New Laws Impacting Landlords in 2019

Every year new laws are established that relate to landlord-tenant law. Below is a list of the most pertinent laws.


  1. Additional time granted to tenants. Effective September 1, 2019, you cannot count Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays to determine when the notice will expire. For example, if you served a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit on a Friday, Day    One would be Monday, Day Two would be Tuesday and Day Three would be Wednesday. In this scenario the tenant would have through Wednesday midnight to pay the rent. The same will also be true for the time a tenant may respond to an unlawful detainer complaint.    


  1. Inspection of Balconies and Decks. This bill would require an inspection of exterior elevated elements and associated waterproofing elements, including decks and balconies, for buildings with 3 or more multifamily dwelling units. This must be inspected by a licensed architect, licensed civil or structural engineer, a building contractor holding specified licenses, or an individual certified as a building inspector or building official. The inspection report must be submitted by January 1, 2025 with subsequent reports every 6 years.


  1. Electric Charging Stations. This bill would allow tenants to install an electric vehicle charging station in rent control jurisdictions. Previously rent control jurisdictions were exempt. The tenant is required to pay for all expenses related to the installation and the operation of the station, including payment of the electricity.


  1. San Diego Landlords Forced to Take Section 8 Tenants: Following in the footsteps of Santa Monica, landlords in San Diego cannot summarily reject applicants solely on the basis that they are on Section 8 vouchers. The landlord must go through the normal procedures to qualify the applicant.  


  1. 10 % Cap On Rent Increases During Declared State Emergencies. If a state emergency is declared, landlords are prohibited for 30 days, from increase rent in excess of 10%. This applies to the county where the emergency was declared and surrounding counties which are impacted due to the declared emergency.