SFAA Government Affairs
SFAA’s Government affairs staff advocates at City Hall and City departments like Building Inspection, Planning, and Public Health on legislation, policies, and ballot measures that impact rental housing providers citywide.
AB 2219 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2219 )
AB 2219 was introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco. The proposal would prohibit a landlord from refusing to accept payment from a third party of a tenant’s rent if the third party does not reside on the premises, and if the third party provides the landlord with a signed acknowledgment that acceptance of the rent does not establish a landlord-tenant relationship between the landlord and the third party.
AB 2925 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2925 )
The “just cause” bill comes from Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda. Under the legislation, rental property owners could only proceed with an eviction after providing the tenant with a written notice outlining the reason for the termination. Such requirements, found in San Francisco and a number of California rent control cities, provide a limited number of reasons for which a property owner can terminate a tenancy. These limitations can make it difficult — if not impossible — to evict bad tenants, including those suspected of criminal activity, such as drug-dealing – unless other tenants and witnesses are willing to testify at trial.
AB 2343 (hyperlink http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2343 )
Authored by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, AB 2343 would force landlords to wait longer before starting the eviction process. The bill would bring the wait time to 10 days when a tenant has failed to pay the rent, and five days when a tenant has violated the lease. After the process starts, tenants would have an additional 14 days, instead of the current five days, to respond to the eviction lawsuit.
AB 2364 and 2365 (no link)
AB 2364 by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, would weaken the Ellis Act, a law that protects a property owner’s right to leave the rental housing industry. AB 2365 would triple the amount of notice owners must give tenants before using the Ellis Act. Currently, landlords must give most tenants four months’ notice; under Bloom’s bill, the notice requirement would expand to one year.
The lawmakers behind these eviction-related bills, Bloom, Bonta and Chiu, were also the authors of AB 1506, a bill that sought to overturn the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, a 1995 law that protects Californians from extreme versions of rent control.
CAA Launches SaveCostaHawkins.org (hyperlink www.savecostahawkins.org)
Tenant advocates are now attempting to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act through a statewide ballot measure targeted for the November 2018 election.
Signature gathering to qualify the initiative began after the state attorney general issued a title and summary for measure which you can find here (hyperlink https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/initiatives/pdfs/Title%20and%20Summary%20%2817-0041%29.pdf)
Qualifying the ballot measure for the fall became the focus of tenant groups in January after CAA and its allies defeated AB 1506, a bill that would have overturned Costa-Hawkins and brought extreme forms of rent control back to California.
The bill fell just one vote shy of advancing to the Assembly floor, leaving tenant activists and their allies more determined than ever to overturn California’s most important landlord-protection law.
The California Apartment Association is assembling a campaign plan to defeat the initiative. Within 30 to 45 days, CAA will begin securing assistance from rental property owners throughout the state. Stay tuned for more information and instructions on how you can help.
SFAA Political Action Committee and Legal Fund
SFAA’s Political Action Committee works to support and recommend local candidates and ballot measures to foster a friendlier environment for rental housing providers. SFAA’s Legal Fund is used to litigate against laws that have passed at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that infringe upon the rights of property owners.