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SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FOLLOWING NEW LAWS FOR 2016
(This page may be updated from time to time with new information or analysis.)

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION IN HOUSING
SB 600 Adds
"citizenship, primary language, or immigration status"  as additional protected
classes to the Unruh Civil Rights Act set forth in Civil Code section 51

PESTICIDE USE BY LANDLORD - NOTICE TO TENANTS
SB 328  covers situations where a Landlord or their authorized agent uses pesticides on their own without a pest control license.  Before applying such pesticide, certain specified notices must be given at specified times and to specified persons prior to the use of such chemicals.

MOLD RECOGNIZED AS A SUBSTANDARD HOUSING CONDITION
SB 655 states that the presence of Mold can be a substandard housing condition.  The landlord would have responsibility regarding a specified mold presence in violation of this Code after the "...lessor has notice of the dilapidation" except where "...the presence of mold that is minor and found on surfaces that can accumulate moisture as part of their properly functioning and intended use."  and that which was caused by a tenant in violation of Civil Code 1941.2.

CLOTHESLINES AND DRYING RACKS IN RENTALS AND CONDOMINIUMS

AB 1448 requires a landlord to permit a tenant to utilize a clothesline or drying rack, as defined, approved by the landlord in the tenant’s private area, as defined, if certain conditions are met. This law also allows clotheslines or drying racks in Condominiums owner's backyards that are designated for the exclusive use of the owner subject to reasonable restrictions.

PROTECTIONS PROVIDED FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AND OTHER ABUSES EXTENDED

AB 418
 Extends Civil Code 1946.7 and shortens the notice required from an impacted tenant
(to terminate the tenancy) from 30 to 14 days.

DISCRIMINATION PROTECTION TO RENTERS SEEKING TO BUY INSURANCE
AB 447
  In certain cases, this law prohibits an insurance company from discriminating on selling insurance (i.e. Renter's Insurance) based on "...the level or source of income and the receipt of government or public assistance by an individual or group of individuals residing or intending to reside upon the property,"

INTERNET SHORT TERM RENTAL SITES TO ADD DISCLAIMER TO LISTING
SB 761 
Requires a disclaimer to be added within the listing platform as defined by the law as follows: "If you are a tenant who is listing a room, home, condominium, or apartment, please refer to your rental contract or lease, or contact your landlord, prior to listing the property to determine whether your lease or contract contains restrictions that would limit your ability to list your room, home, condominium, or apartment. Listing your room, home, condominium, or apartment may be a violation of your lease or contract, and could result in legal action against you by your landlord, including possible eviction."

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