Updated June 9, 2019.
Multiple bills were introduced and amended in May-June 2019, including:
- AB 1018, which excludes an opinion offered by a home inspector from the legal definition of an appraisal;
- AB 1590, which grants a first-time homebuyer tax credit to low- and moderate-income homebuyers equal to $5,000 or up to 3% of the purchase price; and
- SB 479, which prohibits landlords from creating rules prohibiting religious items on an entry door or doorframe.
Here’s a 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 every month.
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.
|Practice||AB 1018||Amended||6/3/19||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||Amended||4/25/19||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||Amended||5/7/19||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||Amended||5/7/19||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||Introduced||2/15/19||This bills allows a mortgage trustee to resign their position as trustee in lieu of a substitution.|
|Taxation||SB 364||Amended||5/17/19||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 479||Amended||4/22/19||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||3/25/19||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||5/17/19||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||Introduced||2/15/19||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||Amended||5/16/19||This bill shortens the permitting time for approving an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).|
|Property Management||AB 338||Amended||5/16/19||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||Amended||4/30/19||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||6/3/19||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||Amended||4/11/19||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||Amended||5/24/19||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||Amended||5/21/19||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||Introduced||2/14/19||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||Introduced||5/17/19||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.|