Some New Rules For California Property Owners and Property Managers in 2024

Dated: February 6 2024

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Here in 2024, California continues to reduce protections, increase business costs, and generally make being a landlord more difficult, for Property Owners and Property Managers. 

AB 12 passed, and takes effect June 2024.  This bill prohibits Property Owners who own more than two properties, with a total of more than 4 units, from collecting security deposits higher than the monthly rent amount for the unit.

SB 267 took effect January 1, 2024.  This bill requires Property Owners and Property Managers to offer "ability to pay" evidence as an alternative to credit reports and background checks to qualify applicants, if the applicants have a government rent subsidy, such as a Section 8 Voucher. 

AB 1620 requires some Property Owners and Property Managers to grant a Tenant's request to move to a first floor unit, in the same building, at the same rental rate, if the apartment is vacant and comparable, or smaller, than the Tenant's current unit.  Tenants must have a permenant disablility and the Tenant's original unit cannot be serviced by an operational elevator.

As of January 1, 2024, Property Owners and Property Managers are required to provide at least 40 hours of paid sick leave to On-Site Managers in California.

Most importantly, a new bill will be on the ballot this coming November, in what has become an annual attack on California's Costa-Hawkins Act.  When the bill is presented, Property Owners and Property Managers will need to read the language carefully, and cast their votes to protect their rights.

Good luck to you all.

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