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Steven Battaglia presents to California Probate Referees Association

By Steven R. Battaglia | Published Date: October 7, 2019

Steven shared information about new laws affecting the housing industry in California. Links relevant to that presentation: Battaglia Presentation AB 1482: 2019 Rent Control & Just Cause Eviction SB 329: 2019 Mandatory Section 8 BISNOW Article: Cap Rates Are Already Rising In Markets With New Rent Control Laws

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Here’s how California’s rent control law would work

By Jenna Chandler | Published Date: September 25, 2019

Within the next few weeks, the governor is expected to enact rent control in California by signing Assembly Bill 1482. That means the state would begin to regulate how much your rent can increase every year, limiting it to 5 percent, plus the local rate of inflation. Once signed, the measure would take effect January […]

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Proposed bill sets limit on rent increases, changes eviction rules

By Melissa Newman | Published Date: July 2, 2019

A new bill making its way through the California state legislature would put a cap on rent increases and add new provisions for evicting residents. Lawmakers see this as a step toward helping the housing crisis, while opponents of the bill say it may have the opposite effect. (Includes interview of Steven Battaglia) Full article…

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Landlords win, renters take a hit. Just one tenant protection bill survives in California Assembly

By Hannah Wiley | Published Date: May 30, 2019

Landlords and realtor groups earned a win in the California Capitol this week after lawmakers shelved a bill to restrict evictions and amended another to limit caps on rent. The Assembly adjourned on Thursday without taking up Assembly Bill 1481, which would have established a “just cause” eviction law in California, prohibiting landlords from evicting […]

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SBAOR President’s Message: City Council Advances Eviction Control

By Thomas C. Schultheis | Published Date: April 23, 2019

…On Tuesday, April 16th, after hours of testimony, the Santa Barbara City Council rejected two years’ worth of negotiations and compromise conducted by the council-appointed Landlord/Tenant task force, which cost approximately $30,000. The Council voted 6-1 to approve the creation of an eviction control ordinance, commonly known as “Just Cause”. Council-member Rowse seemed to be […]

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Santa Barbara City Council Moves Ahead on ‘Just Cause’ Eviction Ordinance

By Joshua Molina | Published Date: April 16, 2019

The Santa Barbara City Council voted Tuesday night to require landlords to provide one-year leases to tenants — and took a huge step toward approving a “just cause” eviction ordinance. … A Just Cause eviction ordinance would prohibit evictions except in cases where a tenant has failed to pay rent or otherwise violated the terms […]

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1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges

By Steven R. Battaglia | Published Date: May 27, 2016

By Steven R. Battaglia, May 2016 his article first appeared in the “Ask an Expert” column of the Santa Barbara Rental Property Association‘s newsletter, May 2016. Question: How can I defer paying capitals gains tax if I sell my commercial property? Answer: The sale of a commercial property can create significant tax ramifications that must […]

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