Receive news, updates and special deals by Joining AOA's Online Newsletter. Click now to sign up!

Archive for June, 2020

Statewide Rent and Eviction Control Laws … and Exceptions By-David Finkelstein

Posted on 01. Jun, 2020 by .

0

The California legislature recently:  1) enacted its first ever statewide rent increase cap; and 2) now requires landlords to provide “just cause” for evictions.  AB 1482 – The “Tenant Protection Act of 2019” became effective January 1, 2020 and remains in effect until at least January 1, 2030.  It impacts at least 8 million renters […]

Continue Reading

Think Statewide Rent Control is a Bad Idea? Look What Ocasio-Cortez Is Proposing – By Brian Wallace, SPOSFI member

Posted on 01. Feb, 2020 by .

0

You know how we’re always having to explain San Francisco’s rent control to out-of-state visitors? Well, if New York’s Congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (“AOC”) has her way, we won’t have to do that anymore, because every state in the nation will have rent control. The Congresswoman’s ambitious, anti-poverty bill, “A Just Society,” aims, in her […]

Continue Reading

Coming Next Month – The FREE “Million Dollar” Trade Show and Landlording Conference! and California Rent Control: Lawmakers Have Not Learned Their Lesson

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 by .

0

The Big Show You’ll want to mark your calendars for the FREE “Million Dollar Trade Show and Landlording Conference” next month where we’ll be giving away an iPad and 5-day cruises.  The show will be held on Thursday, September 12th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in West Hall A, 1201 N. Figueroa!

Continue Reading

California Rent Control: Lawmakers Have Not Learned Their Lesson! by – Ethan Blevins

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 by .

0

Economist Thomas Sowell once quipped, “The first lesson of economics is scarcity” and “the first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

Continue Reading

Concord Rent Control Update Contributed by – Elena Lieberman, CCRM

Posted on 01. Aug, 2019 by .

0

Here is an update on last month’s Concord City Council meeting regarding city recommendations: Just Cause Defeated!

Continue Reading

How Rent Control Drives Out Affordable Housing – Part IV by – William Tucker

Posted on 01. Oct, 2018 by .

0

ent Control and Vacancy Rates There can be no doubt that rent control creates housing shortages.  For almost 20 years, national vacancy rates have been at or above seven percent – a figure generally considered normal.  Cities such as Dallas, Houston and Phoenix, where development is welcomed, have often had vacancy rates above 15 percent.  […]

Continue Reading

How Rent Control Drives Out Affordable Housing – Part III By William Tucker

Posted on 01. Sep, 2018 by .

0

Few Low-Rent Units with Rent Control The concept of shadow markets offers a reasonable explanation of why the results of rent controls are so perverse and why they lead to a sense of helplessness and panic in a rent-controlled population. Although rent controls are widely believed to lower rents, data I have collected from eighteen […]

Continue Reading

Rent Control: A Cautionary Tale by – Dean Sherry, President of Duke Property Management

Posted on 01. Sep, 2018 by .

0

[AOA:  The following will not happen to you when we defeat Proposition 10!]  One afternoon, a few years ago, I received a call from a guy inquiring about my company’s property management services. His said his name was Will Wright (name changed for privacy reasons) and that he owned a fourplex in Santa Monica, CA […]

Continue Reading

Statewide Initiative Repeals Rent Control Protections of the Costa Hawkins Fair Housing Act of 1995

Posted on 01. Sep, 2018 by .

0

Below are open letters from Attorney Michael Millman opposing the Affordable Housing Act. Dear Mayor Garcetti: I’m certain that when you served on the City Council and chaired the Council Housing Committee, you always made certain that important housing legislation was thoroughly examined, reviewed and evaluated by not only tenant rights representatives, but also several […]

Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor… The Evils of Rent Control and “Just Cause” Evictions

Posted on 01. Aug, 2018 by .

0

The below open letter was sent to Mayor Garcetti and City Council members. OPPOSE Ballot Measure Affordable Housing Act!  Dear Friends: I believe there’s a great deal of misinformation pertaining to our Rent Stabilization Ordinance (FSO) and the impact of the repeal of the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Fair Housing Act.  We should all meet. Let’s start […]

Continue Reading

Rent Control Report Post Costa-Hawkins Repeal – November 2018 – by Michael Millman, Esq.

Posted on 01. Aug, 2018 by .

0

In January 2018, Assembly person Richard Bloom’s AB 1506 was challenged and defeated in the Assembly Housing Committee.  If successful, it would have automatically eliminated and repealed the protections for small apartment owners afforded by the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Fair Housing Act. After the defeat, tenant activists, eviction attorneys, the Statewide Tenant Union, Tenants Together and […]

Continue Reading

None of Our Politicians Has the Courage to Do the Right Thing for Owners and Renters – By Noni Richen

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 by .

0

In what must have been one of the low points of her day, a young woman recently knocked on my door to tell me that she was from the San Francisco Tenants Union and wanted to invite me to a “Town Hall” to listen to Dean Preston, a supervisorial candidate talk to tenants about how […]

Continue Reading

BASTA – A Year Later – By Grayce Long, Attorney

Posted on 01. Nov, 2016 by .

0

The bad news for landlords is that BASTA is still going strong and appears to be growing.  Recently, I was in the Downtown L.A. courthouse in Department 94, where all evictions are heard.  There was a calendar of 54 unlawful detainer cases and of those 54 cases, BASTA represented 15 of the defendants.   That means […]

Continue Reading

San Jose City Council Votes to Strengthen its Rent Ordinance – By Gideon Kramer, SPOSFI News Editor

Posted on 01. Jul, 2016 by .

0

Local rent control or “rent stabilization” ordinances have been in effect for decades in some of the nation’s largest cities, including New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Newark, Oakland, San Jose, and of course, San Francisco. Some versions of rent control are far more reasonable than others.

Continue Reading

Legal Questions and Answers – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

0

Question One: I own a rent controlled building in the City of Los Angeles. I have a tenant that signed a one-year lease and currently is on a month to month tenancy. When the tenancy was initiated, he never paid the security deposit. He promised he would pay me after the first month, but that […]

Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor…

Posted on 01. Feb, 2016 by .

0

The End of Rent Control:  The Epiphany in Silicon Valley – By George Drysdale Mostly because of Prop 13, rent controls got stuck in California.  The financial and moral damage to the state has been enormous.  This is best evidenced in the San Francisco Bay Area (now almost all part of Silicon Valley).  Because of […]

Continue Reading

Legal Q & A – by Dennis Block, Attorney

Posted on 01. Jul, 2015 by .

0

Question One: I have a tenant in Los Angeles, under rent control, who is a hoarder. She has stacks of boxes, newspapers, clothing and other items throughout her unit. Some of the rooms are so filled with items, that the room literally cannot be accessed. I have previously written to her demanding that this must […]

Continue Reading