SOME NEW 2020 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE LAWS IN EFFECT

1. AB-1482 – Rent Cap and Just Cause Evictions

This law mainly just applies to multi-family homes (2 units or more) or single-family homes and condos where the owner is a corporation, REIT or LLC with one member being a corporation.

Under AB 1482, landlords can only raise the rent 5% plus CPI (with a max of 10%) every 12 months. They also must have a just cause reason to ask a tenant to vacate.

This is the most in depth and complicated law passed affecting landlords in 2020. We wrote a very detailed article on it which you can find here.

2. SB-329 – Accepting Section 8 Vouchers is Mandatory

Section 8 is a government assisted housing program that helps low income individuals and families afford homes by providing them with a monthly housing voucher to be used towards rent.

With the passing of SB-329, Section 8 vouchers have been reclassified as source of income and refusing to accept them is now considered discrimination.

This means no more “No Section 8” on your advertisements or refusing to rent to someone just because they have a Section 8 voucher. You now must consider their voucher as income to be used towards rent.

3. AB-74 – Budget Act of 2019

This act allocates $20 million to be used for legal service projects and support centers that provide eviction defense or other landlord-tenant disputes for tenants.

4. AB-1110 – 10% Rent Increase Requires 90 Day Notice

Up until January 1, 2020, landlords were required to give tenants a 60 day notice if raising the rent more than 10% in a 12 month period.

Now, landlords must give tenants a 90 day written notice instead. This of course assumes the property is exempt from rent caps under AB-1482.

5. SB-222 – Discrimination, Veteran or Military Status

This bill is similar to SB-329 in that it requires landlords to accept VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) vouchers as a source of income.

The law also makes it illegal under the FEHA to refuse to rent to someone on the basis of their veteran or military status.

6. SB-644 – Reduced Security Deposit for Military

Under current California law, a landlord can charge a security deposit of two times the rent for an unfurnished property and three times the rent for a furnished property.

SB-644 makes it so that a landlord can only charge an active duty service member one times the rent for an unfurnished property and two times the rent for a furnished property.

7. SB-1188 – Adding Homelessness Risk to Rental Agreement

This law makes it so that a tenant can add a person who is at risk of homelessness to the lease, regardless of the terms with written permission from the landlord.

8. AB-827 – Recycling Bins

This law applies to multi-family dwellings of 5 units or more, as well as businesses, to provide a separate recycling bin.

The recycling bin must be adjacent to the container meant for trash. By July 1, 2020, landlords must also develop signage that clearly marks the bins as recycling.

9. SB-652 – Religious Items on Doors

This law prohibits landlords or HOAs from enforcing any rule or lease provision that does not allow for the display of religious items on an entry door of door frame.

10. SB-234 – Family Daycare Homes

Large family daycare homes up to 14 children must be classified as residential for the purpose of local laws.

This law also clarifies that apartments can be used as daycares. Landlords cannot refuse to rent to a tenant on the basis that they want to run a daycare in the home, as long as it is compliant with all laws and ordinances.

Courtesy of Mesa Properties, Sam Shwetz

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