Codes & standards

  • AB 565 (Bloom) requires HCD to submit to the BSC to recommendations to clarify conditions for live/work unit occupancy and use.
  • AB 1857 (Nazarian) requires the Building Standards Commission (BSC) to convene a working group to consider standards so that buildings will more likely be habitable shortly after an earthquake (‘functional recovery’).
  • AB 2598 (Quirk) increases the fine amounts that counties and cities may assess for violations of their ordinances and building and safety codes.
  • AB 2681 (Nazarian) requires local building departments and the state Office of Emergency Services to develop a registry of buildings at heightened risk of damage in an earthquake in seismic hazard zones, contingent on funding.
  • SB 721 (Hill) requires balcony inspections at multifamily rental properties.
  • SB 1415 (McGuire) requires building inspections of specified industrial and storage structures, authorizes fees to cover inspection costs, and generally extends existing tenant protections and notifications to buildings which are used for human habitation, which are not considered residential buildings, such as the “Ghostship” building in Oakland.
  • SB 1416 (McGuire) allows local governments to collect fines and attorney fees for nuisance abatement and to assess and lien the property if not paid.
  • SB 1465 (Hill) requires a contractor to report to the Contractors State License Board any civil action or administrative action resulting in a final judgment, settlement agreement, or arbitration award, and contractor insurers to report any claims paid out.
  • SB 1477 (Stern) Creates the Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program, to facilitate funding from private utilities for reduced energy consumption for new and existing residential buildings, with a set-aside for low-income housing and disadvantaged communities.
  • SB 1481 (Hill) makes various changes to the Structural Pest Control Act intended to improve oversight of entities regulated by the Board of Structural Pest Control and extends the sunset date of the Board to 2023.

Fair housing

  • AB 686 (Santiago) establishes a state obligation to affirmatively further fair housing.
  • AB 1870 (Reyes) extends the time to file a employment complaint with Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing to 3 years; pervious version also extend the time for housing complaints.

Finance & programs – local

  • AB 448 (Daly) authorizes the creation of the Orange County Housing Finance Trust, a joint powers authority, to fund housing for the homeless and low income households.
  • AB 2035 (Mullin) makes technical and clarifying changes to procedures for Affordable Housing Authorities and allows expeditures for supportive housing and shelters.
  • SB 961 (Allen) allows a process for Enhanced Infrastructure Finance Districts to be created near transit and to use sales tax proceeds in some circumstances to finance projects, if at least 40% of the proceeds go for housing.
  • SB 1115 (Hill) increases the limit on the property tax welfare exemption for an affordable housing provider to $20M.
  • SB 1145 (Leyva) allows infrastructure finance districts to fund maintenance costs for assisted projects, including affordable housing, but not out of bond proceeds.
  • SB 1202 (Stone) amends the Mitigation Fee Act to require an audit if a local agency has failed to comply with the Act.

Finance & programs – state

  • AB 1547 (Quirk-Silva) makes various changes to the Seismic Safety Capital Access Loan Program, which guarantees loans for seismic retrofits, including on multifamily rental buildings, including adding 4-unit buildings as eligible for PACE financing (current law is 3 or fewer).
  • AB 1921 (Maienschein) allows CalWORKs emergency housing assistance to be used to rent or sublet rooms; its previous version allowed assistance to be used for more than one homeless episode per year.
  • AB 2562 (Mullin) gives HCD flexibility to adjust interest rates and loan terms to protect project feasibility for developments receiving LIHTCs.
  • SB 877 (Budgt Comm) authorizes the Department to charge ongoing monitoring fees to recipients of loans from the Housing for a Healthy California program and to deposit the collected fees into the Housing Rehabilitation Loan Fund, as part of the general government August trailer bill.
  • SB 912 (Beall) increases ability of CalHFA to increase salaries for some high-level staff, previous version appropriated $2B for housing.

Homeless

  • AB 2490 (Chiu) allows a homeless person to obtain a birth certificate without cost from the State Registrar.
  • AB 2602 (McCarty) adds Sacramento county as an eligible area for homeless youth emergency service projects, funded by the state Office of Emergency Services.
  • AB 2629 (Eggman) authorizes Caltrans to lease two properties in Stockton and Santa Barbara for use as homeless shelters or food distribution, regardless of whether there are prospective buyers..
  • AB 3061 (Gloria) authorizes Caltrans to lease a non-surplus property in San Diego at a nominal rate to the city or county for use as a homeless shelter; previous version allowed its use as permanent supportive housing.
  • AB 3085 (Calderon) creates a grant program at the Dept. of Community Services & Development for local governments to provide job training and services to homeless persons, funding must come from Budget Bill.
  • AB 3139 (Bonta) allows Caltrans to lease property near or under freeways to the City of Oakland for homeless services.
  • SB 519 (Beall) authorizes Caltrans to lease non-surplus properties in Los Angeles and San José at nominal rates to those cities for use as homeless shelters or food centers.
  • SB 918 (Wiener) requires the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to set goals and policies regarding homeless youth.
  • SB 1012 (Delgado) allows a city to request to join a county homeless multidisciplinary homeless personnel team.
  • SB 1045 (Wiener) allows LA, SF, and San Diego Counties to establish procedures to create conservatorships for homeless persons if previous court proceedings were not effectual, and possible involuntary placement in supportive housing, health care, or psychiatric facilities, which must be the least restrictive alternative.
  • SB 1152 (Hernandez) requires hospitals to develop plans & procedures for the discharge of homeless patients, including coordination and referrals to service agencies.

Homeowner & utilities

  • AB 2063 (Aguiar-Curry) imposes restrictions on solicitations for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) retrofitting.
  • AB 2132 (Levine) waives permit fees for alterations to a homeowner who is a senior and disabled.
  • AB 3041 (Cunningham) prohibits fees on subsequent transfers imposed by covenants on a property; federal requirements have generally made such fees obsolete in recent years.
  • SB 818 (Beall) makes permanent the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights and enhances several of its foreclosure protections.
  • SB 998 (Dodd) imposes new uniform procedures and restrictions before water can be shut off at a residence, including mobilehomes, rental units, and farmworker housing, and is in addition to all current requirements.
  • SB 1087 (Roth) enhances Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan consumer protections.
  • SB 1135 (Bradford) increases the discount level for the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program to 18%, up from 12%; FERA applies the the state’s 3 largest utilities.
  • SB 1201 (Jackson) requires loan modifications negotiated in certain languages other than English to have written documentation of the transaction in that language also.

Land use

  • AB 829 (Chiu) limits the practice in LA of requiring a “letter of acknowledgment” from a council member in order for an affordable housing development to proceed.
  • AB 1423 (Chiu) redefines affordable housing requirements to develop a state-owned parcel in San Francisco.
  • AB 1771 (Bloom) tightens up the RHNA allocation process to ensure a more equitable distribution of RHNA numbers.
  • AB 1804 (Berman) extends the infill CEQA exemption to housing and mixed-used projects in unincorporated county areas under certain conditions.
  • AB 2162 (Chiu) requires that supportive housing be a use by right in zones where multifamily housing is permitted.
  • AB 2338 (Aguiar-Curry) requires RHNA factors to include the loss of units during a state of emergency declared by the Governor during the planning period immediately preceding the relevant revision of the housing element that have yet to be rebuilt or replaced at the time of the analysis.
  • AB 2341 (Mathis) eliminates consideration of aesthetic effects under CEQA for projects involving conversion or replacement of existing dilapidated buildings, unless the new project is “substantially” taller than the existing one.
  • AB 2372 (Gloria) allows a local gov to base density bonuses on floor area.
  • AB 2447 (Reyes) creates the Vulnerable Communites Inclusion Act, requiring mapping and notice of designated harmful land uses in disadvantaged communities, to facilitate environmental justice.
  • AB 2753 (Friedman) requires a local government to inform a density bonus applicant whether the application is complete, and if so, the amount of the bonus and any requested parking ratio.
  • AB 2797 (Bloom) provides that the granting of a density bonus cannot be the basis for finding that a project violates the visual preservation provisions in the Coastal Act, superseding a recent court decision.
  • AB 2913 (Wood) allows local building departments to issue an unlimited number of 6-month extensions to building permits and provides for an initial 1-year permit deadline.
  • AB 2923 (Chiu) provides for streamlined approval of housing developments on BART-owned land that meet certain standards, including requiring that 20% of any housing units be affordable to lower-income households and replacement policies for demolished units occupied by low-income households.
  • AB 2973 (Gray) authorizes local governments to extend by 2 years tentative maps that were originally approved between 2006 and 2013.
  • SB 765 (Wiener) provides cleanup to last year’s SB 35.
  • SB 828 (Wiener) adds additional factors for HCD to consider in determining each region’s regional housing need, including whether voters have approved an agricultural preservation ordinance.
  • SB 1035 (Jackson) requires general plans to address climate change.
  • SB 1078 (Tr&HsgComm) makes noncontroversial technical changes to housing statutes.
  • SB 1226 (Bates) authorizes localities to create a process to legalize existing accessory dwelling units that were constructed without a permit and states that the bill is declaratory of existing law.
  • SB 1227 (Skinner) creates a density bonus for student housing.
  • SB 1333 (Wieckowski) ensures that charter cities must comply with key provisions of the planning and zoning code, including ensuring consistency with adopted housing elements.

Landlord-tenant

  • AB 354 (Calderon) requires corporate single-family rental owners (like Blackstone) to report on their holdings to the Department of Business Oversight.
  • AB 1919 (Wood) prohibits no cause evictions in areas affected by a disaster for purposes of increasing the rent to a new tenant, and provides that a landlord in such an area cannot charge more than allowed by a local rent control ordinance.
  • AB 2343 (Chiu) excludes weekends and holidays from the time period that a tenant has to respond to a 5-day summons or 3-day notice.
  • AB 2930 (Santiago) extends provisions allowing the cities of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento to directly evict tenants for certain weapons and drug offenses, without a criminal conviction, to 2024.
  • AB 3212 (Irwin) among other protections, allows a tenant in military service to terminate a tenancy early and allows a court to stay any eviction proceeding.
  • SB 966 (Wiener) requires the SWRCB, in consulation with HCD and the BSC, to develop standards for reuse of nonpotable water at multifamily and mixed-use properties.
  • SB 1155 (Hueso) removes impediments to access to interpreters in small claims court.

Mobilehomes

  • AB 1943 (Waldron) simplifies process for mobilehome owners in resident-owned parks to convert the homes to real property, thus facilitating financing.
  • AB 2056 (E. Garcia) revises the Mobilehome Park Rehabilitation and Resident Ownership Program (MPRROP) to fund rehab of a mobilehome park already owned by a nonprofit entity, allows loan payments to be deferred, and allows financing of new park construction to replace a park that has been destroyed by a natural disaster.
  • AB 2588 (Chu) requires all used mobilehomes that are sold or rented to have a smoke detector and requires mobilehome parks to post emergency procedures annually in specified multiple languages.
  • AB 3066 (M. Stone) requires HCD to set up a program to handle Mobilehome Residency Law complaints, including entering into contracts with nonprofit legal aid organizations to handle referrals, with funding from a $10 fee per unit.
  • SB 46 (Leyva) extends the sunset for the mobilehome enforcement program to 2024.
  • SB 1130 (Leyva) restores some ability for senior and disabled mobilehome owners to postpone property taxes, but mobilehome funding is limited to 1% of the total funding for the postponement program.

Rural

  • AB 2887 (Aguiar-Curry) makes a number of changes to migrant farm labor center operating procedures including more flexibility on when centers open and close, if certain requirements are met.