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The Concord City Council plans to eliminate its Rent Review Program this summer, saying the nonbinding mediation program is no longer needed given the statewide rent cap under Assembly Bill 1482. The council on Feb. 11 also expressed an interest in increasing relocation assistance for no-fault evictions, as well as mandating that landlords offer one-year leases. A proposal to apply AB 1482’s “just cause” for eviction policies at the beginning of a tenancy, instead of after one year, failed to move forward.

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A bill working its way through the California Legislature would create a $500 million tax credit aimed at keeping housing affordable. AB 2058 by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel, D-San Fernando Valley, would create the Affordable Housing Preservation Tax Credit to incentivize property owners planning to sell rental housing or mobile-home parks to prioritize selling to experienced affordable housing entities that will keep the units affordable.   Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel

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The California Apartment Association’s offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of Presidents Day. Normal operating hours will resume Tuesday.

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A Los Angeles city councilman wants to lower the annual rent cap to 60% of the Consumer Price Index, the same formula used in San Francisco. At present, the annual cap on rent increases for rent controlled housing in L.A. comes to 4%, a figured determined by the rate of inflation. The city’s ordinance also includes a 3% floor, meaning rents can never be capped below 3% no matter what happens to CPI.

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A Los Angeles city councilman wants to use eminent domain to prevent rents in a Chinatown building from returning to market rates after a 30-year wait.   A motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo asks staff to return in 30 days with recommendations for acquiring Hillside Villa, where rents on 59 affordable units are scheduled to adjust to market rates in September.

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Question: Are all properties with two units on a parcel exempt?

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The state has begun cracking down on landlords who advertise that Section 8 voucher holders need not apply for tenancy. A California law that took effect Jan. 1 prohibits rental owners from including “No Section 8” or similar verbiage in rental housing ads. The law, SB 329, also forbids the rejection of an applicant for housing based solely on the person’s use of a housing voucher for payment. Although violations of the law appear to be dwindling, enforcement is underway. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has sent letters about violations to more than 20 rental housing providers… Read More

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Oakland’s new ban on criminal background checks during tenant screening has prompted the California Apartment Association to explore its legislative and legal options for providing liability protection to landlords. Under Oakland’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, property owners are prohibited from conducting criminal background checks or asking prospective tenants whether they have a criminal record at any time during the application process.

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If the owner moves into one side of a duplex, where the other is already occupied by a tenant, does that make the duplex exempt from rent control and just cause under AB 1482? Does AB 1482 regulate the timing of the first rent increase for a new tenant?  Does AB 1482 prohibit or regulate making a “buyout offer” to a tenant? Find the answers to these questions and dozens more in CAA’s newly updated  Industry Insight paper AB 1482: Questions and Answers. You’ll find it at CAA’s AB 1482 compliance page.

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The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California this week announced its opposition to Michael Weinstein’s radical rent control measure. The union’s announcement came Monday just hours before the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed that Weinstein’s measure had qualified for November’s ballot. The anti-housing crusader’s measure would repeal significant portions of the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and welcome back the extreme forms of rent control that proliferated in California in the 1970s. The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California contends that Weinstein’s initiative will undermine the newly enacted Tenant Protection Act of 2019. “Californians are suffering from… Read More

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