Happy New Year! Along with a new decade come many new California housing laws. From implementing rent control to increasing support for Accessory Dwelling Units, these laws aim to accomplish a lot. Although, these new laws are in California, many of them may be making their way to your state. California tends to be the trendsetter of what is to come. Here are some of the most Important 2020 Housing Laws:

Statewide Rent Control

  • AB 1482 enacts a cap of 5 percent plus inflation per year on rent increase statewide for the next 10 years. It also prevents landlords from doing ‘no cause’ evictions and requires relocation assistance.

More Protection for California renters – “just cause” eviction requirements

  • AB 1110 – Increased the notice period from 60 day to 90 days before a landlord may increase rent by more than 10%
  • SB 329 – Prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants with housing assistance paid directly to landlords, such as Section 8 voucher.

More support for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

  • AB 68/AB 881 – Increases Processing Timelines and decreases ordinance prohibitions for ADUs.


Although these new laws may see like a negative change at first, after reading into them they are often much more modest. With a slight adjustment to your Policy and Procedures you can be back at the top of your game in no time!


Kathleen Richards, is the owner of PM Made Easy and The Property Management Coach. With her 13 years as a broker/owner of a property management company she speaks from experience. Kathleen authored, Property Management A-Z and teaches regularly at community colleges and conferences on property management topics. She is active in her field and holds professional designations as Master Property Manager (MPM®) and Residential Management Professional (RMP®) and her company held the coveted, Certified Residential Management Company (CRMC®) designation from NARPM®. She is currently a National Instructor for NARPM® and is honored to be sharing best practices with other NARPM® professionals. Kathleen has served at the local and state level on the boards for NARPM® (National Association of Residential Property Managers)