New Landlord/Tenant Law
1. Senate Bill 329 and Senate Bill 222 Requires Landlords to Accept Section 8 and Vash Vouchers and Other Forms of Rental Assistance
As of January 1, 2020, you can no longer inform a prospective tenant that you do not accept Section 8 or Vash Vouchers, or any other forms of rental assistance when considering their income. See SB 329 and SB 222.
2. The New Statewide Rent Control Law (AB 1482) Requires When Serving a Notice to Perform or Quit that the Tenant, After the Expiration of Three Days and Their Failure to Comply, Must Then be Served a New Three-Day Notice to Quit Before You Can Proceed with an Unlawful Detainer
3. Even Though A Single-Family Residence Is Exempt From The New Statewide Rent Control Law (AB 1482), A Provision In The New Rent Control Law Requires Specific Language In All Rental Agreements
If you have a tenant already in possession, this language must be included in a notice to be served on your tenant. This required language is as follows:
This property is not subject to the rent limits imposed by Section 1947.12 of the Civil Code and is not subject to the just cause requirements of Section 1946.2 of the Civil Code. This property meets the requirements of Sections 1947.12(d)(5) and 1946.2(e)(8) of the Civil Code and the owner is not any of the following: (1) a real estate investment trust, as defined by Section 856 of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a corporation; or (3) a limited liability company in which at least one member is a corporation.
4. Tenant Must Pay the Cost of Electricity if Charging His/Her Electric Vehicle
The law now allows a tenant to install an electric charging station at their own expense. The landlord can require the tenant to maintain a liability policy for One Million Dollars ($1M) naming the landlord as additional insured. In addition, the tenant can be required to maintain a property insurance policy. Finally, the tenant is required to pay the cost of electricity.
About the Author
Scott Souders is a real estate attorney who has practiced real estate law in excess of 43 years in Southern California. The Real Estate Law Update cites cases or statutes which are summarized and should not be relied upon without fully reading the cases or statute in the advance sheets and shepardizing the same and consulting with your own attorney.