LANDLORD/TENANT ISSUES

SB 149          Walters R         City property: leases.

Current law generally prohibits a city from leasing property that it owns or controls for a period exceeding 55 years, but permits a city to lease property that it owns or controls for a period not to exceed 99 years if specified conditions are met. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.

SB 450          Galgiani D       Unattended collection boxes.

Would authorize a city or county to provide, by ordinance or resolution, immunity from civil liability to a property owner, or his or her authorized agent, when the owner or agent removes a collection box placed on the owner’s property if the ordinance or resolution includes specified provisions, including the requirement that the owner or agent send a written notice of removal to the address displayed on the collection box prior to removal. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

SB 603          Leno D            Landlord and tenant: security deposit.

Would require a court to award specified statutory damages for the bad faith claim or retention of security or the bad faith demand of replacement security by a landlord or the landlord’s successor in interest. The bill would require an award of statutory damages of not less than the amount of the security, in addition to actual damages, for an unlawful claim or retention or demand of replacement security that is not claimed, retained, or demanded in bad faith. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

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