AB 1482 Makes Tenant Protections Statewide

Governor Gavin Newsom holds up AB-72, the first bill he signed as governor, in front of Riverview Elementary School classroom full of students, as State Senator Melissa Hurtado looks on, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 13, 2019. AB 72 is an early action budget bill that provides urgent assistance for communities that have contaminated and unsafe water. The students at Riverview use bottle water due to unsafe drinking water at school.

On October 8, 2019 the state enacted strong tenant protections against skyrocketing rents and unjust evictions with the Governor’s signature on AB 1482, a law that will help stem the inflow of people falling into homelessness.

Governor Gavin Newsom has “The Tenant Protection Act of 2019”  which will protect 8 million Californians in nearly 3 million households by creating price stability and certainty, and by protecting against discriminatory and retaliatory evictions. This will enable renters and their families to stay in their homes and contribute to their communities.

AB 1482 will specifically: cap annual rent increases at 5 percent plus the change in the cost of living, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and require that a landlord list a cause in their written notice to terminate a tenancy.

Condos and single-family homes would be exempt, unless owned by a corporation or real estate investment trust. Duplexes where the owner lives in one of the units would also be exempt.

As the Culver City Council takes the year of ‘rent freeze’ to craft local legislation, the state of California is moving in the same direction to stabilize housing and prevent a further upsurge in homelessness.

Photo credit – SacBee

 

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