The History

of The Southern California Rental Housing Association

Imagine the beautiful US Grant Hotel more than a 100 years ago. This illustrious hotel was constructed merely nine years before our organization’s first meeting there on September 16, 1919. so needless to say, it must have been an important affair on that early autumn day when John J. Fitzpatrick called our first meeting to order.

And that’s where our story begins.

Fitzpatrick and the new managing members made a motion to create a permanent organization dedicated to increasing positive interactions and communications between property and apartment owners, and their tenants.
The meeting and motion were also impelled due to the passing of the People’s Ordinance of 1919 which relegated trash pickup and collection fees as the responsibilities of San Diego multifamily property-owning taxpayers. This was considered a major blow to apartment and multifamily property owners, and many felt it was time to work together to prevent legislation like this being passed again without a fight.

In these early years, we adopted the name The Apartment House Owners and Managers Association of San Diego. Within a few months, the group of fledgling members voted to create a committee to manage itself, and soon, the mission of the organization was set in motion as well. The goal was set: to improve the progress of property owners, landlords and renters—but we also desire to be build the strength of this relationship together through legislation, lobbying, and increasing awareness of laws relating to San Diego property and rental ownership or management.

Investing in Our Mission Through Education

By the mid-1900s, we evolved our ethos to include industry news, as we were the frontrunners in the industry. What better way to be involved than by freely sharing our news with our market?

In 1940, we published the first issue of Apartment Review, a 22-page industry publication which communicated timely information relevant to the operation of rental housing. For some time, this publication served members well as a comprehensive resource for the latest information about industry news and trends. As the publication became more established and gained greater attention and increased readership, we changed the name to Apartment Owner News in 1950.

Becoming the Southern California Rental Housing Association

These milestones allowed us to continuously hone our mission and our vision. Hence, one sunny San Diego day, we agreed to change our name yet again. In 1954, the name changed to San Diego Rental Owners’ Association, which also spurred us to alter our industry publication to Rental Owners’ News to align with our new organizational name. (In fact, it wasn’t until 1993 that we finally became Southern California Rental Housing Association.)

During these early years, we grew our membership, grew our organization, and from that point forward, the changes we experienced began happening at a much faster clip. In fact, more than 10 decades and several name changes later, our purpose remains the same: to ensure that a vibrant rental housing industry throughout San Diego County is maintained and managed. To that end, the Southern California Rental Housing Association has expanded its products and services to a level that even its progressive founders couldn’t have anticipated.

Since 1919, the Southern California Rental Housing Association has responded to the changing needs of the rental housing industry and helped overcome many obstacles to support our members’ business objectives and real estate investments.

Fundamental to these accomplishments is the support of members like you; whose very involvement with the Southern California Rental Housing Association demonstrates a commitment to providing attractive, desirable rental housing opportunities for all in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial Counties.

Your community service—combined with the jobs your rental housing business generates—is a vital part of what helps keep our local economic engine running and it’s why the Southern California Rental Housing Association will continue its work to foster growth and excellence for what will hopefully be another 100 years of dedicated service.

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