Three bills that go before the judiciary committees Tuesday, May 7 --and have detrimental provisions for the rental housing industry -- include:
- SB 603 (Leno-D), which would require that landlords pay interest on security deposits while dramatically increasing penalties, even for honest mistakes.
- SB 750 (Wolk-D), which would mandate the installation of submeters on all new multifamily units and -- as currently written -- ban ratio utility billing systems, or RUBS.
- AB 969 (Ammiano-D), which would encourage jury trials for eviction cases when a tenant claims he or she withheld rent because a landlord failed to make repairs to an apartment. The bill implies landlords are at fault, and by encouraging trial by jury, would greatly delay evictions.