Landlord Laws for 2016
The following bills have been passed
by the California legislature for 2016:
1 - This bill prohibits a city or county from imposing
a fine for failure to water a lawn during a state-declared
349 - This bill voids any provisions in common interest
development (CID) guidelines and policies which prohibit the
use of drought-tolerant landscaping, and prohibits any requirement
that an owner remove water-efficient landscaping when the
state of emergency has concluded.
396 - This bill prohibits a landlord from requesting
a criminal background check from an applicant until after
the applicant has completed the initial application process
and read the landlord's criminal background check policy.
This bill also prohibits the landlord from denying tenancy
based on an arrest that did not result in a conviction, a
conviction that has been judicially dismissed, juvenile justice
determinations or offenses other than felonies and misdemeanors.
418 - This bill extends indefinitely the requirement
that a termination of tenancy based on domestic violence or
sexual assault be subject to existing security deposit laws.
This bill also reduces the time period the victimized tenant
has to give the landlord a notice of intent to vacate from
30 days to 14 days.
1448 - This bill prohibits a landlord and homeowners'
association (HOA) from prohibiting a tenant's or homeowner's
use of a clothesline or drying rack in their private area
328 - This bill requires a landlord to notify a tenant
about use of pesticides in the tenant's unit if the landlord
applied a pesticide without using a licensed structural pest
control operator, and to notify tenants at least 24 hours
prior to application of any pesticides to common areas without
a licensed pest control operator.
551 - This bill requires a landlord entering into
a lease on and after July 1, 2016 to provide a prospective
tenant information about bed bugs. Existing tenants are to
be provided with the disclosure by January 1, 2017. The bill
also imposes bed bug notice requirements on tenants.