Make Your Voice Heard in the November Election
It’s been a busy few weeks on the local level, dealing with both the Eviction Moratorium Rent Repayment date extension in the City of San Diego and a proposal to pursue a mandate that landlords accept pets. The City of Chula Vista also met and extended their moratorium through the end of August. However, the council also approved the formation of a Stakeholder Subcommittee to help craft a more balanced policy. The Southern California Rental Housing Association wishes to thank and congratulate you for victories hard fought.
Victory - SB 1190 to be Amended
You did it! Your voice was heard by Senators. SB 1190 (Durazo) passed off the Senate floor but with the promise of amendments in the Assembly that will remove the ridiculous fines for violations of AB 1482, the Tenant Protection Act of 2019. Thank you to all those who wrote to their Senator!
SB 1190 began as a bill to expand the rights of tenants who are victims of crime. While SCRHA would like to see some of that language clarified for practicality, the main concern with the bill was the addition of language that would grant local prosecutors investigative and enforcement powers for AB 1482. It would have also included the awarding of restitution and fines up to $20,000 for violations of the act.
The amendments are not yet in print, but we are pleased with this development and will continue to work on the bill as it makes its way through the Assembly.
Update on Rental Housing Bills
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee moved several rental housing bills to the "suspense file," including SB 1190 (Durazo). The suspense file is a holding placing for bills with significant fiscal impacts. Bills are generally held on the suspense file before each fiscal deadline so that each House can evaluate the total impacts to the state. Bills that are moved out of suspense then go to the floor while bills held in suspense die. The process for getting a bill off of the suspense file is full of political horse trading between legislators, leadership, and the Appropriations Committee chair. Bills that move off of the suspense file are almost always moved off of suspense with amendments. The Senate Appropriations Committee will be taking-up suspense file bills Friday, June 18, 2020.
Needless to say, a lot has happened in the last few months. SCRHA spent the first month or so of the COVID-19 emergency lobbying on eviction moratoriums, seeking property tax relief, and advocating for direct rental assistance, amongst other actions to help the industry during unprecedented times. A wealth of resources, including eviction moratorium rules, are available on the SCRHA COVID-19 Resource page. Visit www.socalrha.org.
New legislation moving through the California legislature has the potential to create added economic distress for tens of thousands of small rental property owners throughout Southern California. While Assembly Bill 828 (Ting) is intended to help with the financial stress caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, it is a 25% blanket reduction of rent.
If passed, this bill will create even more economic distress for tens of thousands of small rental property owners who, like many renters, are already under immense financial pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bill claims to be a temporary moratorium on evictions related to COVID-19. In reality, it provides a 25% blanket reduction of rent without due process.
As proposed, AB 828 requires the court, even if a tenant doesn't demonstrate a financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus, to:
- Make an order for the tenant to remain in possession.
- Order the owner to reduce the rent for the property by 25% for 12 months.
- Require the tenant to pay monthly, 10% of the past due rent at the time of the order.
- Protect nuisance tenants by allowing them to NOT respond to unlawful detainer complaints.
The bill requires the courts to make assumptions about a property owners financial situation based on the number of units owned:
- If the plaintiff has an ownership interest in just one or two rental units, then the court shall presume that issuance of an order would constitute a material economic hardship.
- If the plaintiff has ownership in 10 or more rental units, the court shall presume that the issuance of an order would not constitute a material economic hardship.
- Allows the courts to change existing rental agreements and set new rents.
Southern California Rental Housing Association (SCRHA) is dedicated to protecting the interests of rental property owners and managers. Join us as we URGE A NO VOTE and let legislative leaders know that AB 828 will compromise your ability to provide rental housing.
Southern California Rental Housing Association is hosting a series of classes designed to help our members understand the City of San Diego’s Source of Income Discrimination ordinance going into effect on August 1, 2019.