Finding a Great Tenant in 2023: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t

How has tenant screening in California changed in 2023? For starters, the maximum allowable rental application fee that a housing provider can charge is now up to $59.67, thanks to inflation related to the CPI.  The mystery shoppers are back out on the job, looking for landlords who might discriminate against applicants with Section 8…

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California Rent Relief is Still Available for Thousands of Tenants Who Were Denied COVID Assistance By CalMatters

More than 100,000 California tenants whose applications for COVID-era rental assistance were denied or delayed by the state’s housing department will get another shot at relief, thanks to a new legal settlement between the state and a coalition of anti-poverty and tenant rights groups. More aid isn’t guaranteed. But under the terms of the settlement signed at the…

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IN THE NEWS: Alhambra City Council Approves Tenant Protection Ordinances

On May 22, 2023, the Alhambra City Council approved “Tenant Protection Ordinances.” Both an urgency ordinance and the first reading of a non-urgency ordinance imposing a temporary moratorium on no fault, substantial remodel evictions for certain residential tenancies in Alhambra were approved. The ordinances passed with a 5-0 vote to approve after robust public comment…

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Multifamily Fundamentals Strong But Mild Recession Predicted By John Triplett, Rental Housing Journal

Multifamily fundamentals have been holding up better than expected through the first quarter, but there is still a looming mild recession expected later this year, Yardi Matrix experts explained in a recent Multifamily National Outlook For Spring 2023 webinar. “Things are quite a bit more nuanced and more variables in play than there have been as we go…

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Evicted Tenant Charged With Arson in Apartment Building Fire By Patricia A Harris

  According to reports, Portland police have charged an evicted tenant with felony arson, criminal mischief and misdemeanor reckless endangerment in a fire that destroyed an apartment building.   The Tenant 30-year old Garret Repp of Portland, had trouble written all over him. Some described him as psychotic while residents of the building reported that…

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Big Problems for California’s Income-Based Utility Rates and Will Proposition 13 Save San Francisco? By Jon Coupal, President of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

In a recent column, I referred to SBX1-2, a dangerous legislative proposal, to define “excessive profits,” as setting a new speed record in California’s headlong rush toward Soviet-style central planning. Well, let’s add one more bad bill to the state’s perpetual march toward a collectivist state. Fortunately, this one may not be legal for long.…

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What’s Happening With Southern California’s Housing Market? By Lloyd Segal, President of the Los Angeles County Real Estate Investors Association

This article contains excerpts from Monday Morning Quarterback, May 8, 2023   L.A. City Council Approves Aggressive Plans for More Housing The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 [in May] to approve new development plans allowing up to 135,000 new homes in Hollywood and downtown L.A. over the next two decades. Lawmakers cheered the passage…

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