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providers and impose other housing regulations.
• Assembly Bill 838 (Friedman): State Housing Law - This bill would have imposed inspection and investigation requirements on local jurisdictions for any reported lead contamination or substandard housing conditions
Going Into Next Year: Legislative Planning for 2022
The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles’ state affiliate, the California Rental Housing Association, has conducted its survey on legislative priorities and is developing its agenda for 2022. We encourage all members to participate this fall as we lay the groundwork for another successful legislative session.
The Assembly Housing Working Group is finalizing its listening tour and participating in a conference with the Housing Building Alliance on October 21-22, 2021, during which representatives on behalf of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles will be in attendance representing the interests of its members. .
We are also awaiting the decision on an Assembly Housing Chairperson since Chair Chiu left to become the new San Francisco City Attorney. Several names have been floated and we will let you know when the Speaker makes the appointment.
Rental Assistance Update
Rental assistance was a top priority for the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and its statewide affiliates during 2021 and we worked hard with the Legislature, as well as the Governor’s office, to establish the program and ensure that 100% of rent was covered. We have regular meetings with the Department of Housing and Community Development, which has been helpful to members in approving rental relief applications and is attending meetings with us, including the California Rental Housing Association’s Board of Directors meeting in October. As of October 12th, the state has distributed approximately $815.5 million in rental relief funds out of the nearly $4.2 billion requested. Now that the state’s eviction moratorium has expired, as of September 30, 2021, eviction protections have changed in the state. For more information, please visit the “Housing is Key” website at www.housing.ca.gov.
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