Popular Landlord-Tenant Guide Updated
The California Department of Real Estate recently released the updated version of “California Tenants: A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities.” The popular guide was last published by the California Department of Consumer Affairs in 2012 but became somewhat obsolete in the last few years.
Numerous substantive changes to landlord-tenant law are included in the new version of “California Tenants.” The 2019 Tenant Protection Act (known as AB 1482) provides protections for certain long-term tenants by limiting rent increases and requiring landlords to state a cause for termination in certain cases (and sometimes even paying relocation benefits).
The publication also alerts consumers of emergency legislation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On August 31, 2020, the California legislature passed the “Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (known as AB 3088),” which included the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. Tenants who experience financial distress due to the pandemic (e.g. income loss) may have eviction protections under the Tenant Relief Act or a nationwide order issued on September 4, 2020 by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
In addition to the major updates listed above, other parts of California landlord-tenant law have changed as well. The California Tenants booklet is currently available online, and it is expected to be available in print later this year.
To review the revised California Tenants guide, visit the Dept. of Real Estate’s Housing is Key website at https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/resources/guidebook/index.html
If you are a landlord or tenant (aged 60+) who needs help navigating the complex California landlord-tenant laws, please contact our office for a review of your specific situation.