New California Laws 2018


Mandatory disclosures to tenants: 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. 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.


Recreational use: Provisions of Proposition 64 regarding the lawful sale and subsequent taxation of recreational marijuana in California go into effect Jan. 1. Legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use, however, doesn’t impede a property owner’s ability to ban the smoking of marijuana on the property. In fact, the proposition expressly allows owners of private property to prohibit any of the actions related to marijuana otherwise permitted by the initiative.

Micro apartments: In addition to the housing-accountability bills, Brown signed CAA-sponsored legislation Monday to increase the state’s stock of micro apartments. AB 352 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, will help prevent local governments from establishing roadblocks to “efficiency dwelling units,” which usually measure 220 square feet or less. These units are used by some cities to provide housing for university students as well as shelter and services for homeless individuals.

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