Calif. Civil Code §§1633.3 and 1942.2; Government Code §60371
Amended by A.B. 2747
Effective date: January 1, 2015

Electronic transactions

Residential rental or lease agreements that include security deposit provisions may now be signed electronically.

Utility payments

On single family residences, a local state agency providing utility service is now required to send written notice of a default on the utility account to:

  • the customer of record on the account, i.e., the landlord; and
  • the actual utility user, i.e., the tenant.

The written notice is to notify the recipients in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean that service will terminate in ten days. The notice further gives the tenant the ability to prevent a termination of service by assuming financial responsibility for the utility account. The tenant may deduct the subsequent utility payments from their rent if their rental payments include charges for utilities.

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