Earlier this week, AB 2819 (Chiu) passed off the Assembly floor and now goes to the Senate. AB 2819, also known as the “masking bill,” seeks to keep tenant court records in eviction lawsuits from becoming public unless the landlord prevails within 60 days of having filed the lawsuit (existing law provides for the release of court records unless the tenant prevails within 60 days after filing of the complaint). SDCAA is strongly opposed to this bill. While the author has taken some amendments, they do not go far enough to ensure that a property owner is not renting to a serial defaulter. This bill serves to do one thing: hide non-payment of rent from the next property owner. SDCAA will work to stop this bill in the Senate.
On a better note, Governor Brown last week signed SB 269 (Roth), a bipartisan measure supported by SDCAA and designed to give small businesses with fewer than 50 employees time to fix access violations. Businesses that hire a certified access specialist will have 120 days to make specified minor repairs to their establishments. In 2013-14 several dozen businesses (including apartment buildings) in the Riverside area, which Senator Roth represents, were hit with ADA related lawsuits by two plaintiffs, similar to what has been experienced throughout the San Diego region.
Lastly, SDCAA wishes to express its thanks to all the members who wrote to their Senator asking them to oppose SB 1053 (Leno), which would mandate property owners accept Section 8. The bill is still on “suspense” in the Senate Appropriations Committee. We hope your letters will help keep the bill from moving forward. Should it go to the Senate floor, we will again call on our members to make their voices heard in the State Capitol.