UPDATE: Governor signs flood-zone notification bill

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Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that aims to ensure tenants know about any flood risk to residential property they are considering to rent.

Under AB 646 by Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, a landlord with “actual knowledge” that his or her property is in a flood-hazard area will have to disclose this information to prospective tenants.

Assemblyman Ash Kalra

Property owners with actual knowledge include those notified by a government agency, as well as owners required to carry flood insurance for the property.

Under AB 646, the owner will have to make this disclosure in the rental agreement beginning July 1, 2018.

CAA will update its rental agreement to accommodate this notification requirement.

“A month after the floods in San Jose, I walked up and down the streets and saw victims trying to get their lives together,” Kalra said in this Mercury News article.

“That’s when I learned the tenants had no idea they lived in flood zones and started working on this bill. Renters deserve to have the same information landlords have.”

Sometimes, however, landlords also don’t know whether their property is in a flood zone. That information can change, too, based on conditions of local hazards.

At the California Apartment Association’s request, Kalra amended the bill so that it would only apply to landlords with actual knowledge that their property is in a flood zone.

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