California 2020-2021 Legislation
AB 725 (Chapter 193) Planning
This act addresses the deficit of medium-density housing by imposing new requirements for a jurisdiction’s preparation of an inventory of land suitable for residential development.
AB 1851 (Chapter 196) “Yes In God’s Back Yard”
This bill makes it easier for faith-based organizations to build affordable housing on their parking lots. The legislation would reduce or eliminate various local parking requirements that would otherwise preclude development of housing parking lots, and prevent cities from forcing faith-based organizations to later make up lost parking spaces when a parking lot is developed for housing.
AB 2345 (Chapter 197) Density
This act revises a number of State Density Bonus Law provisions to provide additional entitlement benefits for projects that include qualifying affordable housing.
AB 3074 (Chapter 259) Fire Prevention
Homeowners in high fire hazard areas must create a five-foot “ember resistant zone” surrounding their home and outdoor decks, with guidelines from state officials phased in over the next two years.
AB 3088 (Chapter 37) COVID-19 Responses
The first bill of the package to be signed into law by the governor, establishes eviction and foreclosure protections on a temporary basis for tenants and property owners facing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and reformulates the rules governing the residential eviction process. Separately, AB 1561 implements a uniform statewide extension on certain housing entitlements by 18 months to address the “pandemic induced recession.”
AB 3182 (Chapter 198) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
This act would limit the ability of a Common Interest Development (CID), such as a condominium or planned unit development, to prohibit individual homeowners from renting or leasing their homes. Advocates hope that this could create new housing opportunities by creating more home rentals that are prohibited from being leased under homeowners association (HOA) rules.
CCC 1946.7 Tenant Obligations
A California law that allows a victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse and other crimes to get out of a housing lease early that now includes immediate family members of murder victims and other violent crimes.
SB 1079 ( Chapter 202) Residential Property: Foreclosure
This bill, until January 1, 2026, for purposes of the exercise of a power of sale as described above, would prohibit a trustee from bundling properties for the purpose of sale, instead requiring each property to be bid on separately, unless the deed of trust or mortgage provides otherwise.
On November 3, 2020, California Residents passed Proposition 19 (2020) The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act. Proposition 19 allows homeowners who are over 55, disabled or victims of natural disasters to transfer their property tax base with them when they sell their home and purchase a new one. This constitutional amendment would also prevent people who inherit family properties from keeping the low property tax base unless they use the home as their primary residence and the market value is less than $1 million.
Please contact your local assessor’s office for more information on Proposition 19 and its benefits.