Last Updated: July 20, 2018.

This month, multiple bills were passed, including:

  • SB 1183, related to notice of defaults (NODs) for reverse mortgages;
  • AB 1739, updating rules for recording a revocable transfer on death deed; and
  • AB 2173, regarding the resale value of a commercial tenant’s unclaimed personal property. 

Here’s a list of bills for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session and California Department of Real Estate (DRE) Regulations which may substantially affect how you do business as a real estate licensee. Reports on passed bills can be found on our New Laws page. Current real estate law is here. This list is updated every month.

All recent updates are in red below.

Status Legend:

Introduced = Date the bill was originally introduced for consideration. Bill is still being considered, but not yet law.
Amended = Date the bill was last amended. Bill is still being considered, but not yet law.
Enrolled = Bill approved by both houses and pending the governor’s signature.
Passed = Bill signed by the governor and passed into law.
Flag= Bill is particularly relevant to real estate licensees.

Category     Bill        !  StatusStatus DateDescription
GovernmentSB 850 and AB 1816Passed6/27/2018These bills update several planning regulations, including median income guidelines for affordable housing, programs for homelessness and migrant housing. SB 850 passed, while AB 1816 is still pending further amendments.
PracticeSB 1038Amended6/25/2018This bill imposes liability on an employee who discriminates against another employee for opposing an employer's discriminatory practices prohibited under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Common Interest DevelopmentsSB 1016Amended6/28/2018This bill prohibits any condition in an instrument affecting the transfer or sale of an interest in a common interest development (CID) or in governing documents for a CID which bans or restricts the installation of an electric vehicle charging station within an owner's unit.
Legal AspectsAB 2803Amended4/23/2018This bill provides residential lead-based paint that affects the health of a considerable number of people is a public nuisance and imposes liability on a person who promotes use of lead-based paint.
Property ManagementAB 1796Amended6/14/2018This bill eliminates the exemption that permits a residential landlord of a property subject to a rent control ordinance to reject a tenant's written request to install an electric vehicle charging station in their allotted parking space.
TaxationSCA 19Amended5/10/2018This measure permits qualified veterans to transfer the base year value of their property to a replacement dwelling for property tax purposes.
TaxationSCA 9Passed6/5/2018This measure amends the California Constitution to exclude the construction of a rain water capture system on or after January 1, 2019 from the definition of "newly constructed" for property tax purposes.
TaxationSB 1246Amended6/27/2018This bill allows a refund of property taxes or assessments in an amount less than $5,000 without a verified claim if there has been no transfer of the property in the fiscal year that the taxes were levied.
PracticeSB 1143FlagAmended3/19/2018This bill requires a person registered as a sex offender for a conviction involving a victim under 18 years of age to disclose they are a registered sex offender to a seller or landlord when seeking to purchase or rent residential property. This bill also permits a seller or landlord to refuse to sell or rent based on the disclosure.
TaxationSB 1116Amended5/10/2018This bill increases the principal residence profit exclusion amount that may be deducted from income taxes from $250,000 to $300,000 for single filers and from $500,000 to $600,000 for joint filers.
TaxationAB 3122Enrolled6/5/2018This bill requires an application for the deferral of property tax payments to be submitted along with an application for reassessment of a property damaged or destroyed in a major disaster.
PracticeAB 2841Introduced2/16/2018This bill increases the number of sick days an employee is entitled to from three days of accrued sick leave by the 120th day of employment to five days by the 200th day of employment.
TaxationAB 2746Amended6/20/2018This bill provides that any person with title of record to a tax-defaulted property loses all rights in the property when they do not redeem the property and pay all charges to remove a property tax lien within the redemption period.
TaxationAB 2042Amended5/1/2018This bill, for taxable years between January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2024, allows an income tax credit equal to 25% of the cost of installing a residential graywater reuse system, up to $1,000.
PracticeAB 1867Amended6/21/2018This bill requires an employer with 50 or more employees to maintain records of employee complaints of sexual harassment for a minimum of five years after the date of employment termination of the accused employee.
Legal AspectsAB 1870Introduced1/12/2018This bill extends the period during which an individual may file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing for unlawful employment or housing practice from one year to three years from the date the violation occurred.
FinanceSB 818Amended5/21/2018This bill reenacts provisions of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights Act which prohibit a mortgage holder that forecloses on more than 175 properties from recording a notice of default (NOD) or notice of sale, or initiating a trustee’s sale, when a homeowner has an application pending for a mortgage modification.
GovernmentSB 827Amended4/9/2018This bill requires a local government to grant a transit-rich housing bonus for a development within a half-mile radius of a major transit stop when the developer meets specified planning standards, exempting the developer from density, zoning and height requirements.
GovernmentSB 831Amended6/21/2018This bill revises several standards for the creation of accessory dwelling units.
TaxationSB 995Amended4/5/2018This bill, for each taxable year beginning on and after January 1, 2018, adds either $1,500 or $3,000 to the standard deduction amount.
TaxationSB 1056Amended5/9/2018This bill, for lien dates on and after January 1, 2019, provides a welfare tax exemption to properties owned by a community land trust.
GovernmentSB 1087Amended6/12/2018This bill requires an administrator of a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to ensure a property owner is current on all mortgage debt before approving an assessment contract.
Property ManagementAB 2618FlagAmended4/19/2018This bill requires the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to administer a mandatory certification program for landlords and property managers to provide education on fair practices and tenant rights.
TaxationSB 1091 and ACA 24Introduced2/12/2018This bill and measure permit a county to apply the base year value of a property substantially damaged or destroyed by a disaster occurring from January 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018 to a comparable replacement property located in a different county for the purposes of property taxes.
PracticeAB 2884FlagAmended6/27/2018This bill requires a real estate broker to notify the Department of Real Estate (DRE) when the broker employs or affiliates with a sales agent or broker-associate, or when the broker terminates an employment or affiliation. This bill also authorizes a sales agent to enter into an agreement with another sales agent to share compensation paid through an employing broker.
TaxationSB 1115Amended7/3/2018This bill, for lien dates on and after January 1, 2019, removes the $10,000,000 limitation on property tax exemptions for properties used for rental housing for lower income households and for properties used exclusively for religious, hospital or charitable purposes.
Common Interest DevelopmentsSB 1128Amended6/20/2018This bill authorizes the recipient of electronically transmitted documents from a homeowners' association (HOA) to deliver or revoke their consent via e-mail.
TaxationSB 1130Amended4/18/2018This bill expands the definition of "residential dwelling" to include manufactured homes for the purposes of property tax postponements.
FinanceSB 1139Passed7/9/2018This bill extends indefinitely the requirement that a lender provide disclosures to applicants of a home equity mortgage and, on written notice from a borrower, suspend the borrower's equity line of credit for at least 30 days.
PracticeSB 1174FlagAmended4/2/2018This bill specifies that substantial misrepresentation by a real estate broker in a commercial property transaction includes failure to report dues related to ownership of the property, taxes, liens or pending litigation affecting the property. This bill also creates a certified commercial property disclosure which a commercial seller may voluntarily deliver to a buyer to disclose information about the property's condition and any associate dues, taxes and fees.
TaxationSB 1176Amended4/23/2018This bill increases the income tax credit for a dependent from $353 to $389 beginning on or after January 1, 2019.
TaxationSB 1182 and SB 1212Amended5/25/2018These bills, beginning on or after January 1, 2018, increase the renter's credit from $120 to $500 for joint returns, and from $60 to $250 for single filers.
FinanceSB 1183Passed7/18/2018This bill prohibits a mortgage holder from recording a notice of default (NOD) for a reverse mortgage when they receive notification the borrower has died until the mortgage holder gives the claimant opportunity to show they are the successor in interest.
FinanceSB 1201Amended4/30/2018This bill requires a financial organization that negotiates mortgage modifications in a language other than English to deliver to the borrower at the time of modification a form summarizing the modified terms in the same language as the negotiations.
TaxationSB 1210Amended3/22/2018This bill, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, lowers the income tax rate from 9.3% to 8.8% for incomes below $75,000.
GovernmentSB 1226Amended5/3/2018This bill permits enactment of a local ordinance to authorize a local government to determine when an accessory dwelling unit was constructed to issue a building permit, and apply state housing laws and building standards.
TaxationSB 1237Introduced2/15/2018This bill specifies that a property owned by a legal entity has changed ownership for tax purposes when 90% or more of the direct or indirect ownership interests in the entity are sold or transferred in a single transaction.
PracticeSB 1300Amended6/27/2018This bill prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to execute a release of a claim or right under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) in exchange for a raise or bonus, or from requiring an employee to sign an agreement denying the employee the right to disclose information about unlawful acts in the workplace. This bill also requires all employers to provide training regarding sexual harassment within six months of an employee's hire and once every two years.
Legal AspectsSB 1326Amended3/22/2018This bill clarifies that any provision in a construction agreement entered into by a property owner and contractor which imposes liability on a contractor for an owner's negligence or which indemnifies an owner for death or bodily injury resulting from the owner's negligence is unenforceable.
PracticeSB 1343Amended6/19/2018This bill requires an employer who employs five or more employees, including temporary and seasonal, to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of training to all nonsupervisory employees by January 1, 2020 and once every two years thereafter.
GovernmentSB 1411Introduced2/16/2018This bill removes authorization for a local government to impose a documentary transfer tax on documents recorded for a property sale.
GovernmentSB 1469 and AB 2890Amended7/3/2018These bills authorize an accessory dwelling unit to be created in areas developed with single-family residences (SFRs) and multifamily properties, and require local ordinance to designate where accessory dwelling units are excluded for safety purposes.
Legal AspectsAB 1739Passed7/9/2018This bill specifies that, when recording a revocable transfer on death deed, failure to record the statutory page containing common questions about the form's use does not alter the effectiveness of the deed.
TaxationAB 1748Amended4/24/2018This bill requires, on or after January 1, 2019, the base year value of a property eligible for a homeowner’s exemption for a disabled person or senior over 55 years of age to be transferred to a replacement property, regardless of the replacement property's location or value.
TaxationAB 1758 and AB 1979Amended5/9/2018These bills, for taxable years on and after January 1, 2018, allow a deduction for any amounts contributed to a homeownership savings account and exclude from gross income any amounts earned on those contributions.
TaxationAB 1765Amended5/15/2018This bill allows a tax credit for each taxable year between January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020 in an amount equal to 50% of the amount paid or incurred, not to exceed $1,000, for losses sustained in a qualified disaster area and not compensated for by insurance.
Legal AspectsAB 2074Amended<5/17/2018This bill allows a person recovering money losses for personal or property injury caused by lead-based paint to establish a lead paint pigment manufacturer is the cause of the injury by their selling, producing, distributing or promoting the type of lead paint pigment causing the injury.
Common Interest DevelopmentsAB 2141Introduced2/12/2018This bill changes the time requirement for distribution of an annual policy statement by a homeowner's association (HOA) to within 31 to 91 days, rather than 30 to 90 days, before the end of the fiscal year.
Property ManagementAB 2173Passed7/9/2018This bill changes the calculation of the total maximum resale value of personal property unclaimed by a commercial tenant that may be sold by the landlord without further notice to the tenant to either $2,500 or an amount equal to one month's rent, whichever is greater.
Property ManagementAB 2219Amended6/7/2018This bill requires a residential landlord or their agent to allow a tenant to pay rent through a third party.
TaxationAB 2254Introduced2/13/2018This bill, beginning with the 2019-2010 fiscal year, provides a property tax exemption for the full value of a principal residence owned by a veteran or their spouse.
Legal AspectsAB 2279Amended3/15/2018This bill prohibits a court from staying or enjoining a housing project for which an environmental impact report has been certified.
TaxationAB 2283Introduced2/13/2018This bill extends the income tax exclusion of any amount received as a rebate or financial incentive for a turf removal water conservation program.
Property ManagementAB 2343Amended6/25/2018This bill excludes judicial holidays, including Saturday and Sunday, from the notice period for a landlord's notice to quit.
Property ManagementAB 2364Amended5/9/2018This bill updates rules for landlords who withdraw property from the rental market and removes the requirement that a displaced tenant make a written request to occupy the property within 30 days after the landlord notifies the local agency of their intention to rent the property again.
TaxationAB 2410Amended5/1/2018This bill, for taxable years on and after January 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2025, reduces the annual tax to $400 for a limited liability company (LLC) with gross receipts of $250,000 or less and fewer than five employees within its first two years of operation.
Property ManagementAB 2413Amended6/4/2018This bill prohibits a residential landlord from limiting a tenant's right to summon law enforcement or emergency assistance due to abuse or crime, and prohibits a landlord from imposing a monetary penalty in these circumstances.
TaxationAB 2414Amended4/17/2018This bill, for taxable years from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2024, provides a tax credit to homeowners for the costs of installing an attic vent closure on their property.
TaxationAB 2529Amended3/19/2018This bill requires an income tax withholding for the transfer of like-kind properties in another state that occur on or after January 1, 2019.
Legal AspectsAB 2648Amended4/12/2018This bill provides an action for personal injury resulting from water contimination against a person who develops or improves property must be commenced no later than 10 years after the injury.
TaxationAB 2663Amended4/10/2018This bill excludes from the definition of "change in ownership" any property transfer occurring from January 1, 2000 to June 26, 2015 between registered domestic partners.
PracticeAB 2732Amended7/3/2018This bill prohibits an employer from concealing, possessing or destroying a passport, immigration document or other government identification of another person with the intent to commit trafficking or other coercive labor practices. This bill also requires an employer to provide each employee a Worker’s Bill of Rights to be created by the Department of Industrial Relations.
PracticeAB 2827Amended3/22/2018This bill authorizes an employer to provide consent to an immigration enforcement agent to enter the workplace.
TaxationAB 2833Amended5/8/2018This bill, for taxable years on and after January 1, 2019 and before January 1, 2024, adjusts the renter's credit to be the greater of $120 or 20% of the median rent in the county for joint returns and to the greater of $50 or 10% of the median rent in the county for single filers.
Property ManagementAB 2847Passed7/16/2018This bill specifies that a commercial landlord's acceptance of rent from a tenant who remains in possession after expiration of their lease does not renew the lease but mitigates money losses incurred by the tenant. This bill also authorizes the landlord to provide a notice of belief of abandonment when rent has been due and unpaid for the minimum number of days to declare a default under the lease terms, but no less than three days.
Property ManagementAB 2925Amended5/29/2018This bill prohibits a landlord from terminating a tenancy except for good cause.
Legal AspectsAB 3004Amended4/2/2018This bill authorizes a person to make a donative transfer to a charitable organization as a beneficiary and requires a revocable transfer on death deed to be recorded.
GovernmentAB 3041Amended4/24/2018This bill, on and after January 1, 2019, prohibits the creation of a transfer fee for residential sales or transfers.
PracticeAB 3080Amended5/25/2018This bill prohibits an employer from forbidding an employee or independent contractor to disclose sexual harassment suffered at the workplace as a condition of their employment.
PracticeAB 3081Amended7/2/2018This bill prohibits an employer from discharging or retaliating against an employee who is a victim of sexual harassment. This bill also requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide at least two hours of training regarding sexual harassment within six months of hiring and once every two years thereafter.
PracticeAB 3207FlagAmended7/5/2018This bill revises the definition of a mortgage broker to include anyone who receives compensation for providing a referral or lead which results in mortgage negotiations, the preparation of mortgage documents or inquiries from the referred borrower. This bill also prevents a lender from compensating any person who meets the definition of a mortgage broker without being licensed.
TaxationAB 3209Amended4/30/2018This bill, beginning with the 2019-2020 fiscal year, exempts from taxation the full value of the principal residence of a veteran.
TaxationACA 7Introduced2/17/2018This measure, on and after January 1, 2019, permits the base year value of a property to be transferred to a replacement property in a different county for the purposes of property taxes.
TaxationACA 12 and AB 1596Amended4/18/2018This measure and bill permit the transfer of the base year value of a property to a replacement dwelling for parents of a severely disabled child.
TaxationACA 20Introduced1/3/2018This measure, on and after January 1, 2019, permits the base year value of a property owned by a person aged 55 or older, or who is severely disabled to be transferred to a replacement property, regardless of the replacement property's value or location.
GovernmentSB 3Passed9/29/2017This bill authorizes the issuance of $3,000,000,000 in bonds to finance existing housing programs, infrastructure and affordable housing grant programs, and $1,000,000,000 in bonds to finance home purchase assistance for veterans.
GovernmentSB 2Passed9/29/2017This bill would establish permanent sources of funding for affordable housing developments and imposes a $75 fee on the recording of every real estate instrument.
Property ManagementAB 291Passed10/5/2017This bill prohibits a residential landlord from causing a tenant to quit involuntarily or bring an action to recover possession on the basis of the tenant's actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status. This bill also prohibits a landlord from threatening to disclose or disclosing a tenant's immigration or citizenship status to another person, and from retaliating against an immigrant tenant by reporting them to immigration authorities.
GovernmentAB 299Passed10/5/2017This bill prohibits all public entities — expanded from just cities and counties — from compelling a residential landlord to take action against a tenant based on immigration or citizenship status.
Property ManagementAB 494Passed10/8/2017This bill permits an accessory dwelling unit to be rented separately from the primary single family residence (SFR) on the lot.
Common Interest DevelopmentsAB 534Passed7/10/2017This bill prohibits a mechanic's lien from attaching to an individual unit in a common interest development (CID) unless consent is provided. When a lien is filed against two or more units, this bill permits a unit owner to remove a lien from their individual unit by either paying the lienholder the fraction of the total amount attributed to that owner’s interest or recording a lien release bond.
TaxationAB 652Passed7/21/2017This bill prohibits a new construction on real property from being appraised or acquiring a new base year value for property tax purposes until the date of completion.
Common Interest DevelopmentsAB 690Passed7/24/2017This bill requires a manager or management firm for a common interest development (CID) to disclose, prior to entering into a management agreement, any business or company in which the manager has ownership interests and whether they receive a referral fee from third parties who distribute required documents.
GovernmentSB 173Passed10/15/2017This bill, as of July 1, 2018, removes the California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) from the Department of Consumer Affairs, reverts its title back to the "Department of Real Estate" and categorizes it under the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.
GovernmentSB 229Passed10/8/2017This bill permits a city or county to create a local ordinance for the creation of accessory dwelling units in areas zoned for residential use and prohibit the sale of an accessory dwelling unit separate from the primary residence.
TaxationSB 246Enrolled7/10/2017This bill specifies that a severely and permanently disabled homeowner may be granted more than one property tax exemption to transfer the base year value of a property to a replacement property when the homeowner turns 55 years of age.
GovernmentSB 277Amended7/13/2017This bill authorizes a city or county to adopt an ordinance requiring developers to include a certain percentage of residential units for moderate- and low-income households.
TaxationSB 434Amended7/17/2017This bill conforms state tax laws to federal tax rules that exclude the discharge of qualified principal residence indebtedness from an individual's income when the debt is discharged before January 1, 2017 and would limit the amount excludable to $250,000.
Legal AspectsSB 479Passed9/1/2017This bill increases the maximum trustee's or attorney's fees in the sale of property under a power of sale from $425 to $475.
Legals AspectsAB 1139Passed7/31/2017This bill requires the document for private transfer fees to contain a notice disclosing information about financing for properties encumbered by private transfer fee covenants.
Legals AspectsAB 1148Passed7/21/2017This bill defines commercial property for the purposes of disability access inspections to include property operated as a place of public accommodation or facility which permits access to the general public.
PracticeAB 1289FlagAmended7/5/2018This bill updates the language in the Agency Law Disclosure to clarify a dual agent may not disclose a participant's confidential information to the other participant, including facts related to the participant's financial position, motivations, bargaining position or other personal information that may affect pricing. This bill also removes provisions related to open listings.
Legal AspectsAB 1691Amended3/16/2017This bill permits a consumer credit reporting agency to make a consumer credit report containing unlawful detainer actions.
PracticeSB 764FlagPassed9/11/2017This bill permits an unlicensed employee of a real estate broker to withdraw funds from the broker's trust fund account if the broker has insurance coverage equal to the maximum amount of the trust funds accessible to the employee.
TaxationSB 558Passed1/31/2018This bill excludes the construction of a rain water capture system on or after January 1, 2018 from the definition of "newly constructed" for property tax purposes.
Common Interest DevelopmentsAB 634Passed10/15/2017This bill prohibits a homeowners' association (HOA) from establishing a policy barring the installation of a rooftop solar energy system on the roof of an owner's unit in a common interest development (CID), or from requiring member approval for installation.
GovernmentAB 1414Passed10/15/2017This bill extends the prohibition on city and county permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems until January 1, 2025.
TaxationSB 624Passed7/31/2017This bill authorizes a county's board of supervisors to provide that tax on real property is not a lien against the property when the tax amount is less than an amount set by the city or county, up to $200.
Property ManagementAB 646Passed10/5/2017This bill requires a residential landlord, for lease or rental agreements entered into on or after July 1, 2018, to disclose to the tenant information about the risk of flooding.
GovernmentAB 943Amended7/19/2017This bill requires any proposed ordinance that reduces density or stops development of parcels located less than one mile from a major transit stop in a city or county to receive at least 55% voter approval to become effective.
Legal AspectsSB 33Passed10/4/2017This bill authorizes a court to determine an arbitration agreement is unenforceable when a state or federally chartered bank or savings institution seeks to apply a written arbitration agreement in a contract with a consumer to a relationship with that consumer which was created fraudulently without the consumer's consent and by unlawfully using the consumer's personal information.
TaxationSB 812Passed10/8/2017This bill prohibits an owner of tax-defaulted property subject to a tax sale from purchasing the property below the minimum price needed to redeem the property.
TaxationAB 271Amended5/10/2017This bill authorizes a county tax collector to remove a homeowner's delinquent special tax installment for the Property Assessed Clean Energy program (PACE) when the PACE assessment is based on a contract entered into on or after January 1, 2018.
GovernmentAB 1086Passed9/1/2017This bill requires a city and county to, as part of the local housing element, evaluate the relationship between the housing shortage and the state's environmental policy, and include data on the percentage of overcrowded renters' households.
LicensingAB 1636Passed9/27/2017This bill authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) to impose a penalty on a mortgage loan originator or mortgage broker who fails to submit to the DBO the required annual report on their business operations.
LicensingSB 547Passed10/2/2017This bill redefines an "appraisal management company" as a person who provides appraisal management services to mortgage holders or secondary mortgage market participants in connection with a principal dwelling for a consumer mortgage, and oversees an appraiser panel of more than 15 state-certified or state-licensed appraisers in a single state or 25 or more state-certified or state-licensed appraisers in two or more states within a given 12-month period. This bill also prohibits a person other than a licensed appraiser from signing an appraisal in a federally related transaction.
GovernmentSB 35Passed9/29/2017This bill streamlines the application process for multifamily housing developments by waiving conditional use permits, limiting the imposition of parking standards and enforcing deadlines for approval.
GovernmentAB 74Passed10/14/2017This bill requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to, on or before January 1, 2019, establish the Housing for a Healthy California Program to create supportive housing for the homeless through grants to counties.
GovernmentAB 678Passed9/29/2017This bill prohibits a local government from rejecting a housing development based on changes to a zoning ordinance or general plan occurring after the date the application was completed, and requires 2/3 of the square footage of a mixed-use development to be designated for residential use.
GovernmentSB 242Passed10/4/2017This bill requires a program administrator for the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program to orally confirm the terms of an assessment contract and that the owner has copies of relevant documents prior to executing the contract.