Mosquitos. Those pesky little bugs that typically bother you on hot summer evenings when you are enjoying the outdoors. Or at least that used to be the case. Now Southern California has types of mosquitoes previously not seen in the region, and their behavior is not what we are used to.
Update on Rental Housing Bills
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee moved several rental housing bills to the "suspense file," including SB 1190 (Durazo). The suspense file is a holding placing for bills with significant fiscal impacts. Bills are generally held on the suspense file before each fiscal deadline so that each House can evaluate the total impacts to the state. Bills that are moved out of suspense then go to the floor while bills held in suspense die. The process for getting a bill off of the suspense file is full of political horse trading between legislators, leadership, and the Appropriations Committee chair. Bills that move off of the suspense file are almost always moved off of suspense with amendments. The Senate Appropriations Committee will be taking-up suspense file bills Friday, June 18, 2020.
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6/08: Safely Reoccupy Your Building Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
As “shelter in place” orders are gradually lifted and people get back to businesses, organizations are confronted with figuring out how to adjust to the “new normal” of operating safely in the presence of COVID-19 to ensure the continued health and safety of the people who occupy these spaces. Focus needs to be on protecting people to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, showing diligence in controlling COVID-19 risks and protecting reputation by showing your organization can operate safely.
By Aaron Read & Associates, SCRHA's Lobbying Firm
Needless to say, a lot has happened in the last few months. SCRHA spent the first month or so of the COVID-19 emergency lobbying on eviction moratoriums, seeking property tax relief, and advocating for direct rental assistance, amongst other actions to help the industry during unprecedented times. A wealth of resources, including eviction moratorium rules, are available on the SCRHA COVID-19 Resource page. Visit www.socalrha.org.
New legislation moving through the California legislature has the potential to create added economic distress for tens of thousands of small rental property owners throughout Southern California. While Assembly Bill 828 (Ting) is intended to help with the financial stress caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, it is a 25% blanket reduction of rent.
If passed, this bill will create even more economic distress for tens of thousands of small rental property owners who, like many renters, are already under immense financial pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill claims to be a temporary moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19. In reality, it provides a 25% blanket reduction of rent without due process.
As proposed, AB 828 requires the court, even if a tenant doesn't demonstrate a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus, to:
- Make an order for the tenant to remain in possession.
- Order the owner to reduce the rent for the property by 25% for 12 months.
- Require the tenant to pay monthly, 10% of the past due rent at the time of the order.
- Protect nuisance tenants by allowing them to NOT respond to unlawful detainer complaints.
The bill requires the courts to make assumptions about a property owners financial situation based on the number of units owned:
- If the plaintiff has an ownership interest in just one or two rental units, then the court shall presume that issuance of an order would constitute a material economic hardship.
- If the plaintiff has ownership in 10 or more rental units, the court shall presume that the issuance of an order would not constitute a material economic hardship.
- Allows the courts to change existing rental agreements and set new rents.
Southern California Rental Housing Association (SCRHA) is dedicated to protecting the interests of rental property owners and managers. Join us as we URGE A NO VOTE and let legislative leaders know that AB 828 will compromise your ability to provide rental housing.
On April 3, the County of San Diego issued an amended order requiring employees of certain businesses like grocery stores, restaurants, and gas stations to wear face coverings.
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Governor Gavin Newsom today issued an executive order banning the enforcement of eviction orders for renters affected by COVID-19 through May 31, 2020. The order goes into effect immediately. Under the order, tenants are required to retain documentation but not required to submit it to the landlord in advance. However, the tenant is still obligated to repay full rent in a timely manner and could still face eviction after the moratorium is lifted. SCRHA will provide more details as they become available. We are currently working to determine how this order impacts recent eviction moratoriums (if at all) passed by local jurisdictions. Click here to read the full order.