Advocacy at the South Bay Association of REALTORS®

Sacramento REALTOR® Report

Tracking Legislation in Sacramento that impacts California real estate

Every year in the California Legislature in Sacramento, lawmakers are considering bills that affect real estate and can have a direct impact on your REALTOR® business. Our friends at the California Association of REALTORS® are tracking hundreds - sometimes thousands - of bills during every legislative cycle.

This list of bills we are watching is prepared by the lobbying team at C.A.R. It includes bills sponsored by C.A.R. along with bills we support and bills we oppose. These quick snapshots include the bill's status; note that the status and C.A.R. position on each bill listed here may not be fully up-to-date.

For more detailed and current information on bills of interest to you, go to C.A.R.'s website or the official California Legislative Information website.

C.A.R. Sponsored Bills

AB 1289 (Arambula) and AB 2884 (Irwin) Real Estate Law Cleanup

In 2016, C.A.R. successfully sponsored AB 685 (Irwin), which made some necessary technical corrections to the Real Estate Law including changing outdated terminology. These measures Read more...

AB 2458 (Weber) Parcel Tax Exemption Transparency for Senior and Severely Disabled Homeowners

Existing law allows for the imposition of parcel taxes to fund, among other things, education. Under current law, school districts may exempt seniors and severely Read more...

AB 3041 (Cunningham) Private Transfer Fee Ban

Private transfer fees (PTFs) are fees typically imposed by a developer on a property and require that the original buyer and any subsequent purchaser pay Read more...

AB 943 (Santiago) Land Use Regulation: Voter Approval

In recent years, NIMBYs and environmental interests have increasingly used ballot measures to threaten development. Under current law, it takes a simple majority to prohibit Read more...

SB 348 (Leyva) Ballot Pamphlet Notification: Challenging New Taxes

Current law allows taxpayers to challenge new taxes typically within 60 days of approval by voters. However, most taxpayers are unaware of the time restrictions Read more...

SB 831 (Wieckowski) Housing Accountability Act Expansion: Accessory Dwelling Units

Under existing law, the Housing Accountability Act (HAA) ensures that local agencies cannot disapprove housing projects without a preponderance of evidence proving that the project Read more...

Bills of Others supported by C.A.R.

AB 1596 (Gloria) Property Taxation: Base Year Value Transfers

Current law allows homeowners who are severely and permanently disabled to transfer the property tax base year value of their principle residence to a replacement Read more...

AB 1804 (Berman) Unincorporated Areas: CEQA Exemption

Currently, infill development is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) if the development occurs within city limits. This bill starting January 1, 2020, Read more...

AB 1875 (Wood) California Home Insurance Finder Database

Under current law, homeowners sometimes have difficulty finding a homeowners insurance policy that best suits their needs. AB 1875, among other provisions, requires the Department Read more...

AB 2368 (Calderon) California Online Notary Act

Current law requires that specified documents related to a transaction be notarized in person. AB 2368 requires the Secretary of State to adopt standards that Read more...

AB 2782 (Friedman) California Environmental Quality Act

Existing law requires public agencies to analyze any new construction, within their jurisdiction through the means of an Environmental Impact Report. This bill would advise Read more...

AB 2797 (Bloom) Density Bonus in the Coastal Area

Density Bonus law requires local governments provide a developer with a density bonus (i.e. incentives or concessions) if the applicant agrees to include a percentage Read more...

AB 2890 (Ting) Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

This measure seeks to prohibit local ordinances from adopting restrictive requirements (i.e. minimum lot size, lot coverage, or floor area ratio) on the construction of Read more...

AB 3030 (Caballero) Opportunity Zones: CEQA Exemption

Existing law requires public agencies to analyze any new construction, within their jurisdiction through the means of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This bill would Read more...

ACA 12 (Gloria) Property Taxation: Base Year Value Transfers

Current law allows homeowners who are severely and permanently disabled to transfer the property tax base year value of their principle residence to a replacement Read more...

SB 1087 (Roth) PACE: Program Administrators

In 2017, the Legislature passed AB 1284 (Dababneh) which required the licensing and regulation of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators and the solicitors Read more...

SB 1130 (Leyva) Manufactured Housing Property Tax Postponement

Existing law provides for the Property Tax Postponement which allows for a deferment of current-year property taxes to senior or disabled homeowners who have acquired Read more...

SB 822 (Wiener) Net Neutrality

This measure seeks to protect and encourage net neutrality. NAR and C.A.R. support net neutrality as it helps encourage competition and allows equal access to Read more...

SB 831 (Wieckowski) Expediting Approvals for Accessory Dwelling Units

Under existing law, local agencies must provide an ordinance which allows for the creation of accessory dwelling units. This measure authorizes the Department of Housing Read more...

Bills of Others opposed by C.A.R.

AB 1506 (Bloom, Bonta and Chiu) Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act

In 1995, C.A.R. successfully sponsored with others AB 1164, also known as the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which created limits on local rent control ordinances Read more...

AB 2343 (Chiu) Unlawful Detainer

As originally introduced AB 2343 (Chiu) made several substantial changes to the eviction process including significantly increasing the time it would take to evict a Read more...

AB 2371 (Carrillo) Mandated Inspection of Irrigation Systems

This measure seeks, among other provisions, to require home inspectors inspecting properties with an in-ground landscaping irrigation system to conduct a thorough inspection of the Read more...