First batch of 2019-20 housing bills unveiled at Capitol

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One bill proposes rent control, although details are lacking

The first set of bills have been introduced at the state Capitol, and as expected, there is no shortage of housing bills, including a proposal to “stabilize rents.”

Although the bills were unveiled this month, no action on the proposals will occur until 2019.

The California Apartment Association’s Legislative Committee will do a full review of the bills after the holidays. In the meantime, here is an overview:

Rent control

AB 36 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, aims to enact legislation to stabilize rental prices. No details are yet included in this rent control bill. In 2017, Bloom carried AB 1506, a bill that would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and brought radical rent control back to California.

Criminal background

AB 53 by Assemblymen Reginald Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles and Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, like past proposals, would prohibit the owner of a rental housing accommodation from inquiring about, or requiring an applicant for rental housing accommodation to disclose, a criminal record during the initial application assessment phase, as defined, unless otherwise required by state or federal law. The bill would permit an owner of a rental housing accommodation, after the successful completion of the initial application assessment phase, to request a criminal background check of the applicant and consider an applicant’s criminal record in deciding whether to rent or lease to the applicant.

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