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Governor Signs Assembly Bill 3088, the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020”

Bill Passed by Overwhelming Majority, Bipartisan Vote in Both the Assembly (59-9) and Senate (33-2)

As anticipated, late Monday night, Assembly Bill 3088, the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020” was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom and takes effect immediately.  The “key” provisions contained in the legislation are described below.

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In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, cities throughout California are issuing orders and adopting urgency ordinances establishing temporary eviction moratoriums on evictions due to non-payment of rent for renters impacted by COVID-19.  Some cities are also prohibiting “no-fault” evictions except in limited circumstances.  In addition, some cities are also prohibiting Ellis Act evictions.

The number of cities that have instituted temporary eviction moratoriums continues to expand.  The list provided below is a sampling of the cities, with links to their orders and/or ordinances, that have implemented temporary moratoriums and not inclusive of all the cities that may adopt such moratoriums.  The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles is committed to providing updated information throughout the pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Should Landlords Respond?

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Rely on the People Who Know Science.

When coronavirus has been detected in a rental unit, the first and most compelling course of action is to call local public health officials to seek guidance in how to handle it.

Ask the infected tenant to voluntarily place themselves in a hospital facility, or at a bare minimum, self-isolate themselves.  For someone who exhibited symptoms or has tested positive, the most prudent course of action is to admit themselves into a medical facility. We still do not yet know, though, if the health care system can accommodate an influx of patients. In last Sunday’s press conference, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says a serious concern for his state (and, by extension, California) is that the number of infected people can severely tax the resources of hospitals.  Alternatively, a resident who tests positive for the virus can ideally self-isolate themselves in the rental unit.  Asking someone to sever ties with the rest of the world, of course, is a request that is hard to swallow, but hopefully heeded.  Tenants who are infected should be told that in the interest of transparency, other residents will be notified that someone in the building has tested positive; however, the name of the inflicted tenant shall remain anonymous.

Public Health Advisory – March 24, 2020 Event Postponed

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As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and the producer of the Income Property Management Expo & Maintenance Mania has been committed to working closely with the City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and we have been monitoring guidance being communicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

State public health experts have determined that gatherings should be postponed or canceled across the state until at least the end of March. Non-essential gatherings must be limited to no more than 250 people, while smaller events can proceed only if the organizers can implement social distancing of 6 feet per person. Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should be limited to no more than 10 people, while also following social distancing guidelines.

As a result, we are postponing the March 24th Income Property Management Expo until Wednesday, October 7th.  The Expo at that time will again take place at the Pasadena Convention Center. In addition, Maintenance Mania will be cancelled until further notice. Additional information regarding the event will be made available as soon as possible.

New California Rental Housing Laws: AB 1482 Is Only the Beginning…

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While the rental housing industry in California has been abuzz about the latest rent control and “just cause” eviction law (more on that below), Gov. Newsom has passed five other rental laws. From extended rent increase notices to the mandatory acceptance of Section 8 vouchers, you won’t want to miss these other hot-off-the-press laws.

Questions for California’s Next Governor

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By Edward Ring

An article just published in City Journal, “Is Texas’s Affordable Housing Endangered,” describes how housing prices in Texas are becoming unaffordable. The article notes how the average home price in the Austin metropolitan area has doubled in just 10 years. In the Dallas suburbs a decade ago, more than 50 percent of homes sold for under $200,000 compared to around four percent today.

One of the reasons people move to Texas is that homes there are more affordable than in other places. Writer Connor Harris invokes California as a cautionary tale. Because Texas relies on high property taxes instead of having a state income tax, if property values surge, there is a risk that Texas voters will follow the example set by the 1978 tax revolt in California. A Proposition 13-like revolt, which prevented annual reassessments of home values, could lead to Texas passing and raising income taxes, which would penalize productive activity.

San Francisco Multifamily Market Update

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By Marc Frenkiel

Is it an exaggeration to say that San Francisco is the greatest hub of technological invention and innovation the world has ever known? 

Take a look at the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities 2020 Report. Looking back at the year 2019, the San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco Metropolitan Statistical Area took the top spot:

The region’s wage income growth in the five-year benchmark and the recent period exhibit exceptional strength (ranked second among large MSAs). Besides the region’s robust growth in job creation and income, it also commands the highest rank of five-year high-tech GDP growth among large metropolitan areas in the nation. More importantly, the high-tech content as a share of the regional economy is increasing.

The Future Of Multifamily: Artificial Intelligence & Automation

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By YardiBreeze

In 2020, several exciting technological advances were introduced to the real estate industry. We expected change to happen quickly, but not overnight. However, for many business operators, COVID-19 hastened the move to automation, paperless solutions and artificial intelligence. And now, cutting-edge tech that was put in place at the start of the pandemic is becoming the standard in property management.

With better days ahead, let’s take a look at the ways property managers can use artificial intelligence and automation to streamline their business and accelerate growth. This is the future of multifamily housing.

Biden’s Proposed Tax Law Changes And Real Estate

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By Robert A. Briskin

President Biden is expected to release shortly a 2022 federal budget, which will include the President’s  proposed tax law changes.  With the Democrats currently controlling both houses of Congress, new proposed tax legislation is anticipated to be introduced by the Biden administration into Congress in the fall of 2021.  To facilitate the enactment of new tax laws, it is anticipated that the Biden administration will use the budget reconciliation process (thereby requiring only an affirmative 51 votes in the Senate to pass the tax law changes).  Most likely, there will be a January 1, 2022 effective date for most of the new tax laws (but there could be earlier effective dates for certain selected tax law provisions).  Additionally, there has recently been proposed estate and gift tax law changes introduced into Congress by House Ways and Means Committee member Jimmy Gomez and by Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders, known as the “For the 99.5 Percent Act”. 

Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) Territory Expansion Approved

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Expansion Approved by National Apartment Association – Now Serving All L.A. County, Including Long Beach, South Bay, Downey, Norwalk, and More

Apartment Association, California Southern Cities’ (AACSC) Charter is Revoked by National Apartment Association

On April 21, 2021, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles received approval by the National Apartment Association of its application seeking territory expansion permitting it to expand its territory and cover the Southeastern Section of Los Angeles County previously held by the Apartment Association, California Southern Cities (AACSC).  As a result, the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ charter granted by the National Apartment Association has now expanded to cover the entirety of Los Angeles County.  Along with the approval for territory expansion obtained by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ Territory, the charter of the AACSC was revoked by the National Apartment Association and AACSC is no longer affiliated with the National Apartment Association.   

Attorney Tracey Merrill – New Laws and the Pandemic: ARE YOU READY?

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Esteemed landlord attorney, Ms. Tracey Merrell of Kimball, Tirey & St. John, joins us once again to discuss the many of the new laws impacting landlords, and will be here to take your questions!



  • What are the new laws affecting the landlord / tenant relationships, and how to avoid running afoul of these tricky new laws?
  • Have there been any changes in the laws affecting fair housing? Tracey updates you.
  • What are some of the “hot,” trending issues that affect rental housing?
  • How much longer can your tenants withhold rent from YOU? What can and should you be doing TODAY?
  • What are the different rules depending on what jurisdiction your property is in?
  • And, much, much more…including Q&A session with Tracey Merrell, the Managing Attorney of Education for Kimball, Tirey & St. John, LLP. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the webinar and ask questions submitted live during the live presentation.

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Tenant Hoarding Horrors and Other Hazards

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 20, 2021

If you have ever noticed strong odors coming from a particular apartment or seen personal belongings piled up outside of YOUR tenant’s apartment or in common areas, then you may have a hoarding tenant on the premises. Hoarders can pose serious health and safety concerns that include pest infestation, building or fire hazards, mold growth, and risk of injury or disease. This can also affect the other tenants living in YOUR building.

BioSoCal is a licensed and fully trained biohazard mitigation firm that specializes in hoarding remediation and can help YOU clean-up safely and restore your home or rental property in all types of situations involving hoarding cleanup, blood stains, suicide or death, decomposition, crime scenes, trauma, murder, and animal feces. BioSoCal’s goal is to help YOU return your home or apartment building back to normal and free from all unwanted possessions, contaminants, or debris, so you can focus on what is important – operating a safe and profitable investment property.

During this webinar, you will hear real-life hoarding horror stories from the experts of BioSoCal and learn how to recognize and rate the severity of clutter or potential hoarding before things get way out of control.

During this important webinar, we will discuss:

  • How YOU can identify or flag a hoarder tenant at YOUR property?
  • What Is the process of hoarding remediation? Do I involve the Health Department?
  • How far should you go to help the hoarder clean the home or apartment and keep it clean?
  • When should YOU seek help from a biohazard clean-up company to remove possessions?
  • What Is the process for cleaning-up a suicide, homicide, and blood spills?
  • How YOU can safely clean-up rodent droppings, animal urine or feces?
  • What is the best way to remove cigarette smoke from your house or apartment?
  • What are the ways to completely remove dead animal smell.
  • Handling death inside of YOUR rental property – learn why a dead body smells and the 5 stages of human decomposition. Is the odor from a dead Body a biohazard?
  • And, of course, much, much more! Q&A to Follow.

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Housing Today’s Veterans

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WHEN: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Join us for this important webinar to learn about how YOU can assist our brave Veterans by providing badly needed housing. Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (VOALA) is a local agency that addresses the many issues facing our Veterans and their families, including by helping to assist with depression, anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, homelessness, unemployment, and lack of education. VOALA is committed to helping Veterans overcome the barriers that stand between them and a stable, secure life. Mental health, housing, employment, and case management is at the core of its Veterans’ programs.

Through its HUD-VASH program, VOALA helps provide long–term case management, clinical / supportive services, and permanent housing assistance for chronically homeless veterans. The HUD-VASH program works in collaboration with the local Public Housing Authorities to assist its Veterans with obtaining a Housing Choice Section 8 Voucher, in addition to providing intensive clinical case management services to support Veterans with maintaining permanent housing.

During this important webinar, we will cover:

  • How YOU can benefit through a partnership with the HUD-VASH program at VOALA
  • Eligibility requirements for HUD-VASH
  • How VOALA can assist you in working with the local Public Housing Authorities
  • Information regarding the Homeless Incentive Program (HIP), which will give YOU up to one month’s rent for holding a unit.
  • What will be YOUR monthly rent?
  • How can Case Managers support you with your tenants?
  • Available assistance for Security Deposits and Rental Arrears for Veterans?
  • Veterans’ stories and who may be your likely tenants in the VASH program. Why you need to help our veterans?
  • Many success stories…YOU could be next!
  • And, of course, much, much more! Q&A to Follow…

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Choosing the Right Smart Home Technology for Rental Housing

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By Arize

In our connected world, even our homes are becoming smarter. The term is ‘smart technology’ and it is changing the way that apartment communities are being managed. Here are the answers to common questions regarding this fresh new concept.

  •  Q: What is a smart apartment / smart home?

Smart apartments and homes use internet-connected devices to monitor and manage the home remotely, using a simple phone application. This includes everything from appliances and utilities to temperature and lighting controls. Think of it this way: just as your mobile phone has iOS and Android that connect us to just about all of our daily tasks, they now also connect us to our most important asset—our homes!

Smart apartments are very versatile and offer something for every tenant. In fact, they can be equipped with EACH AND EVERY ONE of the following smart devices (Note: all these devices allow for 24/7 monitoring and response): Smoke detector alerts, smart lighting control, thermostat automation, water leak detectors, keyless entry/smart locks, entry sensors (e.g., windows and doors), motion sensors and more. Additionally, smart apartment devices can all be automated onto one simple, streamlined platform.

Ask Kari – About Onsite Managers

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By Kari Negri, Chief Executive Officer, SKY Properties, Inc.

(Editor’s Note: The “Ask Kari” now features a new monthly, “Question and Answer” format by Kari Negri, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of SKY Properties.  Ms. Negri has more than two decades of property management experience, is a featured speaker at many real estate industry trade shows and expositions, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles.  Ms. Negri would like to answer your questions in future articles and asks that you submit your questions to: Kari@SKYprop.LA.  Also, you can watch the SKY Properties online video series at www.skypropertiesinc.com

  • Question: “Hi Kari, I heard a building owner can be sued for not keeping proper timesheets for their on-site building managers? How can I avoid legal exposure?”

First and foremost, before I can even begin to address your question, you must have a valid, signed contract in place with any onsite manager.  You can a form onsite manager contract through the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (or you can pay for an attorney to draft one for you).  Having a valid contract in place between you and your onsite manager is not an option – it is mandatory for all onsite employees to have a contract even if you call them a “key holder,” “cleaner,” “security” or even worse, any “friend” or just plain old “tenant.”  Even if the building is small and does not require an onsite manager or employee, if you have a person at your building that is designated as such who is performing services in exchange for rent concessions, then there must absolutely be a contract that outlines his or her duties and responsibilities and the days and hours they are expected to work.