Assembly bill would require training for landlords
An Assembly bill proposed this year would mandate that landlords and property managers receive training on fair practices and tenant rights.
AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would require the Department of Real Estate to administer a certification program for the training. The department would also be authorized to identify and approve providers of the educational coursework.
Under the bill, landlords and property managers would have to be certified every two years, and anyone caught managing property without the certification would face a fine of $1,000.
As written, the bill would provide one year to implement the program. That timetable may be unrealistically aggressive.
“Outreach to these owners and managers – which could easily number in the millions — will be challenging, if not impossible, given the one-year period of time provided in the bill for the development and delivery of classroom or live webinar training,” CAA says in a letter to the author.
Moreover, the bill’s educational requirements may be duplicative.
“While CAA does not object to a requirement for education, and, in fact, encourages it for anyone involved in the operation of rental housing, AB 2618 fails to include specifics for the training program and mandates training for individuals who already have state-mandated education and licenses,” the letter says.