Updated January 14, 2020.
Several new bills significant to California’s housing market were introduced in January 2020, including:
- AB 1905, which disallows homeowners from using the mortgage interest deduction (MID) on a secondary residence and reduces the MID eligibility amount for primary residences purchased beginning in 2018 from $1 million to $750,000 for joint taxpayers, and from $500,000 to $375,000 for single filers; and
- AB 953, which considers permits for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be approved when a local agency does not take action to approve or deny the ADU permit application within 60 days of receipt.
Read on for the full list of bills for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session and 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 monthly.
All recent updates are in red below.
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.
= Bill is particularly relevant to real estate licensees.
|Property Management||AB 953; SB 773||Amended||1/6/20||This bill considers permits for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to be approved when a local agency does not approve or deny an ADU permit application within 60 days of receipt.|
|Insurance||AB 1852||Introduced||1/6/20||This bill requires insurers to provide at least 30% of the policy limit without requiring an itemized claim when responding to the total loss of a furnished residence related to a declared state of emergency. It also requires the amount of money available to a policyholder to use to rebuild or replace the insured home at another location to be the amount that would have been recoverable if the insured dwelling been rebuilt, without deduction for the value of land at the new location.|
|Taxation||AB 1905||Introduced||1/8/20||This bill disallows homeowners from using the mortgage interest deduction (MID) on a secondary residence. It also reduces the MID eligibility amount for primary residences purchased beginning in 2018 from $1 million to $750,000 for joint taxpayers, and from $500,000 to $375,000 for single filers. The increased tax revenue is to be used to establish and fund the Housing and Homeless Response Fund.|
|Government||AB 1907||Introduced||1/8/20||This bill exempts from environmental review certain activities approved by or carried out by a public agency in furtherance of providing emergency shelters, supportive housing, or affordable housing.|
|Property Management||SB 644||Passed||10/8/19||This bill prohibits residential landlords from demanding or receiving a security deposit from a service member greater than one month's rent, or two months' rent for furnished property. Landlords may not refuse to rent to a service member due to this law change restricting the amount of security deposit the landlord is able to collect.|
|Government||AB 671||Passed||10/9/19||This bill requires local governments to make incentives for the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) accessible to very low-, low- and moderate-income households. It also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a list of existing state grants and incentives for construction and operating these types of ADUs, and to post this list on its website.|
|Government||AB 178||Passed||9/6/19||This bill requires residential construction to repair, restore or replace a residential building damaged or destroyed in a disaster area before January 1, 2020 to comply with the photovoltaic requirements in effect at the time the building was originally constructed.|
|Property Management||AB 1188||Passed||9/26/19||This bill would allow a tenant to temporarily permit a person at risk of homelessness to occupy the tenant's dwelling, with written approval of the landlord.|
|Practice||AB 892||Passed||10/9/19||This bill requires multiple listing services (MLS's) to maintain listing data for no less than three years from the date the listing was created. It also revises the Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS) and narrows the obligation of a broker to conduct an inspection of the property and disclose material facts only to those brokers working with a prospective buyer of residential one-to-four unit property or a manufactured home.|
|Taxation||SB 763||Amended||7/3/19||This bill allows discharges of principal residence indebtedness occurring between January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019 due to the loss of a principal residence in a federally declared disaster area to be excluded from the homeowner's gross income.|
|Government||SB 592||Amended||9/9/19||This bill prohibits a local agency from rejecting or conditioning a completed housing project and includes accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the definition of housing development project for purposes of the Housing Accountability Act.|
|Property Management||AB 1482||Passed||10/8/19||This bill prohibits a landlord from terminating the lease without cause of a tenant who has occupied the property for at least 12 months, and for no-fault just cause terminations, requires the landlord to provide one month's rent to cover relocation costs. Read more|
|Government||AB 548||Passed||9/4/19||This bill requires the California Residential Mitigation Program to to provide outreach to low-income households to increase awareness of the Earthquake Brace and Bolt program and to set aside 10% of the funds available to the program each year to provide grants to low-income homeowners to retrofit their properties.|
|Taxation||AB 872||Passed||10/9/19||This bill excludes stock transfers from a deceased parent to child that results in a change in ownership of property from the definition of "change in ownership" for property tax purposes.|
|Government||AB 101||Passed||7/31/19||This bill allows the Attorney General to take action against a city or county, including levying fines, when its housing element does not follow laws to meet regional housing need.|
|Property Management||SB 13||Passed||10/9/19||This bill authorizes the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in areas zoned for single family residences or multi-family residences. It also broadens application, occupancy, parking and minimum square footage requirements.|
|Finance||AB 1384||Amended||5/28/19||This bill defines a "consumer credit transaction" as a loan made to or incurred by a natural person in which the money loaned, property or service delivered is primarily for personal, family or household purposes.|
|Property Management||AB 1110||Passed||10/8/19||This bill requires a landlord increasing the rent of a month-to-month unit by 10% and no more than 15% to provide 90 days notice before the increase. Or, a landlord increasing the rent on a month-to-month unit by more than 15% needs to provide at least 120 days notice.|
|Finance||AB 699||Amended||1/6/20||This bill changes the definition of an individual using the services of a credit services organization, substituting the word "buyer" with the word "consumer." It would also required a credit services organization to provide a customer with an itemized receipt for each service performed, and to complete services within 60 days of contracting for the services.|
|Practice||AB 1018||Passed||9/6/19||This bill adds to the legal descriptions of an appraisal an exclusion for an opinion offered by a home inspector, on top of currently existing exclusions for opinions offered by real estate licensees, engineers and land surveyors.|
|Property Management||AB 1399||Passed||10/8/19||This bill specifies that a landlord who pays a penalty under an Ellis Act eviction is not exempted from offering their unit to the prior tenant when it returns to the market.|
|Taxation||AB 1590||Enrolled||9/12/19||This bill creates a first-time homebuyer tax credit of up to 3% of the purchase price or $5,000, distributed over three years for low- and moderate-income homebuyers.|
|Property Management||SB 274||Passed||10/3/19||This bill makes several rule changes for mobilehome park tenancies, including requirements for the manager to notify a previous tenant of a park rebuilt after a disaster via mail, telephone and email; sellers of mobilehomes to notify the park manager before a sale closes and for the manager to provide the seller or purchaser with standards the manager will use to approve the new tenancy; and the manager to grant approval to a prospective mobilehome tenant/purchaser unless they reasonably determine the applicant does not meet the park rules, they don't have the financial ability to pay rent and other charges, or they committed fraud during the application process.|
|Finance||SB 306||Passed||10/2/19||This bills allows a mortgage trustee to resign their position as trustee in lieu of a substitution.|
|Taxation||SB 364||Amended||6/18/19||This bill removes the inflation factor for property taxes for veterans who were honorably discharged and are currently 65 years of age or older.|
|Property Management||SB 479||Amended||3/28/19||This bill requires a lease with a provision for an automatic renewal or extension to be included in a 12-point boldface type, rather than the current requirement of an 8-point boldface type.|
|Property Management||SB 652||Passed||7/30/19||This bill prohibits a landlord from prohibiting displays of religious items on an entry door or door frame into a dwelling.|
|Property Management||SB 529||Amended||5/17/19||This bill allows tenants to form and be members of tenant associations, and prohibits landlords from attending meetings of a tenant association unless invited. Landlords will be prohibited from evicting or refusing to renew the lease of a tenant who is a member of a tenant association unless they have cause, stated in writing. Members of a tenant association may withhold rent in response to grievances for up to one month.|
|Taxation||SB 562||Amended||6/19/19||This bill increases the property tax exemption for principal residences of disabled veterans. The portion exempted from property taxes is increased from $150,000 for disabled veterans whose income does not exceed $40,000 and $100,000 for other disabled veterans to $250,000 for disabled veterans with incomes not exceeding $65,000 and $200,000 for other disabled veterans.|
|Taxation||SB 364||Amended||6/18/19||This bill removes the inflation factor from a property's assessed value beginning in assessment year 2020 for veterans 65 years of age and older on the mortgage date. It would also exempt a disabled veteran from paying property taxes on the full value of their principal residence.|
|Taxation||AB 399||Amended||3/21/19||This bill increases the renter's tax credit to $240 for joint filers or heads of households with adjusted gross incomes under $100,000, and $120 for individuals with incomes under $50,000.|
|Licensing||AB 687||Amended||1/7/20||This bill allows a limited liability company (LLC) to be licensed as a real estate broker.|
|Finance||AB 1384||Amended||5/28/19||This bill increases the loan limit for construction or rehabilitation projects which withhold over $100,000 at the start of the project from $2.5 million to $4.5 million.|
|Property Management||AB 53||Amended||4/22/19||This bill prohibits a landlord from requiring a potential tenant to disclose any criminal history during the application process.|
|Government||AB 68||Passed||10/9/19||This bill shortens the permitting time for approving an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). Read more.|
|Property Management||AB 338||Passed||9/20/19||This bill requires mobilehomes to have smoke alarms installed in each room used for sleeping that are sold or rented beginning January 1, 2020.|
|Government||AB 430||Passed||10/11/19||This bill requires the County of Butte to establish a streamlined housing approval process to assist in rebuilding following the Camp Fire.|
|Property Management||AB 446||Amended||6/28/19||This bill prohibits landlords from discriminating against individuals based on their status as a victim of domestic assault.|
|Taxation||AB 1317||Introduced||5/8/19||This bill excludes any money put into a homeownership savings account from taxpayer's gross income.|
|Taxation||AB 1734||Introduced||2/22/19||This bill extends a "welfare exemption" to qualifying property that provides rental housing for moderate-income residents.|
|Property Management||AB 705||Introduced||2/19/19||This bill increases the notice given to residents of a mobilehome park when an owner comes before a government body to seek to change the use of the property from 15 days to 60 days. It also requires the government body to determine whether changing the use would result in a housing shortage.|
|Taxation||AB 832||Amended||4/3/19||This bill gives a tax credit of up to 50% of the amount given to a developer to develop affordable housing, from 2020-2025.|
|Government||AB 881||Passed||10/9/19||This bill requires local agencies to loosen certain zoning laws to allow permitting of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Among the changes are prohibiting agencies from requiring parking when the ADU is located within 1/2 mile of public transit and no longer allowing agencies to require ADUs to be on owner-occupied property.|
|Government||AB 1020||Amended||3/25/19||This bill reorganizes various government agencies. Under the changes, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) would fall under the umbrella of the Housing Agency. Currently it is under direction of the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency.|
|Government||AB 1074||Introduced||2/21/19||This bill establishes a bond program to provide financing to homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property.|
|Taxation||AB 1206||Amended||4/10/19||This bill allows property owners a $500 tax credit for each property rented to tenants at below-market rent, up to $5,000.|
|Taxation||SB 5||Enrolled||9/13/19||This bill establishes a program to allocate property tax revenue to cities or counties which have established approved affordable housing authorities, transit village development districts or community revitalization and investment authorities, to then be resditributed back to the authority or district.|
|Property Management||SB 18||Passed||7/30/19||This bill requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to establish on their website a guide for state laws pertaining to landlords and the landlord-tenant relationship, and to survey and list links to California city websites with similar content.|
|Taxation||SB 294||Enrolled||9/11/19||This bill reduces the percentage of lower-income occupants in a development in order for the development to be eligible for the state's welfare exemption from 90% to a prorated level of 50%.|
|Property Management||SB 329||Passed||10/8/19||This bill redefines the term "source of income" in regards to housing discrimination laws to mean verifiable income paid directly to a tenant, or paid to a housing owner or landlord on behalf of a tenant, including federal, state, or local public assistance and housing subsidies|
|Taxation||SB 384||Amended||3/25/19||This bill increases the principal residence profit exclusion for first-time homeowners in California from $250,000 per taxpayer or $500,000 for joint filers to $300,000 per taxpayer or $600,000 for joint filers.|
|Government||SB 725||Introduced||2/22/19||This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a rental housing assistance program to veterans seeking rental housing, and to develop a publication about the program.|