700 Bills Sent To Governor

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700 is the number of bills that were sent to the Governor during the final days of the 2012 legislative session.

102 is the number of bills that we were active in that were related to our business—landlord and tenant.

35 is the number of bills that we were active in that were sent to the Governor for his signature.

35 is the number of bills the Governor signed that we cared deeply about pertaining to our business.

1 is the number of bills introduced this year to which we successfully obtained an amendment that will not require us to pay $275.00 per day per tenant household for temporary tenant relocation payments for up to 20 days in rent control communities (other than in the City and County of San Francisco). We saved thousands of dollars for our residential landlords and managers in the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Santa Monica. The cost to us would have been an increase of $225 per day and would have required landlords to pay an additional $4500 over a 20-day period. 1 is the number of bills introduced this year we successfully killed that would have required all landlords to complete a 14-hour class or otherwise hire experts to maintain, clean and operate their swimming pools. The cost to hire, train, or maintain a qualified pool operator was up to $3,600 per year.

1 is the number of bills we co-sponsored requiring landlords to provide notice explaining the process used to deal with abandoned property in the 30- and 60-day notice to terminate and 14-day notice to inspect prior to vacating a residential property. Further, the bill increases the value of property which can be discarded after 15 days without the need for an auction from $300 to $700. For abandoned property worth less than $700, landlords will no longer have to pay for newspaper ads for two days, an auctioneer, or hauling and storage fees. The savings to landlords: hundreds of dollars.

1 is the number of bills we successfully obtained an amendment to that proposed to impose a substantial penalty on landlords of foreclosed properties who fail to give existing tenants notice of the change in ownership and where to send rent payments within 15 days of new ownership. There will be no change in law if landlords and managers give notice within the 15-day period. At one time, the bill would have prohibited landlords from collecting or demanding rent if the landlord did not give notice within 15 days of the change in ownership or management. If rent was $1200 per month and the landlord failed to give notice of the change within the 15-day grace period, landlords would have lost ap proxi mately $40 for every day he or she failed to give the required notice.

1 is the number of bills we successfully obtained amendments to that will require smoke detector retrofits in all residential rental properties. At one time, existing battery-operated smoke detectors would have been required to be replaced and landlords would have been liable for the proper operation of the devices during the term of tenancy. As amended, new devices will be required in every bedroom; existing devices that fail to perform will be replaced; and tenants will be liable to inform the landlord of any devices that do not operate. All residential properties will be required to comply with the new law on or before January 1, 2016.

1 is the number of bills we successfully obtained amendments to concerning the payment of rent through electronic fund transfers (EFT). As amended, EFT rent payments may only be made upon mutual agreement. However, an unlawful detainer may be filed due to insufficient funds.

1 is the number of bills we successfully obtained amendments to regarding post-foreclosure tenant notices and terminations. The new law extends current post-foreclosure tenant notices requiring successors in interest to foreclosed properties to honor existing leases until the end of the lease term (a federal law requirement). For month-tomonth tenancies where an owner wants to move into his or her property, the new owner must give at least a 90-day notice to terminate. Our amendments assure that the "tenant protections" in the bill only apply to bona fide tenancies, and the law sunsets on December 31, 2019.

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