California housing legislation 2018

From HousingWiki

Housing-related legislation in the 2018 California legislature, and ballot measures (voted on directly by statewide voters in an election). 

This list is compiled from multiple sources: 

Note some of the bills listed are described as "spot bill" or "intent bill": this is a bill introduced typically early in an legislative season, with placeholder language that is intended to be developed further later. 

It is also possible to bills to be introduced and later have their text full replaced, to apply to a different issue, under so-called "gut and replace" procedure. 


State legislative bills (SB = Senate, AB = Assembly): 

  • SB 818 (Beall) - Mortgages and deeds of trust: foreclosure
    Would reenact various provisions of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights Act.
  • SB827 Transit-Rich Housing Bonus (aka Transit Zoning Bill). 
    [did not pass out of committee, further action considered unlikely]. 
  • SB828 (Wiener) - RHNA Reform
  • SB829 (Wiener) - allow by-right approval of farmworker housing. 
  • SB831 (Wieckowski) Expands Accessory Dwelling Unit law to parcels that are not zoned for single-family or multi-family development.
  • SB 893 (Nguyen) "Planning and zoning: density bonus."
    Deletes provision in Density Bonus law that allows for reduced parking near transit.  Would allow municipalities to increase parking requirements on developments taking advantage off state density bonus.
  • SB 998 (Dodd): Requires water districts to have cut-off policies posted accessibly, and would prohibit residential service from being discontinued under specified circumstances. The bill would require an urban and community water system that discontinues residential service to provide the customer with information on how to restore service and petition for a waiver of reconnection fees. 
  • SB 1035 (Jackson): Would require cities General Plan updates including Housing Element and Safety Element to review and address climate adaption and resiliency strategies, not less than once every 8 years
  • SB 1115 (Hill) - removes the $10M limit on the property tax welfare exemption for an affordable housing provider.
  • SB1227 from Senator Nancy Skinner - would require that a density bonus be given to a developer that agrees to include units for students enrolled at a WASC-accredited institution of higher learning. 
  • SB 1296 (Glazer) —  Department of Housing and Community Development: database of local fees. Requires general plan annual report to include development fee schedule; requires HCD to compile a database of the fees.
  • SB 1333 (Wieckowski) – applies the state Planning & Zoning Law to charter cities.
  • SB 1415 (McGuire) — Requiring more frequent fire safety inspections for certain types off buildings.
  • AB686 Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing
  • AB829 (Chiu): "Planning and zoning: annual report":  
    requires that the municipal General Plan and annual reports required by the state include an assessment of Jobs-Housing Balance
  • AB1506 Costa-Hawkins Repeal [did not advance from Housing Committee hearing in January]
  • AB 1748 (Steinorth) Would allow any person to transfer property tax assessment to another property.
  • AB 1758 (Steinorth) Would exclude from gross income any income earned on the moneys contributed to a homeownership savings account.
  • AB 1759 (McCarty) Links housing production with transportation funding.
  • AB 1765 (Quirk-Silva) Waives SB 2 fee on any property on which repairs or reconstruction are taking place as a direct result of a disaster for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency.
  • AB 1768 (Steinorth) Adds San Bernardino County to last year’s AB 1637, which allows housing authorities in San Diego and Santa Clara to provide assistance for middle-income housing up to 150% AMI, using non-restricted public funds.
  • AB 1771 (Bloom) Spot bill on RHNA distribution.
  • AB 1778 (Holden) Spot bill on the redevelopment of impoverished areas in the San Gabriel Valley and the San Bernardino-Riverside metropolitan area through affordable housing development.
  • AB 1796 (Muratsuchi) Would eliminate an exemption for rent-controlled units under current law that requires a landlord to approve a written request from a tenant to install an electric vehicle charging station.
  • AB 1804 (Berman) Expands CEQA infill exemption to unincorporated areas of a county.
  • AB 1919 (Wood D)   Price gouging: state of emergency.  
  • AB 2056 (E Garcia) – authorizes HCD to make loans and grants to nonprofits, resident associations, and local governments to acquire, rehabilitate, or make accessible parks and homes in the park.
  • AB 2161 (Chiu), "Housing: homeless integrated data warehouse."
  • AB 2162 (Chiu), "Planning and zoning: housing development: supportive housing." Requires that supportive housing be a use by right in zones where multifamily housing is permitted.
  • AB 2343 (Chiu): increases the time periods for tenants to respond to notices and other tenant protections.
  • AB 2364 (Bloom) – Ellis Act reforms.  Increases protections for tenants of rental units proposed to be removed from the market by owner under terms of the Ellis Act. 
  • AB 2372 (Todd Gloria, AD78, San Diego) - "Planning and zoning: density bonus: floor area ratio bonus."  Adds flexibility for governments to grant density bonuses, and charge impact fees, in terms of floor area rather than number of units. 

    This bill would authorize a city council or county board of supervisors to establish a procedure to grant a developer of an eligible housing development, upon , a floor area ratio bonus bonus, calculated as provided, in lieu of a density bonus awarded on the basis of dwelling units per acre.

    The bill would require a city or county that adopts a floor area ratio bonus ordinance to allow an applicant seeking to develop an eligible residential development to calculate impact fees based on square feet, instead of on a per unit basis. 
  • AB 2413 (Chiu).  This bill declares void, as contrary to public policy, a provision in a rental or lease agreement that limits or prohibits, or threatens to limit or prohibit, a tenant’s, resident’s, or other person’s right to summon law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance as, or on behalf of, a victim of abuse, a victim of crime, or an individual in an emergency.
  • AB 2562 (Mullin) – authorizes HCD to reduce loan interest rates to the level needed to monitor projects.
  • AB 2618 (Bonta) – establishes certification & training requirements for landlords & property managers.
  • AB 2753 (Friedman) – requires local governments to respond to density bonus applications within prescribed time frames.
  • AB-2890 (Ting): "Land use: accessory dwelling units."  Limits various local restrictions and barriers to creation of Accessory Dwelling Units: 
    - authorize accessory dwelling units to also be created in areas where a single-family or multifamily units dwelling is authorized; 
    - local fire and safety restrictions on accessory dwellings must be supported by a  preponderance of evidence. 
    - limit the types of standards that a local agency may impose on accessory dwelling units, including parking, height, size, and setback requirements.
    - requirement that the accessory dwelling unit comply with small home building standards that the bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to create, as specified, and submit to the California Building Standards Commission by January 1, 2020.
    - The bill would require a local agency that has not adopted an ordinance for accessory dwelling units to consider the permit ministerially without discretionary review or a hearing, and would deem an application approved if the local agency does not act on the submitted application within 60 days. The bill would require a local agency, regardless of whether it has adopted an ordinance, to ministerially approve an application for a building permit to create one or more accessory dwelling units in specified circumstances.
    -This bill would specify that an accessory dwelling unit is not subject to impact fees, connection fees, capacity charges, or any other fees or charges levied by a local agency, school district, special district, or water corporation. The bill would also specify that an accessory dwelling unit or a junior accessory dwelling unit on a single family single-family lot shall be valued for property tax purposes based exclusively on the value of the ministerial permit.
  • AB2923 (Chiu, Grayson): require @SFBART (rail transit) and local jurisdictions to adopt minimum Transit-Oriented Development zoning guidelines and ordinances for BART-owned land within .5 miles of a BART station. Gives BART the authority to approve high density affordable develop on BART-owned land.
  • AB 2925 (Bonta): requires just cause before a tenant may be evicted.
    Would prohibit a landlord from terminating a tenancy except upon good cause, as set forth with particularity in the notice. The bill would specify that neither a change in ownership of the property nor a foreclosure of the property would constitute a good cause for termination of a tenancy or eviction of a tenant. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature to encourage, incentivize, or require cities to enact just cause eviction ordinances in order to prevent unnecessary displacement of tenants.
  • AB 2930 (Santiago) – makes permanent a law allowing some cities to directly evict tenants for certain weapons and drug offenses, without a criminal conviction.
  • AB3037 (Chiu, D-San Francisco). Restoring housing and infrastructure Redevelopment Agencies.  Allows local governments to create new redevelopment agencies, with purposes limited to infrastructure and housing, and subject to approval by the Dept. of Finance.
  • AB 3072 (Chiu) – increases the aggregate state Low Income Housing Tax Credit by $300M per year, with $25M for farmworker housing; makes a number of other changes to make the credit make usable.
  • AB 3147 (Caballero) – fixes development fees for housing at the levels in place when the application was deemed complete.
  • AB 3171 (Ting) – creates a state matching fund grant program for cities to create innovative local programs to combat homelessness.

Ballot initiatives 

  • Costa-Hawkins (rent-control limits law) repeal
  • Proposition 13 split-roll reform: see Proposition_13 > Reform_Proposals.
  • California Proposition 13 Tax Transfer Initiative: see Proposition_13 > Reform_Proposals.
    filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assocation, supported by California Association of Realtors. Would extend #Prop13 tax assessment limit portability for homeowners over 55 who move anywhere within state. 


Note legislation lists evolve because
a) bills may be introduced until some date, usually in February. 
b) it is possible for effectively new bills to be introduced later, by bill sponsors repurposing previously filed bills kept in reserve for this purpose.
c) ballot initiatives may be filed until ?.