According to CAA, in the last weeks of February, California lawmakers introduced hundreds of new bills that would impact the rental housing industry, here is a look at what CAA has identified so far.
AB 1610 - Accessibility - This bill would establish notice requirements for an alleged aggrieved party to follow before bringing an action against a business for an alleged violation of access rights of a disabled individual. The bill would require that party to provide specified notice to the owner of the property, agent, or other responsible party where the alleged violation occurred. The bill would require that owner, agent, or other responsible party to respond within 30 days with a description of the improvements to be made or with a rebuttal to the allegations. If that owner, agent, or other responsible party elects to fix the alleged violation, the bill would provide 120 days to do so.
AB 1726 - Pools - This bill would require an apartment building with a swimming pool to employ at least one qualified pool operator, as defined, and to maintain and conspicuously post a current certificate of each qualified pool operator employed by the swimming pool owner. This bill would require originals or copies of the certificate or documentation of each qualified pool operator employed by the site to be available onsite for inspection by a local enforcement agency. It also would require every pool operator of a public swimming pool to be a qualified pool operator, and to take a pool operator training course and examination, as specified, approved by a local enforcement agency. This bill would require a pool operator training course to be registered and approved by a local enforcement agency, and would allow the enforcement agency to charge a registration fee, as specified.
AB 2521 - Abandoned Property - This bill would provide that the landlord may retain or dispose of a tenant's property that is left behind after move out if the landlord reasonably believes that the total resale value of the property not released is less than $700. Current law is $300.
SB 1055 - Online Rent Payments - The bill would require any landlord or landlord's agent who offers the option of payment of rent or deposit of security electronically to also accept payment of rent or deposit of security by check or money order.
SB 1191 - Default Notification - This bill would require every landlord who is in default under a mortgage or deed of trust and who has received a notice of sale from the mortgagee, trustee, or other person authorized to take the sale to disclose the notice of sale to any prospective tenant prior to executing a lease agreement for the property to be sold. The bill would also provide that a violation of those provisions would invalidate the lease and entitle the tenant to recovery of all rent paid under the lease.
SB 1229 - Declawing and Devocalizing Pets - This bill would prohibit a landlord who allows a tenant to have an animal on the premises, from advertising or establishing rental policies in a manner that requires a tenant or a potential tenant with an animal to have that animal declawed or devocalized as a condition of occupancy. This bill would impose a civil penalty, not to exceed $1,000, for each violation of these provisions, to be paid to the person or entity that brings the action. This bill would specifically authorize a person to seek declaratory or injunctive relief for a violation of this prohibition.
The Law Offices of James V. Sansone is located in Santa Rosa, California and litigates numerous landlord tenant disputes including evictions, contract and lease disputes, evictions after foreclosure, and problem tenants, throughout Sonoma County, Mendocino County, and Lake County, including Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Sonoma, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Windsor, Bodega Bay, Ukiah, Willits, Clearlake, Lakeport, and Kelseyville.