There are new laws governing real estate — from emotional support animals to appraisal discrimination — that took effect at the start of this month and could make a big difference for renters and housing in general.
When an appraiser comes to a house to figure out its worth, there are a lot of things to consider — but skin color is not supposed to be one of them.
This new law is aimed at stopping discrimination over race, or bias, among appraisers. One highly publicized case in the San Francisco Bay Area has a Black family suing an appraiser after they felt they were given a lower appraisal value. Their evidence? They asked a White friend to pretend to be the homeowner for a second appraisal and saw their home’s value increase by more than $500,000.
Home Owner Association emails:
If it seems like you get a lot of mail from your homeowner association, you probably aren’t alone.
This state senate bill requires an HOA to send materials by email if that is preferred by an individual member. They can still get everything by snail mail if they want, and if you don’t tell your HOA, the default will stay snail mail.