CAA provides initial look at key rental housing related legislation for 2018


Lawmakers last week introduced a plethora of rental housing-related bills, including legislation that would double the renters’ tax credit, mandate training for landlords, and help remove gun-owning tenants from apartment buildings.

These are just some of the landlord-tenant related proposals introduced before the Feb 16 legislative filing deadline.

Sen. Steven Glazer

The tax credit bill, SB 1182 by state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, would increase the credit to $120 for renters filing their taxes as individuals and $240 for joint filers. It would be the first increase in the credit since 1979.

“This increase is long overdue,” Glazer said in a statement. “The last time renters got a break, Jimmy Carter was president, and Jerry Brown was 41 years old. Rents have skyrocketed since then, but the renter’s tax credit has remained frozen in time.”

The increase in the renter’s tax credit would cost the state general fund an estimated $230 million a year, Glazer’s office said.

A second renter’s tax credit was also introduced by Sen. Joel Anderson, R-La Mesa.  His bill would increase the credit from $120 to $500 for joint filers and from $60 to $250 for individuals.

Here’s an initial look at some of the other bills identified by CAA’s Government Affairs Department as relevant to the rental housing industry:

Mandatory landlord training: AB 2618 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, would require landlords and property managers to receive training every two years on the topics of fair housing, evictions and notices, and tenant rights.

Third-party payments: AB 2219 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would prohibit a landlord from refusing to accept payment from a third party for a tenant’s rent if the third party provides the landlord or agent with a signed acknowledgment that acceptance of the rent does not establish a landlord-tenant relationship between the landlord and the third party.

Right to call law enforcement: AB 2413 by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, would prohibit a landlord from limiting or prohibiting or threatening to limit a tenant’s right to summon law enforcement or other emergency assistance for a victim of abuse or a victim of a crime. It further prohibits a local agency from labeling the property as a nuisance based on these calls.

Evicting tenants with guns: AB 2930 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, intends to extend the current process that allows a landlord to request a city attorney or local prosecutor in designated cities to file an unlawful-detainer action against tenants who possess illegal firearms and ammunition.