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The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to draft an ordinance requiring landlords to consider prospective tenants with Section 8 vouchers.   If ultimately approved, the ordinance could take effect as early as Jan. 1 of next year.  Several other California jurisdictions have passed similar laws, including the city of San Diego, San Francisco, and Marin County, , and Long Beach is now considering such an ordinance.

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Question: I served one of my tenants with a 3-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. He did not comply, so I served a 30-Day Notice to Quit. If the tenant does not move out by the 30th day, should I call the sheriff to evict him? Answer: The sheriff will not evict your resident unless you have gone through the unlawful-detainer lawsuit and produced a judgment for possession. You could have filed the unlawful detainer action after the 3-day notice expired; you did not need to give the tenant an additional 30 days.

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After hours of testimony Tuesday, the Santa Barbara City Council voted to create a “just cause” eviction ordinance, rejecting two years’ worth of negotiations and compromise by the council-appointed Landlord/Tenant Task Force.   Although they sound innocuous, so-called “just cause” ordinances require rental property owners to prove a cause in court or before a political body every time they need to remove a problem resident.  This makes it very difficult to remove tenants who have no regard for their neighbors, destroy the property, and tenants who are involved in illegal activity. As a result, communities suffer the consequences as nuisance conditions are not easily remedied.  

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Over the objections of CAA, the Inglewood City Council on Tuesday agreed to pursue a permanent rent control ordinance, “just cause” eviction policies, and a relocation assistance program tied to rent increases.   The council advanced these policies one week after extending a temporary rent control and just-cause measure for an additional 60 days. The interim ordinance caps rent increases at 5%.   Under the permanent rent control ordinance, rent increases would be limited to 8% each year.  

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The Sacramento City Council on Tuesday voted to push forward with a temporary mediation program to address high rents while housing supply catches up with demand. The program now moves to a second hearing set for April 23. The mediation program is included in the Tenant Protection and Relief Act introduced last year by Councilman Steve Hansen, Vice Mayor Eric Guerra and Councilman Rick Jennings.

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A pair of bills that would greatly expand rent control in California will get their first test in the state Legislature next week. On Thursday, April 25, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development will hold special hearings on AB 1482, which would apply rent control to every unit in California, and AB 36, which would weaken California’s Costa-Hawkins Act, allowing cities and counties to expand local rent control laws to single-family homes and newer construction.

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The California Apartment Association has launched a survey in its efforts to improve San Jose’s rental housing inspection program. Specifically, CAA Tri-County wants to hear from owners of rental property in San Jose that have been placed in either the “Tier 3” or “Tier 2” code enforcement categories.  Under San Jose’s Multiple Housing Program, apartment buildings are divided into tiers based on the number of violations per unit of the buildings. Each tier has a different inspection cycle and fee structure, with the fewest inspections and lowest fees for Tier 1 and the greatest for Tier 3. Although the city… Read More

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A bill that would create a statewide registry of rental units and require a myriad of information from California landlords each year advanced Wednesday from its first committee hearing.   AB 724 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, would publicize a wide range of information about rental units, raising privacy concerns for both property owners and residents. The bill passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a 6-1 vote with one abstention and now heads to the Judiciary Committee.

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Over the objections of CAA, Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday extended a temporary rent cap by six months and expanded eviction controls to all rental housing in unincorporated areas of the county. The interim rent cap, set at 3 percent annually, was initially approved last year and had been scheduled to expire in June. With today’s 4-1 vote, however, the rent moratorium will run until the end of the year, unless it is renewed again or replaced by a permanent rent control ordinance.

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Question: I have filed an eviction against one of my residents for failing to pay rent for the last two months. I served the notice on a Saturday, and someone said I had to serve it on a business day. Are they right? Answer: No. A three-day notice for breach of the lease can be served on any day of the week. The tenant has three full days to comply, but the last day of the notice must end on a business day. Question: I recently purchased a triplex, and the escrow will be closing in a couple of days.… Read More

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