California lawmakers have passed a five-percent-plus-inflation rent cap bill.  Gov. Gavin Newsom, who put together the deal to pass the bill, said he would sign it [signed Tuesday, October 8th]. The California rent cap will take effect January 1, 2020 for the next 10 years at which time an “effectiveness” report will be submitted.

California Rent Control Bill 1482 Means:

 

  • Yearly rent increases over the next decade will be limited to 5% plus the percentage change in the cost of living or 10%, whichever is lower.
  • In the event that an owner has increased the rent by more than the amount permissible under subdivision between March 15, 2019, and January 1, 2020 the applicable rent on January 1, 2020, shall be the rent as of March 15, 2019, plus the maximum permissible increase.
  • The measure would not affect rent limits in local jurisdictions with existing rent-control laws.  (Most of the units currently “exempt” from existing rent control laws will now fall under the new State law.)
  • Owners who share a home with their tenants or owner-occupied duplexes would be exempt from the caps. 
  • The measure would affect all apartments in the state that are at least 15 years old. Houses and condos owned by corporations and real-estate investment trusts, or REITs, that are 15 years old or older would also be subject to the rent caps.
  • The measure also provides just-cause eviction protections for tenants who have lived in their rental for at least a year, meaning a landlord can’t order renters who are following terms of their lease to move out unless the owner plans to move in, demolish or renovate the unit, or cease renting it at all.
  • Percentage change in the cost of living” means the percentage change from April 1 of the prior year to April 1 of the current year in the regional Consumer Price Index for the region where the residential real property is located, as published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. If a regional index is not available, the California Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers for all items, as determined by the Department of Industrial Relations, shall apply.

For a copy of the entire bill, please visit https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200AB1482