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When a Santa Rosa tenant repeatedly violates the county’s COVID-19 health order, he or she could face a penalty for the transgression. But thanks to the California Apartment Association, the renter’s landlord will not. That protection for rental property owners was part of an urgency ordinance adopted by the Santa Rosa City Council Aug. 11. The ordinance enables the city to enforce Sonoma County’s rules for preventing the spread of coronavirus and sets up a system for warnings and fines.

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The California Apartment Association this week asked its members for help stopping AB 1436, the “free rent” bill to be heard Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would make rental property owners defer rent payments for tenants who are either unable — or unwilling — to pay for housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Assemlyman David Chiu The legislation allows tenants to skip rent payments without providing any proof that they have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The bill is nothing more than a government-sanctioned rent strike. Tenants would not be required to… Read More

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An appellate court has ordered the city of Sacramento to place a local rent control measure on the Nov. 3 ballot, overturning a lower court ruling from two weeks ago. The California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on Wednesday ruled in favor of initiative proponent Michelle Pariset and against the city of Sacramento and the Sacramento County Superior Court.

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California’s Judicial Council today voted 19-1 to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful-detainer cases effective Sept. 1. The Judicial Council had been eyeing Aug. 14 to resume evictions, however, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged her colleagues to wait two weeks. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye The delay gives lawmakers more time to create a replacement for the Judicial Council’s Rule 1, which has halted nearly all evictions across the state since April 1.  “In our ongoing conversations with Gov. Newsom and the Legislature, we have been responsive to their requests for additional time to develop and enact policy and legislative… Read More

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The Assembly Judiciary Committee this week approved a bill that would create a voluntary tax credit program to help landlords recoup rent that’s gone unpaid during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill, SB 1410 by Sens. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, passed the Judiciary Committee on a 7-3 vote with one abstention. The legislation now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. To qualify for the credits, a rental owner would need to sign an agreement, pledging to defer rent that’s gone unpaid due to the coronavirus and not to evict the tenant for nonpayment. The tenant also would need… Read More

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A judge last week ruled that a local rent control initiative belongs on the Burbank city ballot, even though the city’s clerk disqualified the measure just two months ago. In June, Burbank City Clerk Zizette Mullins rejected the petition because it lacked some legally required wording. Price-control advocates, who had submitted the required number of signatures to qualify the measure, responded with a legal challenge. On Friday, L.A. Superior Court Judge Mary H. Strobel ruled in their favor.

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California’s Judicial Council will vote by noon Thursday whether to allow the courts to resume processing unlawful detainer cases effective Sept. 1. Last month, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye suggested the courts could decide to resume hearing eviction cases effective Aug. 14. Today, however, she asked her colleagues on the Judicial Council to consider pushing back the date by a couple of weeks, which would coincide with the end of the Legislative session. The Judicial Council’s rules were put in place in early April, bringing to a halt nearly all eviction actions in the state. The action came in response to… Read More

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Several of California’s large metro newspapers, including the San Jose Mercury News. the L.A. Daily News, and the Orange County Register, took a stand last week against Proposition 21, the radical rent control measure on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. Financed by Michael Weinstein and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the proposition threatens to bring back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in the 1970s. On Thursday, Aug. 6, the Southern California News Group, which includes the Orange County Register, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News and several other papers, urged readers to vote no on the measure.… Read More

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The Los Angeles Housing Department wants to nearly double an annual inspection fee for apartments in the city. The Housing Department seeks permission from the City Council to raise the code enforcement fee from $43.32 to $81.59 per unit per year. Housing officials say they need the fee increase to pay for Systematic Code Enforcement Program through 2023.

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Two of California’s leading senior citizen organizations announced this week their opposition to Proposition 21, the extreme rent control measure on November’s statewide ballot.  The Congress of California Seniors and the California Seniors Advocates League say Proposition 21 would make it more difficult for seniors to find affordable housing. The proposition would cause this by slowing the construction of new projects and reducing the number of properties on the market to rent. They also pointed to a report from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office that said Proposition 21would lower property values. “Prop 21 provides no protections for seniors and would hurt… Read More

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