CAA defeats ‘just cause’ eviction bill, Ellis bill also dies on the Assembly floor
The California Apartment Association on Thursday defeated a bill that would have imposed “just cause” eviction requirements across the state, making it more difficult and costly to evict bad tenants.
A second eviction-related bill that, as originally written, would have expanded the notice requirements for removing tenants under the Ellis Act, also died on the Assembly Floor.
A third eviction-related bill — originally drafted to prolong the eviction process — was amended to simply provide minor amendments to the service of the eviction summons, rendering it of minor concern to members of CAA.
The most threatening of the bills, AB 2925 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, would have required rental owners statewide to list a “cause” or a reason when deciding to terminate a tenancy.
CAA and its allies argued that AB 2925 would lead to significantly higher rents and put good tenants in danger by making it extremely difficult to remove bad tenants who are engaged in illegal activity.
CAA also organized grassroots opposition to the bill, including a letter-writing campaign to lawmakers.
The work paid off, as AB 2925 died on the Assembly floor Thursday, garnering 16 yes votes, 36 no votes and 26 abstentions.
Also dying on the Assembly floor Thursday was AB 2364 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica. As originally drafted, the bill would have expanded the notice requirements and penalties for removing tenants under the Ellis Act, the California state law that allows landlords to exit the rental housing market.
Although CAA secured significant amendments to this bill, the bill was rejected on the Assembly floor with 25 yes votes, 36 no votes and 17 abstentions.
A third eviction-related bill, AB 2343 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, advanced from the Assembly to Senate on Thursday, but only after the author overhauled the bill.
As originally proposed, AB 2343 would have added about a month to an already-lengthy eviction process, and would have allowed tenants to pay rent in the middle of the month. Those provisions were all deleted from the bill.
CAA had worked through the holiday weekend and into this week to to secure dramatic changes to AB 2343.