibitor booths and sponsorship opportunities are now on sale. Take advantage of this opportunity to put your products in front of the most influential members of the multi-family housing industry. What you need to know What: CAA Connect – Northern California Rental Housing Conference & Expo When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 Where:… Read More
Several California cities have regained a novel legal tool for ridding apartments of drug and gun offenders. On Monday, Sept. 15, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pair of bills, both supported by the California Apartment Association, that allow city prosecutors and city attorneys to file eviction lawsuits against certain types of criminal defendants in specified cities where a landlord requests assistance. The bills extend for five years pilot programs that expired at the end of 2013. AB 2485 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, authorizes a city attorney or prosecutor, rather than the landlord or property owner, in Sacramento to initiate… Read More
Strong opposition led by RHA Sacramento Valley persuaded the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District to put its proposed property tax assessment on hold. This action spared rental property owners from a new annual assessment of $14 to $30 per unit. The Fire District had been seeking a special vote-by-mail election to gain approval of a new “Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment.” If approved, the assessment would have raised $12 million annually to reopen five engine companies closed during the recession. RHA – a chapter of the California Apartment Association — was the first business group to oppose the assessment and others quickly… Read More
For most folks, if they hate their job, or it just doesn’t pay enough, they can always quit. But what if you’re a landlord? It’s not easy, and if San Francisco politicians and at least one tenant advocacy group have their way, landlords will face more hurdles and costs if they try. In their sights is the Ellis Act, which provides limitations on what a local government can require of property owners who wish to end their rental housing business. What you’re unlikely to hear in the media is that the Ellis Act and local ordinances like one in San… Read More