Updated March 27, 2019.

Multiple bills were introduced in the first quarter of this legislative session, including:

  • AB 1317, which excludes any money a taxpayer puts into a homeownership savings account from their taxable gross income;
  • AB 1020, which reorganizes various government agencies, placing the Department of Real Estate (DRE) under the umbrella of the newly separated Housing Agency; and
  • SB 384, which 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.

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.

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.

CategoryBill StatusStatus DateDescription
Property ManagementAB 53Introduced12/3/18This bill prohibits a landlord from requiring a potential tenant to disclose any criminal history during the application process.
GovernmentAB 68Introduced12/3/18This bill shortens the permitting time for approving an accessory dwelling unit (ADU).
Property ManagementAB 338Amended3/18/19This bill requires mobilehomes to have smoke alarms installed in each room used for sleeping that are sold or rented beginning January 1, 2020.
GovernmentAB 430Amended3/18/19This bill requires the County of Butte to establish a streamlined housing approval process to assist in rebuilding following the Camp Fire.
Property ManagementAB 446Introduced2/11/19This bill prohibits landlords from discriminating against individuals based on their status as a victim of domestic assault.
TaxationAB 1317FlagIntroduced2/22/19This bill excludes any money put into a homeownership savings account from taxpayer's gross income.
TaxationAB 1734Introduced2/22/19This bill extends a "welfare exemption" to qualifying property that provides rental housing for moderate-income residents.
Property ManagementAB 705Introduced2/19/19This 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.
TaxationAB 832Introduced2/20/19This bill gives a tax credit of up to 50% of the amount given to a developer to develop affordable housing, from 2020-2025.
GovernmentAB 881Introduced2/20/19This 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.
GovernmentAB 1020FlagAmended3/25/19This 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.
GovernmentAB 1074Introduced2/21/19This bill establishes a bond program to provide financing to homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property.
TaxationAB 1206Introduced2/21/19This bill allows property owners a $500 tax credit for each property rented to tenants at below-market rent, up to $5,000.
TaxationSB 5Amended3/21/19This 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 ManagementSB 18Amended3/25/19This 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.
TaxationSB 294Introduced2/14/19This 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 ManagementSB 329Introduced2/15/19This 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
TaxationSB 384FlagAmended3/25/19This 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.
GovernmentSB 722Introduced2/22/19This 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.