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SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FOLLOWING NEW LAWS FOR 2015
(This page will be updated from time to time with new information or analysis.)

LANDLORDS TO ALLOW RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS
TO INSTALL ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Civil Code 1947.6 provides that for residential leases entered into, extended or renewed on or after after July 1, 2015 where there are 5 or more parking spaces and not limited by other exceptions, a landlord shall approve a request for the tenant to install, at the tenant's expense, an electric vehicle charging station.  The tenant must follow the requirements stated in this code as well as the guidelines of the landlord.  Further, a tenant must be in compliance with local, State and Federal laws. The tenant must also provide renters insurance in a minimum of $1,000,000 coverage. COMMERCIAL TENANCIES Civil Code 1952.7 provides a manner and various regulations whereby a commercial tenant may install electric vehicle charging stations at the leased property.

TENANT PAYING UTILITY BILL UNDER THIS CODE MAY BE ABLE TO DEDUCT IT FROM THE RENT
Civil Code 1942.2  Provides that under certain specified circumstances, a tenant who pays a utility bill may deduct that from
the rent as provided in the relevant specified Public Utilities and Government Code sections.

LANDLORDS ARE PROHIBITED FROM DISCRIMINATION
BASED ON SPECIALLY AUTHORIZED DRIVERS LICENSE

SB60 provides that the DMV may issue a Drivers License to those who cannot provide a Social Security number if they can meet
other requirements set out in the Vehicle Codes.  The Licenses will be identified as having been issued under this law. Further, "It shall be a violation of law, including, but not limited to, a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Section 51 of the Civil Code), to discriminate against an individual because he or she holds or presents a license issued under this section."

LANDLORDS AND CONDO HOA'S TO ALLOW "PERSONAL AGRICULTURE"
AB 2561 requires a landlord to permit a tenant to participate in personal agriculture in portable containers
approved by the landlord in the tenant’s outdoor private area, as defined in one or two unit buildings, if certain conditions are met.This bill makes void any provision of a governing document of a common interest development
(Condos) that effectively prohibits or unreasonably restricts the use of a homeowner’s backyard for personal agriculture.

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