On behalf of all of us at the California Apartment Association, our thoughts are with our members and their families, employees, neighbors, and residents who have lost their homes to the devastating fire in the North Bay Area. Recognizing the losses of many residents and the state of emergency that Sonoma and Napa County residents are facing, CAA is calling upon our members to show compassion for those who have lost their homes and, at a minimum, keep rents at current levels.

CAA recognizes the demand for rental housing will escalate over the coming weeks as displaced families look for new housing. CAA strongly discourages rental property owners from taking advantage of this peak in demand. As the leading industry whose mission is to provide homes, we must do all we can to help these victims who lost everything rebuild their lives. CAA will not support any efforts that may occur by individual owners to drastically increase rents on new or existing renters.

Moreover, the president and governor have  declared states of …

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