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 Capitol Update
 CAPITOL UPDATE
Key Pieces of Proposed Legislation
TBy Kate Bell, Kate Bell Strategies (AAGLA Lobbyist)
he deadline to introduce legislation require cities and counties to create and administer a was February 19, 2021 and rental registry online portal, which would be designed committee hearings are now to receive specific information from landlords, including underway in Sacramento. In fact, state and local governmental agency landlords that the State’s Senate waived the 30- own or operate public housing, or landlords that own day in print rule so that bills can be or operate 5 or more rental dwelling units. The rental heard immediately. Below, please registry would capture information regarding residential
find several key pieces of proposed legislation that tenancies and would disseminate this information to
the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and its affiliates within the California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA) will be addressing this year.
The deadline to amend all spot bills in the State Senate is March 10, 2021, and in the Assembly is March 15, 2021. Because this article is being written prior to these dates, additional bills may be proposed that are of concern to us.
ASSEMBLY BILL 854 (LEE) - ELLIS ACT / WITHDRAWAL OF ACCOMMODATIONS
Although still in spot bill format, we anticipate that Assembly Bill 854 will be a problematic bill and, accordingly, we will likely oppose this bill on behalf of members of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and CalRHA.
ASSEMBLY BILL 838 (FRIEDMAN) - ENFORCEMENT OF COMPLAINTS
This bill would, beginning July 1, 2021, require a city or county that receives a complaint of a substandard building or a lead hazard violation from a tenant, resident, or occupant to inspect the building, and document the lead hazard violations or portion of the building that is determined to be substandard.
ASSEMBLY BILL 916 (SALAS) - ADU AND BEDROOM STREAMLINING
This is a CalRHA sponsored bill would alleviate burdens to accessory dwelling unit (ADU) creation increasing the height limitation from 16-feet to 20-feet for ADUs.
ASSEMBLY BILL 1188 (WICKS) - RENT REGISTRY.
Although, this bill has been defeated for several years in a row now, Assembly Member Wicks has reintroduced her rent registry bill. However, instead of the state administering the rent registry, this time the bill would
the general public. The bill would require that a rental registry online portal be created by January 1, 2024. The bill would further require landlords, under penalty of perjury, to provide various information regarding the location of rental property, its ownership, and occupancy, among other things.
ASSEMBLY BILL 1199 (GIPSON) - HOMES FOR FAMILIES AND CORPORATE MONOPOLY TRANSPARENCY EXCISE TAX
Assembly Bill 1199 would impose an annual excise tax on property owners for the privilege of renting or leasing out qualified property at an unspecified rate based on the gross receipts. Assembly Bill 1199 would also require specified rental property providers to report annually to the Secretary of State and would require the Secretary of State to create a searchable database, updated annually through the Secretary of State’s website.
RENT ASSISTANCE UPDATE
The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles and CalRHA continues to advocate for streamlined rent assistance in the state. The Housing and Community Development Department has secured vendors in order to provide an online application process beginning March 15th. For additional information, please visit the State’s website at: https://www.bcsh.ca.gov/ covidrelief/.
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Kate Bell Strategies and Capitol Advocacy has been consistently ranked among California’s top lobbying firms. The firms specialize in lobbying, strategic planning, coalition building, budget advocacy, procurement, and political involvement. Kate Bell Strategies and Capitol Advocacy represent the interests of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles in association through its affiliation with the California Rental Housing Association. Both firms are based in Sacramento.











































































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