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Governor Signs Strongest Statewide Renter Protection Legislation

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On Statewide Rent & Housing Tour, Governor Gavin Newsom Signs Nation’s Strongest Statewide Renter Protection Legislation

OAKLAND – Surrounded by dozens of legislative leaders, working families and rent advocates in the East Bay, on Tuesday Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a series of bills to fight a key cause of our state’s housing crisis – rent gouging and evictions. Central to the package is AB 1482 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) to establish a 5 percent annual rent cap, plus inflation, coupled with just-cause protections – the strongest renter protections in the nation.

“About a third of California renters pay more than half of their income to rent and are one emergency away from losing their housing,” said Governor Newsom. “One essential tool to combating this crisis is protecting renters from price-gouging and evictions. The bills signed into law today are among the strongest in the nation to protect tenants and support working families.”

Passing a strong renter protection package was a top priority for the Governor. In his first week in office and again in his State of the State address, he called on the Legislature to come to an agreement on a series of bills to protect renters from rent gouging and unfair evictions.

“We need new rules to stabilize neighborhoods and prevent evictions, without putting small landlords out of business,” said Governor Newsom in his State of the State Address. “I want the best ideas from everyone in this chamber. Here is my promise to you, get me a good package on rent stability this year and I will sign it.”

Governor Newsom kicked off his statewide rent and housing production tour in Oakland and signed several pieces of legislation into law to combat the housing and cost-of-living crisis.

Housing affordability has been a top priority for Governor Newsom. The state budget signed in June made a historic $1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives – both sticks and carrots – to incentivize cities to approve new home construction. The budget also provided $20 million for legal services for renters facing eviction as well as $1 billion to help cities and counties fight homelessness.

The high cost of housing and rent has also been the focus of executive action. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land in order to find parcels to develop into affordable housing, launching partnerships with six California cities in April to develop affordable housing on that land and, last week, announcing the first Request for Proposal on state-owned land will be issued in the City of Stockton.

In addition to AB 1482, the Governor signed the following measures to protect tenants against discrimination and eviction:

  • SB 329 by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) prohibits landlords from discriminating against tenants who rely upon housing assistance paid directly to landlords, such as a Section 8 voucher, to help them pay rent.
  • SB 222 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) underscores that housing discrimination on account of military or veteran status is unlawful in California by explicitly stating so within the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). In addition, by defining a Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher as a source of income for purposes of FEHA, the bill prohibits landlords from discriminating against a tenant on the basis that the tenant pays part or all of the rent using a VASH voucher.
  • AB 1110 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) requires landlords to give 90 days’ notice to a tenant before imposing rent increases of more than 10 percent.
  • AB 1399 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) closes a loophole in the Ellis Act wherein landlords evict all the tenants from rent-stabilized units in a property, claiming they are leaving the rental market, when they have no plans for the property and are actually trying to raise rent in the stabilized units. The bill clarifies that once any unit is returned to the rental market, the entire property is considered back on the rental market.
  • SB 644 by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) lowers the amount that a landlord can charge service members for a security deposit on residential rental housing.
  • AB 1487 by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) establishes the Bay Area Housing Finance Authority, which will increase affordable housing by providing for enhanced funding and technical assistance at a regional level for new affordable housing production, affordable housing preservation, and tenant protection.

The Newsom Administration has also enforced state housing law – putting more than forty cities on notice that they were out of compliance with state housing requirements and in jeopardy of legal action. In August, the Governor unveiled a proposal to create a permanent fund to provide legal support to Californians facing eviction or foreclosure.

Governor Newsom will continue his rent and housing tour with stops in San Diego and Los Angeles tomorrow. He will take action on bills intended to spur housing production.

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Feb 11 & 18: Landlord/Tenant Workshops Discuss Rent Stabilization

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Los Angeles County rent control ordinance approved by Board of Supervisors

WEST HOLLYWOOD– The City of West Hollywood presents Tenant Advanced, the latest in a series of “RSO Building Blocks” workshops that educate property owners, managers, tenants, and other community members about the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

The February 11 session of the RSO Building Blocks series will provide tenants with an additional understanding of their protections under the Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO).

Topics will include eviction protections, tenant harassment and mediation services, social services for low-income seniors, reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act, and information about pets, service dogs, and therapy animals. This follows the Tenant Basics workshop held on February 4.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 7 p.m. the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park in Rooms 5 and 6, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

For more information, please contact Tom Trevor at (323) 848-6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

The next Landlord Advanced Workshop: Rent Stabilization Ordinance Building Blocks — Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

This session of the RSO Building Blocks series will provide landlords with an additional understanding of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO). Topics include registering new tenancies online, paying the program annual fee and how to correctly pass-through half of the fee to tenants, maintenance standards for paint, floor and window blinds, correctly calculating and applying allowable rent increases, maintaining housing services and parking, the rent stabilization petition and hearings process for determining maximum allowable rent and whether housing services have been reduced or removed, tenancy just-cause eviction protections, mediation available to resolve disputes and improve communication, responding to reasonable accommodations requests under the Fair Housing Act, information on pets, service dogs, and therapy animals, and the City’s policy against tenant harassment.

This follows the Landlord Basics workshop on Tuesday, February 18. For more information, please contact Tom Trevor at (323) 848-6472 or ttrevor@weho.org.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7 p.m. the West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, located at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Newsom Visits SoCal Homeless Shelters to Listen to Those in Crisis

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KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom toured Southern California homeless shelters Tuesday as he continues to fight to add $750 million to tackle the homelessness crisis.

The governor started his day in Riverside before visiting a board and care facility in Koreatown where he listened to the stories and concerns of residents living there.

Newsom said that homelessness has increased in California by 16.4% from this time last year, a jump of just over 151,000 people — 108,000 of whom are unsheltered. He said he and other state law makers have taken action to help across the state.

“In the next few weeks, this city and […]

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A Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated for This Year

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Here’s a Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated to Open This Year

LOS ANGELES (LA Mag) — The $1.2 billion bond measure got off to a slow start, but 15 projects are set to be completed in 2020

Last week, city and county officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new, 62-unit supportive housing project in South Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of 88th and Vermont in the Vermont Vista neighborhood, it was the first housing development to be build with funding from Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by Los Angeles voters more than three years ago.

The proposition, which originally promised to fund 10,000 units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless over ten years, has fallen far short of its original goals, as projects have been beset by bureaucratic delays and skyrocketing construction costs.

So far, only 118 housing projects […]

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