California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) has released new regulations that would greatly affect California employers. Parts of the FEHC’s new regulations differ from current Federal regulations (like the consideration of marijuana convictions). The following guidance has been released from Anthony J. Oncidi and Jeremy M. Mittman at Proskauer Rose LLP:
A California bill that would prohibit landlords and property managers from inquiring into the immigration or citizenship status of a rental applicant or tenant was proposed early February. Introduced by David Chiu (D-San Franciso), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) and Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), with the principle co-author Senator Wiener, AB 291 would make the immigration or citizen status of any person irrelevant towards the issue of housing liability.
A California Assembly Bill was introduced two weeks ago that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Act. The bill, AB 1506 (BLOOM), would devastate the rental industry by allowing local governments to control your rental rates. Although this bill is in the early stages, we encourage you to call your local Assemblymember and voice your opposition when it is presented on the assembly floor.
From enforcing “Ban the Box” regulations on Los Angeles employers to potentially prohibiting Texan counties and cities from enacting “Ban the Box” legislation, passed and proposed legislation has, for the most part, favored the movement. While the federal Fair Chance Act has been halted since it was proposed in 2015, many states, cities, and counties have enacted their own “Ban the Box” legislation this year.
From new laws that will affect California’s tenant screening services to Seattle, Washington’s “first come, first served” renter law, 2017 has brought an onslaught of new multifamily housing legislation. Here are some passed and pending bills you should look out for this year.