Several bills have been introduced to address affordable housing, including San Diego Senator Toni Atkin's bill SB 2 (Building Homes and Jobs Act) which would assess a $75 fee on a number of real estate transactions to fund affordable housing. SDCAA is reviewing the bill as it impacts over twenty types of document filings, although owner occupied single family home sales are currently exempt in the proposal.
SB 35 has been introduced by newly elected San Francisco area Senator Scott Wiener. The bill would streamline, incentivize, and remove local barriers to housing creation, although specific details and bill language has not been published as of yet. SDCAA is closely monitoring this bill and hopeful that it will be crafted in a way to truly help create much needed housing throughout the state.
SDCAA is also working on AB 291 (Chiu) with regards to housing and immigration. The California Legislature has introduced a number of bills and resolutions in response to recent federal immigration issues. This bill addresses immigration in rental housing by proposing a myriad of changes to exisitng law. Some of those changes include:
- Prohibiting a landlord from serving a notice to quit the property or from initiating an unlawful detainer action on the basis of the immigration or citizenship status or perceived immigration or citizenship status of a tenant.
- Authorizing a tenant to assert as an affirmative defense in an unlawful detainer action.
- Prohibiting a lessor from threatening to disclose information regarding or relating to the perceived immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, occupant, or other person associated with a tenant or occupant for the purpose of influencing a tenant to vacate a dwelling.
- Making it unlawful for a lessor to disclose the immigration or citizenship status or perceived immigration or citizenship status of any tenant, occupant, or other person known to a tenant or occupant to any immigration authority, law enforcement agency, or other local, state, or federal agency, unless the lessor makes that disclosure or engages in conduct at the express and specific direction or request of the federal government.
These are just a few of the bills SDCAA will be working on this legislative session on your behalf. Keep up with these issues and more via our magazine, eNewsletters, and via our Advocacy Center. Click here to sign up to be an SDCAA Advocate; you will receive legislative updates and important "Calls-to-Action" that will keep you updated and involved in our statewide advocacy efforts.