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AB 1482 - Passed Assembly. Here is a summary.




SUMMARY:

This bill limits rent-gouging in California by placing an upper limit on annual rent increases: 5% plus inflation. To prevent landlords from engaging in rent-gouging by evicting tenants, this bill also requires that a landlord have and state a just cause, as specified, in order to evict tenants who have occupied the premises for a year. Both the rent cap and the just cause provisions are subject to exemptions including, among others: housing built in the past 15 years, single family residences unless owned by a real estate trust or a corporation. This bill sunsets after ten years and does not preempt any local rent control or just cause ordinances.


The Senate Amendments:


1) Incorporate provisions requiring property owners to have a just cause to evict a tenant, as

follows:


a) Specify that these provisions are effective after 12 months of tenancy, or up to 24 months

in a circumstance where there is a change in the adult tenant;

b) Specify the specific kind of causes that are grounds for eviction, including "no-fault" and

"at-fault" evictions;

c) Require one month's rent relocation payment or rent waiver in the case of a no-fault just

cause eviction, such as owner move-in or capital improvements;

d) Specify that these provisions do not supersede any local just cause ordinance enacted

before September 1, 2019; and,

e) Specify that these provisions expire after 10 years.


2) Specify the units which are exempted from the rent cap and just cause provisions of this bill, including:


a) All single family homes not owned by a corporation or real estate investment trust;

b) All duplexes in which the owner occupies one of the units; and,

c) All units for 15 years after receiving their first certificate of occupancy.

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