Local Legislative Watch

The primary mission of the Nor Cal Rental Property Association’s government affairs program is to prevent unreasonable and costly regulation of the rental housing industry. NCRPA monitors issues affecting rental owners and managers at every level of government. We keep our members informed and involved on critical issues via special alerts, magazine articles and presentations at association events. Although NCRPA has earned a good reputation for effective representation of the industry, the association needs the support of its members to achieve success on every issue. Stay informed and get involved.

Dollar Creek Crossing – Placer County

Eviction Moratorium in San Joaquin County

Eviction Moratorium in Yolo County

Eviction Moratorium in Tuolumne County

19-6008: Stockton Landlords Now Responsible for Utilities

AB 1925 (Ma)

AB 1925 (Ma) Mandatory Payments to Tenants: Relocation Assistance. The Assembly Member is carrying this bill at the request of the California Apartment Association. When amended, it will permit cities and counties to require landlords to pay tenants temporary relocation costs if the landlord wants to recover possession from the tenant for less than 30 days to make repairs and improvements to the rented unit. Landlords would pay the tenants: moving costs (including packing and unpacking, insurance, storage, utility connection fees and if necessary, special needs costs), temporary lodging, meals and costs for pets. Costs could not exceed $225 per day per tenant! The only alternative would be for the landlord to pay for replacement housing during the term of repairs or improvements.
Date: March 23, 2012

SB 1191 (Simitian)

SB 1191 (Simitian) Foreclosure: Free Rent. Any landlord must provide a copy of the notice of (foreclosure) sale to prospective tenants. If the landlord fails to do so, the lease shall be invalidated and that person who becomes a tenant shall recover ALL rent paid.
Date: March 23, 2012

SB 249 (Yee)

SB 249 (Yee) As amended, it will permit landlords to terminate the tenancy or refuse to renew a tenancy of an aggressor if a victim of domestic violence sexual assault or violence documents to the landlord that a temporary restraining order or a police report was issued within the last 180 days against that aggressor.
Date: March 23, 2012


To NorCalRPA Members: The State Senate is expected to vote on a bill by January 31st, 2012 which would permit all cities and counties to set permanent price controls (the worst form of rent control) on newly constructed rental and ownership housing. Please call YOUR state Senator now and ask for a NO vote when Senator Leno moves the SB 184 to the Senate for a vote. The ENTIRE Senate voted the bill down last year and Senator Leno is entitled to bring the bill up one more time. THE BILL MUST BE STOPPED. We are asking you to immediately call our Senators to vote NO on this remarkably bad bill. Our state Senators are: Lois Wolk (916) 651.4005 She voted for the bill last year, but should be asked to reconsider her vote and vote NO. Anthony Cannella (916) 651.4012 He voted against the bill last year and should be asked to continue to OPPOSE the bill. Tom Berryhill (916) 651.4014 He voted against the bill last year and should be asked to continue to OPPOSE the bill. You must act NOW and call your State Senator. First tell them you are a constituent, second tell the staff or the Senator that you are strongly opposed to the bill and urge them to vote NO should Senator Leno bring the bill up for a vote. Please ACT NOW. Please Call. Thank you.
Date: January 23, 2012

New Rules Require Rental Property Owners to Issue 1099s

NOVEMBER 11, 2010 The recently enacted Small Business Jobs Act contained one provision that may have escaped the notice of taxpayers who own rental property, but will affect them starting in January. Under the provision, owners of property who receive rental income will be required to issue Forms 1099 to service providers for payments of $600 or more during the year. The act subjects recipients of rental income from real estate to the same information-reporting requirements as taxpayers engaged in a trade or business. Thus, rental income recipients making payments of $600 or more to a service provider in the course of earning rental income are required to provide an information return (typically, Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income) to the IRS and to the service provider. This provision will apply to payments made after Dec. 31, 2010, and will cover, for example, payments made to plumbers, painters or accountants in the course of earning the rental income. While rental property owners will not actually issue the required 1099s until early 2012, they need to start keeping adequate records of payments starting Jan. 1, 2011, so they will be prepared to issue correct 1099s. They will also need to obtain the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the service provider, using Form W-9 or a similar form.
Date: January 11, 2012

Calaveras County, California, Code of Ordinances

8.12.120 – Responsibility of owner or tenant. A. The owner or occupant of any premises, business establishment or industry shall be responsible for the satisfactory removal of all solid waste accumulated on the property premises. To prevent propagation, harborage, or attraction of flies, rodents or other vectors and the creation of nuisances, solid waste, except for inert materials, shall not be allowed to remain on the premises for more than seven days. B. Where it is deemed necessary by the local enforcement agency because of the propagation of vectors and for the protection of public health, more frequent removal of solid waste shall be required. (Ord. 2817 § 1(part), 2004).
Date: January 11, 2012

Modesto Crime Free Multi-Housing ProgramA

Program for Single-Family Rentals Increasingly, crime problems migrate from apartment communities to single family home rentals. This is especially true for organized crime, marijuana growers, methamphetamine labs, drug sales, and gang activity. These crimes prefer the privacy, extra storage, and absence of daily onsite property management. Blight and increased foot and vehicle traffic often accompanies this type of activity. This often results in neighborhood discord and increased instances of neighbor disputes. Private landlords of these properties soon find that the problems associated with serious criminal activity are beyond their ability to control. These problems cannot be solved by law enforcement intervention alone because of landlord-tenant and privacy laws. The best approach to solving these problems requires a community-based solution like the Crime Free Rental Housing Program. Certification requirements are the same as the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. Call the Crime Free office to get started (209) 572-9636
Date: January 11, 2012

Mariposa LAFCo

Mariposa County has few independent special districts affected by LAFCO. The independent districts are J. C. Fremont Hospital, Lake Don Pedro Community Services District, Mariposa Public Utility District, and Yosemite Alpine Village Community Services District. A number of the dependent sewer and water districts managed by the County of Mariposa Board of Supervisors are also subject to LAFCO. Improvement districts of Countywide Service Area #1 and zones of benefit are not subject to LAFCO review. What Is LAFCo? The Local Agency Formation Commission, also known as “LAFCO”, is a regulatory agency with county-wide jurisdiction, established by state law to discourage urban sprawl and encourage orderly and efficient provision of services, such as water, sewer, and fire protection. The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 governs the operation of LAFCO. Mariposa County LAFCO is an independent, state-mandated agency and is not a County department.
Date: January 11, 2012

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