New Laws for Renters, Homeowners and landlords

Renters and homeowners have a host of new laws to protect them in 2016, which means more work for landlords and real estate agents.

Nearly 400 real estate workers gathered Tuesday at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center to hear the latest federal and state rules.

Gov Hutchinson, assistant general counsel for the California Association of Realtors, explained the laws to a crowd of real estate agents, mortgage consultants and landlords. The event was put on by the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors.

Mold (SB 655)

Hutchinson said mold is now a factor in declaring a property unfit for a renter. A landlord could even face misdemeanor criminal penalties if mold is not cleared out.

However, he said a health officer actually has to come out to a property to declare it uninhabitable because of mold. A renter will not be successful in court, he said, unless a health official says the unit poses a risk.

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