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Hi SCRHA Member,

Today is Friday, May 1. We've made it, seven weeks!

Status Report 
As we've said before, many are expecting May to be the true test of this crisis in terms of rental payments. Especially in light of some groups calling for a rent strike. 

More than ever we need to encourage government at all levels to help the industry so we can protect the future of your investment and the ability to house residents. Here are a few things you can do right now to make a difference for you and the industry.

Federal Level 

Yesterday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called for a national rent strike: "We need to make sure that rent cancellation [sic] happens on the state and national level."  Congress is returning to work and you can still encourage them do better in protecting the rental housing industry and the millions it houses. 

NAA is asking Congress to:

  • Create an emergency rental assistance program for those who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and struggle to cover housing expenses.
  • Better tailor the CARES Act eviction moratorium provision and safeguard owners’ ability to effectively manage their communities.
  • Expand the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program to include all multifamily businesses.

Ask Congress for Relief! 

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State Level 

The State Assembly is returning to work Monday, while the Senate will return to take up bills on May 11. We are starting to see amendments on bills introduced prior to the COVID-19 emergency. We will continue to work on those bills and new ones that have been introduced to deal with COVID, such as AB 828. If you haven't written to your Senator yet, please make sure you weigh in and let them know how this impacts your business, livelihood, ability to provide jobs, and more importantly, the shelter that Californians so desperately need. 

AB 828 allows the court 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

Action Alert on AB 828!

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Local Government 

SCRHA is part of a coalition of business organizations that are working closely with local government on how to re-open businesses as we come out of the emergency situation. At the same time, we remain focused on asking local elected officials to pursue some form of rental assistance to lessen the pain for both renters and property owners while also protecting the industry and the jobs it supports. We hope to report back with positive news in the near future. 

In the interim, we encourage you to reach out to your local elected representatives, especially those in the areas where your properties are located. 

Forms and FAQs 

Don’t forget that the SCRHA has created several forms to assist you during COVID-19. 

As our members access the Frequently Asked Questions and get requests from residents, they have been reaching out to our Operational Advisers with more questions. We have been adding new questions/answers to the FAQs, so check back often for added information. 

Moratorium Regulations  
Many cities and counties have adopted emergency ordinances with regard to COVID-19 in our service area. You can find links to those resources on the COVID-19 Resource page. Local ordinances, for the most part, supersede the Governor’s new Order Adopted 3-27-2020. Make sure you refer to the moratorium regulations for the jurisdiction where your property is located. A chart of moratoriums as well as links to the various ordinances are available on the COVID-19 Resources page.  

Social Media  
Follow us Twitter and Facebook for updates. Encourage your industry colleagues and team members to do the same. Twitter has been a hot bed of information from governments. 

If you have a question we have not answered, please email us at Info@SoCalRHA.org and we will do our best to get an answer and post it to the site. Critical reviews are welcome so that we may ensure we are providing the essential information you need to be successful. 

Pass it Along 
If you know someone in the industry that is not a member of the SCRHA but would benefit from this information, please forward this along and, of course, encourage them to join

Sincerely, 

Alan Pentico, CAE  
Executive Director