Log in

California Self Storage Association

Legislative Initiatives   Legislation & Legal

Favorable Self Storage Legislation is a Top Priority for CSSA

 Although CSSA is known for its well-organized conferences, top-notch speakers, great networking events, and member benefits - one of CSSA's top priorities is helping to represent you in Sacramento. Working to create favorable self storage legislation is a serious undertaking for the association.

Whether the issue is lien laws, taxes on self storage facilities or any other aspect of self storage that has a profound effect on the industry, the CSSA is ready to step up to the plate. With great assistance from the national Self Storage Association (SSA), the CSSA has, over the years, been able to bring about positive results. And with guidance from self storage legal expert Carlos Kaslow, the CSSA is always moving forward to improve life for owner/operators.

The CSSA is the only not-for-profit group on the ground looking out for the interest of the self storage community in the state of California. With that in mind, we are constantly seeking out new ways to bring about positive results and legislative changes for the benefit of our members.

<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 
  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 11:03 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CEA Logo

    Oct. 8, 2020

          3 New Covid-Related Bills                  Employers Need to Know About




    California State Capitol

    Previous Governors have waited until the last minute before knowing what new legislation we would have for the coming year. That's not the case this year! On September 17, Governor Newsom signed 3 bills (1 went into effect immediately!). Here's what you need to know.

     

    Read more >>


  • Thursday, October 01, 2020 11:11 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)
    California Employers Association     

    Call Us: 800-399-5331

    3 New Bills Employers Need to Know About

    Posted by: Kim Gusman, President & CEO on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

    Previous Governors have waited until the last minute before knowing what new legislation we would have for the coming year. That's not the case this year. On September 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed one bill which went into effect immediately and two other bills which will significantly impact California employers in 2021. Here's what you need to know.

    SB 1159 — COVID-19 Outbreaks at Work — Effective Now!

    Senate Bill 1159 was signed on September 17, 2020 and immediately went into effect. This bill is retroactive back to July 6, 2020. SB 1159 applies to all workers in California and expands workers' compensation access to front line workers, and employees exposed to COVID-19 during a workplace "outbreak."

    Police officers, firefighters, and health care workers — including janitors in contact with COVID-19 patients — are eligible if they get infected while on the job. All other workers are eligible for WC if their workplace experiences an "outbreak."

    An "outbreak" is defined as:

    • Four or more infected employees who work at the same location within a two-week period, for employers with 5 to 100 employees.
    • At least 4% of employees working in the same location being infected in a two-week period, for employers with more than 100 employees.

    The rules for first responders and health care workers are permanent. While the rules for all other employees are effective through January 1, 2023. (Yes, 2023!)

    Bottom Line for Employers: When there is a 14-day workplace outbreak, there is also a rebuttable presumption that employees who test positive were infected at work. Employees do not have to prove they were infected on the job to get benefits. In order to deny coverage, an employer must prove their employees did not get the virus while on the job.

    AB 685 — One-Day Workplace Notifications re: COVID-19

    Effective January 1, 2021, Assembly Bill 685 requires employers to notify employees of potential COVID-19 exposures in a timely manner. Under AB 685, once an employer learns that an employee or a subcontractor's employee has tested positive for COVID-19 (or been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days), they must provide written notice within one business day to other employees who worked at the same job site. The notice must contain information about what COVID-19 related benefits the employee is entitled to under federal, state, and local laws, and the employer's disinfection and safety plan. Employers are required to keep a copy of all notices provided to employees for three years. Finally, AB 685 requires employers to notify local public health agency officials within 48 hours that an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

    Bottom Line for Employers: Written notices are due to employees within one business day after you are notified that an employee contracted COVID-19, and records must be retained for three years. Public health agencies must be notified of a COVID-19 case within 48 hours.

    SB 1383 — Expands CFRA to Employers with 5 or More Employees

    Effective January 1, 2021, Senate Bill 1383 expands the California Family Rights Act's (CFRA) leave protections to more employees. SB1383 requires employers to provide 12 weeks of CFRA leave to all employees who provide reasonable notice and a qualifying reason for leave. Employees will still need to meet eligibility requirements, including 12 months of service and 1,250 hours worked for the employer in the previous 12-month period, to qualify for family and medical leave. However, SB 1383 contains many significant changes:

    1. Small employer alert! Previously, the CFRA applied to employers with 50 or more employees. Now, it applies to all employers with 5 or more employees.
    2. Expands the definition of family member. Previously, leave to care for a family member was limited to an employee's child, parent, spouse, or domestic partner. Now, an employee can also obtain CFRA leave to care for a grandparent, grandchild, or sibling.
    3. Both parents get CRFA. Previously, employers who employed both parents of a child were permitted to grant a combined total of 12 weeks of leave. The new law requires an employer to grant up to 12 weeks of leave to each employee.
    4. Qualifying exigency. SB 1383 requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid job-protected leave during any 12-month period due to a qualifying exigency related to the covered active duty or call to covered active duty of an employee's spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent in the Armed Forces of the United States.
    5. Removes the "key employee" exception to reinstatement. SB 1383 no longer permits employers to refuse reinstatement of "key employees" under qualifying circumstances.
    6. Revokes the New Parent Leave Law (NPL) which provided 12 weeks of job-protected leave for employees to bond with a new child. NPL currently applies to employers with 20-49 employees and will expire on January 1, 2021.

    Bottom Line for Employers: Update your 2021 Employee Handbook regarding the new CFRA rights if you have 5 or more employees. If you have 50 or more employees and are covered by the federal Family Medical Leave Act, ensure you know the difference for eligibility and how they may impact your workforce.


  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:15 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    News Release

    September 29, 2020

    For Immediate Release
    (916) 210-6000
    agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov



    Attorney General Becerra Issues Consumer Alert on Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declarations in Del Norte, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Shasta, and Sonoma Counties

    SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency for the counties of Napa, Shasta, and Sonoma due to fires. Additionally, on September 25, the Governor declared a state of emergency for the counties of Del Norte, Los Angeles and Mendocino due to various fires which have burned thousands of acres, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of residents. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396.

    “Multiple fires burning throughout the state have forced evacuations for thousands of California residents. During this difficult time, they shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’re being illegally cheated out of fair prices,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essential supplies. I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint with our office online at oag.ca.gov/report, or to contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.”

    California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Exceptions to this prohibition exist if, for example, the price of labor, goods, or materials has increased for the business.

    Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. The Attorney General and local district attorneys can enforce the statute.

    # # #

    You may view the full account of this posting, including possible attachments, in the News & Alerts section of our website at: https://oag.ca.gov/news/press-releases/attorney-general-becerra-issues-consumer-alert-price-gouging-following-state-17

    You may view all News & Alerts on our website at: https://oag.ca.gov/news

    Please visit the remainder of the Attorney General's site at: https://oag.ca.gov/



  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:59 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    in partnership with        

    To all Self Storage Owners/Operators in California –

    California is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, and yet another threat is on the horizon for consumers. PROP 15 on the November ballot will be the largest property tax increase in state history at $11.5 billion per year.

    Prop 15’s higher property taxes will cause the cost of living to increase for all Californians as businesses face higher operating costs. The result is consumers and businesses can expect to pay more for everything from their storage unit to their groceries.

    That is why small businesses, farmers, social justice organizations, and taxpayer advocates across California oppose this massive tax increase.

    Why should everyone be concerned about PROP 15?

    • Threatens jobs An estimated 120,000 private-sector jobs will be lost during a time of record unemployment.
    • Raises prices for consumers  Higher taxes on businesses will ultimately get passed on to consumers in the form of increased costs on just about everything people buy and use, including storage units, groceries, fuel, utilities, day care and health care.
    • Hurts small businesses  PROP 15 does nothing to prevent higher property taxes from being passed to small business tenants through higher rents.

    What can you do to help defeat this this proposition?

    1. Educate yourself on the proposition and the arguments why people should vote NO ON PROP 15

    2. Spread the word to your tenants, employees, neighbors, and friends

    We will be supplying you with a letter written for self storage tenants 

    Or you can modify and use this one: Self Storage Tenant letter

      o  Or modify and use this one: NO ON PROP 15 - tenant letter- Option 2

    3. Donate to help NO ON PROP 15 coalition spread the word in the media

    Watch the NO ON PROP 15 ads: "Barbershop Closed"  and "Wrong Time"

    NO ON PROP 15 coalition has been working hard to defeat this proposition. We need your help to provide the grass roots education campaign. Thank you for your participation.                                                     

    Ross Hutchings, CAE                                    Tim Dietz, CAE                                                   CSSA Executive Director                               SSA President & CEO


  • Monday, September 21, 2020 5:45 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

                 in partnership with     

    TO ALL CALIFORNIA SELF STORAGE BUSINESSES_

    We need your help to get the word out about PROP 15 (also called Split Roll)

    This is the proposition that attempts to split commercial property tax from residential (from the original Prop 13).

    (See information below)

    NO ON PROP 15 TOWN HALL

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 – 11:30am

    Featuring Tino Rossi (of the NO ON PROP 15) to explain the proposition, answer your questions, and tell you how we can work together to defeat this

    No on Prop 15 TOWN HALL Discussion: California Self Storage Association

    When

    Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:30am – 12:30pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles

    Where

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679056977 (map)

    Calendar

    ross@californiaselfstorage.org

    Who

    tino@meridianhq.com - organizer

    ross@californiaselfstorage.org

    more details »

    Tino Rossi is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83679056977

    Meeting ID: 836 7905 6977
    One tap mobile
    +16699006833,,83679056977# US (San Jose)
    +13462487799,,83679056977# US (Houston)

    Dial by your location
            +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
            +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
            +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
            +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
            +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
            +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    Meeting ID: 836 7905 6977
    Find your local number:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb7PjfG2O2


  • Friday, September 11, 2020 11:42 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General Xavier Becerra

    News Release

    September 11, 2020

    For Immediate Release
    (916) 210-6000
    agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

    Social Networks

    Visit the California Attorney General's Facebook

    Follow the Attorney General on Twitter

    Visit the Attorney General's YouTube Channel

    Print Version

    Attorney General Becerra Issues Consumer Alert on Price Gouging Following State of Emergency Declaration in Siskiyou County

    SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a consumer alert following the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency for the County of Siskiyou due to fires. The fires have burned over 120,000 acres, destroyed homes and other structures, and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. Attorney General Becerra reminds all Californians that price gouging during a state of emergency is illegal under Penal Code Section 396.

    “Families in Siskiyou County are in the midst of dealing with multiple devastating wildfires, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. They shouldn’t have to worry about whether they’re being illegally cheated out of fair prices,” said Attorney General Becerra. “Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on housing, gas, food, and other essential supplies. I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint with our office online at oag.ca.gov/report, or to contact their local police department or sheriff’s office.”

    California law generally prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency. This law applies to those who sell food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials, and gasoline. The law also applies to repair or reconstruction services, emergency cleanup services, transportation, freight and storage services, hotel accommodations, and rental housing. Exceptions to this prohibition exist if, for example, the price of labor, goods, or materials has increased for the business.

    Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in a one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violators are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation, injunctive relief, and mandatory restitution. The Attorney General and local district attorneys can enforce the statute.


  • Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:14 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    In today's session of the Self Storage Association's virtual Fall 2020 Conference, one of the concurrent sessions featured Rob Lapsley, CEO of CA Business Roundtable discussing the coalition's strategy to defeat Proposition 15 (split roll). 

    View this session on Vimeo: 

    https://vimeo.com/455870523/049492bf49


  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 3:34 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    NOTE: At this time, we do not believe this tenant eviction protection order does not extend to self storage rents. However, this does not preclude the fact that local municipalities (cities and counties) form passing their own ordinances, which may be more restrictive. We encourage you to consult your attorney. 

    ALSO: CSSA bill (AB 3364) to clean up sun-setting language in the self storage lien law has been passed and signed by the governor.

    Office of the Governor

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Contact: Governor's Press Office

    Monday, August 31, 2020

    (916) 445-4571

    Governor Newsom Signs Statewide COVID-19 Tenant and Landlord Protection Legislation

    New law includes targeted protections for tenants to shield them from evictions due to COVID-19-related back rent through February 1, 2021 

    Extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords

    SACRAMENTO -- Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that he has signed legislation to protect millions of tenants from eviction and property owners from foreclosure due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. These protections apply to tenants who declare an inability to pay all or part of the rent due to a COVID-related reason.

    “COVID-19 has impacted everyone in California – but some bear much more of the burden than others, especially tenants struggling to stitch together the monthly rent, and they deserve protection from eviction,” said Governor Newsom. “This new law protects tenants from eviction for non-payment of rent and helps keep homeowners out of foreclosure as a result of economic hardship caused by this terrible pandemic. California is stepping up to protect those most at-risk because of COVID-related nonpayment, but it’s just a bridge to a more permanent solution once the federal government finally recognizes its role in stabilizing the housing market. We need a real, federal commitment of significant new funding to assist struggling tenants and homeowners in California and across the nation.”

    On Friday, the Governor, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced an agreement on the legislation, AB 3088, co-authored by Assemblymembers David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) and Senators Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) and Anna Caballero (D-Salinas).

    Under the legislation, no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021 as a result of rent owed due to a COVID-19 related hardship accrued between March 4 – August 31, 2020, if the tenant provides a declaration of hardship according to the legislation's timelines. For a COVID-19 related hardship that accrues between September 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021, tenants must also pay at least 25 percent of the rent due to avoid eviction.

    Tenants are still responsible for paying unpaid amounts to landlords, but those unpaid amounts cannot be the basis for an eviction. Landlords may begin to recover this debt on March 1, 2021, and small claims court jurisdiction is temporarily expanded to allow landlords to recover these amounts. Landlords who do not follow the court evictions process will face increased penalties under the Act.

    The legislation also extends anti-foreclosure protections in the Homeowner Bill of Rights to small landlords; provides new accountability and transparency provisions to protect small landlord borrowers who request CARES-compliant forbearance; and provides the borrower who is harmed by a material violation with a cause of action.

    Additional legal and financial protections for tenants include:

    ·         Extending the notice period for nonpayment of rent from 3 to 15 days to provide tenant additional time to respond to landlord’s notice to pay rent or quit. 

    ·         Requiring landlords to provide hardship declaration forms in a different language if rental agreement was negotiated in a different language.

    ·         Providing tenants a backstop if they have a good reason for failing to return the hardship declaration within 15 days.

    ·         Requiring landlords to provide tenants a notice detailing their rights under the Act.

    ·         Limiting public disclosure of eviction cases involving nonpayment of rent between March 4, 2020 – January 31, 2021.

    ·         Protecting tenants against being evicted for “just cause” if the landlord is shown to be really evicting the tenant for COVID-19-related nonpayment of rent.

    Existing local ordinances can generally remain in place until they expire and future local action cannot undermine this Act’s framework. Nothing in the legislation affects a local jurisdiction’s ability to adopt an ordinance that requires just cause, provided it does not affect rental payments before January 31, 2021.

    The legislation builds on the state’s strongest-in-the-nation rent cap and eviction protections passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor last year. The Governor also signed major legislation last year to boost housing production, remove barriers to construction of accessory dwelling units and create an ongoing source of funding for borrower relief and legal aid to vulnerable homeowners and renters. Last year’s budget made a historic $1.75 billion investment in new housing and created major incentives – both sticks and carrots – to incentivize cities to approve new home construction. In the first weeks of his administration, Governor Newsom signed an executive order that created an inventory of all excess state land and has launched partnerships with California cities to develop affordable housing on that land. This year, the Governor prioritized $550 million in federal stimulus funding to purchase and rehabilitate thousands of motels around the state for use as permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness and provided an additional $350 million in general fund support to California’s cities and counties for homeless services and housing.

    Local leaders and advocates welcomed the signing of the Act:

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti: "No one should lose their home due to this public health crisis -- and while cities like Los Angeles have strong tenant protections in place, there is no substitute for a clear, statewide framework that keeps hard-hit Californians under a roof. With the state legislature's action and Governor Newsom's signature, tenants and landlords can rest easier tonight, but the fight continues for every dollar in federal assistance to help struggling families survive the choppy waters of COVID-19 and navigate the economic destruction left in its wake." 

    Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg: “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated low-income families across the state and right here in the City of Sacramento. The eviction protections signed into law today will protect some of the most vulnerable – those who have lost income or suffered other unimaginable hardships in these past few months -- from falling into homelessness. I appreciate the work of the Legislature and the Governor to provide this meaningful relief.”

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed: “Protecting people from eviction has been critical from Day One of the COVID crisis, when it became clear that this pandemic was going to threaten our residents and our economies like nothing we have ever seen. People are living in fear of losing their homes because they have lost their jobs, seen their wages cut, or have been forced to close their businesses. I want to thank Governor Newsom for working with our Legislative leaders to pass AB 3088, especially our own Assemblymember David Chiu who has been an early and tireless fighter for tenants on this issue.”

    UC, Berkeley Terner Center Faculty Director Carol Galante: “California is taking a big step forward today to protect the most vulnerable tenants at this moment of acute crisis. As our research has shown, more than one million California renters households have experienced job loss during COVID-19, and this directly impacts their housing security. While today’s new laws are necessary, more must be done – and this means the Congress and the President stepping into their rightful role as provider of a meaningful renter relief package as part of the next stimulus. California deserves credit for acting, and now we must demand the Federal government follow suit.”

    The Governor also announced that he has signed the following bills: 

    ·         AB 2782 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) – Mobilehome parks: change of use: rent control.

    ·         AB 3364 by the Committee on Judiciary – Judiciary omnibus. 

    Additional information on the Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act can be found here. For full text of the bills signed today, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

     

     ###


  • Tuesday, September 01, 2020 8:13 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CEA Logo

    SPECIAL ALERT

    On August 8, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order to give employees a "payroll holiday" in the form of a 6.2% tax deferral normally paid to Social Security, for September 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. On August 28, the U.S. Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave employers more guidance on this issue, but still left many questions unanswered.

    Who Is Eligible?

    The deferral only affects workers whose biweekly pay is less than $4000, pretax. The deferral is to be implemented on a pay period by pay period basis.

     

    For now, this is not a forgiveness of the tax owed. Although, President Trump has promised to forgive the tax if reelected, it would require an act of Congress to forgive liability altogether.

    Do Employers Have to Implement the Tax Deferral?

    The IRS guidelines suggest that it is up to the employer – not the employee – to decide whether to implement the tax deferral. It is likely a voluntary decision by the employer, as the IRS guidance does not state that the deferral is mandatory.   

    If employers decide to go ahead and make any deferrals this year, those same amounts must be withheld and paid back starting on January 1, 2021, and ending on April 30, 2021. Again, the guidance issued does not indicate when or if when employers have to begin the deferral.

    What if an Employee Quits and Can’t Pay Back the Deferral?

    The guidance also provides that the employer must "withhold and pay" the deferred taxes next year and, "If necessary...make arrangements to otherwise collect the total Applicable Taxes from the employee." This implies that the employer is probably responsible to pay any deferred amount to the IRS in the event the employee fails to repay it next year. For example, this situation may arise if the employee is no longer employed by the same employer in 2021.

    Given that the IRS guidelines still leave many questions unanswered, employers should consult with their tax specialist regarding deferral.

    Read the IRS guidelines here >>



  • Monday, August 24, 2020 2:48 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)







<< First  < Prev   1   2   Next >  Last >> 

California Self Storage Association

Contact Us

California Self Storage Association
5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283 
Sacramento, CA 95842

P: 888-CSSA-207 or 888-277-2207
F: 949-861-9425

Contact us Online

Upcoming Events

Get Started Today

Whether you’re an Owner, Operator or Vendor we have a membership that is right for you.

Become a Member