New California Real Estate Laws – How They Help You and Your Investments

For those that work in California real estate – listen up! Whether you’re a landlord or renter, real estate laws are always changing and 2018 definitely brought some important ones. But don’t worry, because change is good. We’re going to break down the ways that these new California real estate laws can help with your investments!

New California Real Estate Laws and how they can help you and your investments

Immigration

The Tenant Immigration Status is a law that helps fight discrimination. How does that work?

For example, if your landlord becomes aware that a tenant doesn’t have legal immigration status after they’ve occupied the dwelling, they can’t use the info to threaten the tenant.

This means that the landlord should know they have to screen their potential tenants first. Once the tenant has occupied the dwelling, they can’t threaten to kick them out because the landlord didn’t do their job by checking the citizenship of the tenant.

Now when a tenant doesn’t pay their rent, that’s a whole other problem!

Marijuana

Marijuana is legal for recreational use in the state of California. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to allow your tenants to smoke in their rental.

If you’ve ever rented before, you’ve probably seen the clause where it’s a “smoke-free” environment. Marijuana now falls under that.

If you don’t want your tenants smoking marijuana on your property, make that known in the lease.

Flood Zones

Under AA 646, lease agreements must have information that the property is in a flood zone or if flooding exists in the area.

Basically, if the landlord has to have flood insurance for their rental, they need to inform the tenants prior to moving in.

The landlord’s insurance is not required to cover the tenant’s personal possessions. It’s up to the landlord to inform the tenants just in case they want to purchase their own protection.

Employment

Believe it or not, there are new employment laws in California too. So if you’ve hired a property manager or any other employee, here’s what the new law says:

“California employers are not allowed to ask about criminal history or salary history during the hiring process. There is also a required parental leave for businesses with at least 20 people.”

Bed Bugs

No one wants to admit they have a bed bug problem. In fact, it doesn’t look good on the landlords part.

As of July 2017, landlords are supposed to be following new guidelines for bed bugs:

  • Educate the tenants about bed bugs
  • They can’t show a property if there’s an infestation
  • landlords can’t retaliate on a tenant who has reported an infestation
  • They don’t have to inspect for bed bugs if they haven’t seen them or received a tenant complaint
  • Landlords must tell tenants to cooperate with inspection and treatment

 

Need help with the new California real estate laws?

Being a landlord or even a real state agent can be stressful. At the Law Office of Lisa Wills, we’re here to help all California real estate agents or buyers. We can assist you with aspects of the existing and new California real estates laws.

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary telephone consultation! We’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you have on hand.

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