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RISING INTEREST RATES COULD AFFECT RENTERS
Past low interest rates allowed many former tenants to buy a home with low payments.
That is changing. As interest rates rise, more and more potential home buyers
will be prevented from buying because of higher monthly payments.
This increases the monthly payment gap between renting and buying making
renting much more affordable. If that forces more people into the rental market,
then rents will rise as the demand rises. See the article in the UT 
  Also, Landlords are mindful that the minimum wage in the
City of San Diego increases on January 1, 2019,
providing more income to afford the higher rents. 
See the Office of the City Treasurer

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RESCIND THE
ORDINANCE TO LIMIT  Airbnb
RENTALS
The San Diego City Council had passed an ordinance in July 2018 to limit Airbnb
rentals appeasing homeowner neighborhoods and limiting the impact of Airbnb.
Airbnb disagreed.  Then, on October 22, 2018, the same City Council
changed their mind and rescinded that ordinance.
See  News and News  

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL APPROVES
ANTIDISCRIMINATION ORDINANCE
On 7/31/18, the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance
prohibiting discrimination against tenants based on the source
of their income including receiving Section 8 housing assistance.
The ordinance provides penalties for violations which include three times the
rent plus punitive damages plus attorneys fees.

DIVISION 8, SECTIONS 98.0801, 98.0802, 98.0803, 98.0804,
98.0805, AND 98.0806

SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO
LIMIT  Airbnb
RENTALS
In July, 2018 The San Diego City Council voted to limit Airbnb
rentals to Primary Residences.  It also imposed other fees and restrictions
on these rentals.  See the
article in the UT

SAN DIEGO RENTS CONTINUE TO CLIMB IN 2018
The already high apartment rents in San Diego are expected to continue to climb 10 percent
over the next few years, according to a forecast report. The average monthly rental payment in
San Diego County should increase to $1,577 in 2018, up 10.9 percent from 2015, according to
the USC Casden Multifamily Forecast. Los Angeles County average rent is expected to grow
8.3% in the same time period to $1,416 a month.  The forecasts, completed by Beacon
Economics and USC's Lusk Center for Real Estate, are based on the amount
of new construction compared to population and job growth.    see  news from FOX 5

ROOMMATES
Roommate living increasing in San Diego
as rents keep outpacing incomes. 
See the article in the UT

CALMATTERS
Californians: Here's why your housing costs are so high

SAN DIEGO HOUSING COMMISSION PROGRAM
 TO HELP PREVENT EVICTIONS

The San Diego-based nonprofit Community HousingWork�s prevention
program has worked with 204 renter households to stop them from
 getting kicked out of their apartments in about the last four years. 
Starting as a pilot program for a handful of properties,
the nonprofit recently decided to expand the eviction prevention
program to all its properties, which include
roughly 3,000 apartments in San Diego County.
See the article in the UT 
and also see the
Community Housing Works Rental Housing Stability Program

COURT BUDGET FORCES CLOSURE OF COURTROOMS-
NORTH COUNTY EVICTION AND SMALL CLAIMS CASES
SET TO BE HEARD IN DOWNTOWN
Budget limitations will impact landlords and tenants in seeking protection
and legal process through the courts  See the
article in the UT

NEW ANTI DISCRIMINATION BILL BEING CONSIDERED
AB 291 
if passed, would create new protections against discrimination
based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant or occupant
of residential real property

SHORT TERM "VACATION" RENTAL ISSUES
The Del Mar City Council on Monday, April 17 2017, declared short-term rentals
to not be an allowable use in nearly every residential area of the city.
On June 18, 2017, the Del Mar City Council nstructed city staff to work up language on
prohibiting homeowners from renting out their home in fewer than seven-day
increments for a total not-to-exceed 28 days in a calendar year.

SHORT TERM "VACATION" RENTAL ISSUES
Solana Beach is the latest California town to strike a deal with online
vacation rental giant Airbnb allowing the company to automatically collect
transient occupancy taxes from local bookings and forward that money to the city.

Airbnb has similar contracts with about 17 counties and cities in the state, including
San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Desert and San Jose.

SHORT TERM "VACATION" RENTAL ISSUES
STILL NOT ADDRESSED BY CITY OF SAN DIEGO
On March 15, 2017, San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott issued a MEMO stating that
short term vacation rentals are not permitted in the City of San Diego. (Also, see the
article in the UT. and see here.)  Regardless of this MEMO, the Mayor's office
will not immediately step up enforcement of these rentals.  It will instead wait "for the City Council
to approve a slate of rules for both whole-home and home-sharing operations."  A committee
charged with sorting out the situation could not agree on a comprehensive solution to the
issue leaving it up the the City Council to act.

CITY INCREASES "FALSE ALARM" FINES FOR
HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS
On 4/10/17, the City dramatically increased fines for home security system false alarms.
No more free passes. Now it is $100 penalty for the 1st one, $200 for the 2nd one
and up through $500 for the 5th one in a year. If you are renting a home with an alarm system,
make sure you know how to use it and be extra careful about false alarms.
Landlords will expect you to pay those fines.

PROPOSED BILL TO REPEAL THE COSTA HAWKINS ACT PUT ON "HOLD"
AB 1506 was introduced which would repeal a law passed in 1995
called the
Costa Hawkins ActThose laws placed limits on what cities
could impose with Rent Control laws meaning that Rent Control could be expanded.
That bill has now been put on hold with no vote expected this year.
The UT published an editorial opinion discussing how Rent Control
is not an answer to the housing crisis.

RENTS UP BUT NOT BY MUCH
Rents have been rising in San Diego.  Lately, they have gone up an average of 8 percent yearly.
Since 2002, the overall rent increase average was 4 percent per year.
A recent report by MarketPointe Realty Advisors released in in March 2017, says that
rents rose again but only slightly. The average rent went up to $1,748.00 which reflected an
increase of only $5.00/month (0.29 percent). Slowing rent increases, although perhaps
only temporary, is still good news for tenants.  See the article in the UT

REPORT CLAIMS SAN DIEGO IS LOSING MANY AFFORDABLE UNITS
According to a report released in March 2017 by the California Housing Partnership
Corporation, San Diego County lost 3,588 federal- and state-subsidized housing units
between 1995 and 2016.  This is an average of losing more than three affordable rentals
per week. That left 32,807 affordable housing units countywide, See the
article in the UT

ADVANCES IN GETTING RID OF COCKROACHES
 A team of researchers recently published findings in "The Journal of Allergy and
Clinical Immunology" on the effectiveness of containerized and gel baits for eliminating
cockroach infestations.  This is important since it avoids the use of sprays and poison
gas "Bombs" which can be hazardous to human and pet health. 
This is especially important and helpful to those affected with any respiratory problems.

RENTS ARE CLIMBING MORE AT THE LOWER LEVELS
Lower rent units are seeing greater rent increases than middle or
higher level of rentals. see the article in the UT


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