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Rent Control & Just Cause Eviction Protections: AB 1482 Has Been Signed!
by Posted By Lynda Carson
Thursday Oct 10th, 2019 1:34 AM
Many tenants live in fear that they are just one rent-gouging increase or one discriminatory or arbitrary eviction notice away from losing their home. AB 1482's statewide anti-gouging and just cause protection provisions will change all of this. Our homes are where we lay our heads down at night, where we feel safe, and where our families and children feel safe! California's tenants deserve and need these critical protections. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020.
From: Rob Bonta - Assemblymember 18th District

Tenants Make History! AB 1482 Has Been Signed!

Dear Friends,

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed landmark legislation, AB 1482, to protect tenants in California from rent gouging and unjust evictions!

Together, we've made history by extending these vital protections to 8 million Californians. Together, we've created a new law that is potentially the most impactful tenant protection we're ever seen in California, and the strongest in the Nation.

I'm proud to be a joint author of this transformative legislation. And I'm thankful for the partnership and leadership of my fellow joint authors including lead author David Chiu as well as Tim Grayson, Buffy Wicks and Richard Bloom.

Many tenants live in fear that they are just one rent-gouging increase or one discriminatory or arbitrary eviction notice away from losing their home. AB 1482's statewide anti-gouging and just cause protection provisions will change all of this. Our homes are where we lay our heads down at night, where we feel safe, and where our families and children feel safe! California's tenants deserve and need these critical protections.

I want to thank the Governor and our two legislative leader! Speaker Anthony Rendon and the Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, for making sure the voices of tenants were not only heard, but prioritized and acted upon!

Again, I want to thank the hundreds and thousands of advocates from Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro and across California who helped us get AB 1482 signed into law. You never backed down - You never let up - and You never gave up.

We did this together. And we are not finished. The power of this coalition must continue to work to provide basic securities for California's tenants. Please check out my 2019 legislative package here to see what else we have worked on this year to fight for your rights.

With Gratitude,
Rob Bonta
Assemblymember, 18th District
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The new law will extend rental and eviction protections from less than the present 15% of residents who currently have some form of rent regulation to suddenly encompass over half of the state's residents. Details of the new law were circulated in earlier posts following the Bill's passage in the Legislature.

For Oakland, appx 12,000 to 20, 000-uncovered residents will now have protections under the new law, however, much of the horrid "Costa Hawkins Housing Act" -- the principal cause of California's rental epidemic -- unfortunately tho significantly crippled, will remain in force. The new law takes effect January 1, 2020, however, to prevent cheating and landlords rushing to impose big increases in advance of the January date, current rents are "frozen." The legal rent for all units under the new law is the rent that was legitimately charged on March 15, 2019, the year of the Bill's initial approvals. Under Costa Hawkins, rents could be raised without limit between tenants. Under AB1482, (except for Single Family homes and a few exceptions), rental increases are limited to 5% annually plus the Consumer Price index, but in no event can exceed 10%.

While 5% to 10% increases will be a significant relief to the 50% to 100% raises many tenants have faced, such increases annually are still a big hit. Even so, the major flaw with AB1482 is that the newly protected tenants are all alone. There is no agency the now-protected tenants can appeal to or petition to assure that their new rights are respected. The new law provides a defense in a court action against errant or uninformed landlords.

However ... There Is A Simple Remedy. The City Council can easily adopt the provisions of AB1482, and conform sections of current RAP ordinances that would be improved by sections of AB1482 that exceed current RAP provisions. The simple fix would insure equitable justice to practically all Oakland's tenants.

LET'S DO IT ...

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