Welcome to the Realty Investment Association of California
Our 51st Year of "Success through Cooperation!"
Next Meeting is: 1/28/2020 - Pete Wittlin, Attorney
“Cal Legislative & Case Decisions for Realtors”
This Weeks Workshop: TBA
Have an interest in learning how to do Commercial, Land or Investment Real Estate?
Please attend one of our workshops. We will share our knowledge and help you learn how to list and market your listings by helping you learn the "ins and outs" of the investment real estate business.
Network Meeting 7:30 A.M.; General Meeting 8:30 A.M. Workshops at 9:30.
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Quote of the Week: "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." - George Washington
News & Announcements -
C.A.R. Notice: Extended Time Periods for Tenant Eviction Notice Effective September 1, 2019. Learn more here.
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2020 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
Here is a Summary produced by C.A.R. - 2020 New Laws
For the full text of the law please go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ for California laws or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ for federal laws
Other info on AB 1482 will be forthcoming but here is a fact sheet.
C.A.R. Legal Update Article 1 - Roundup of 2020 New Laws for Brokers and Agents
October 13, 2019, was the last day for Governor Newsom to sign bills into law and conclude this year’s legislative session. Here are some of the significant laws that were passed impacting brokers and agents:
1. Agent Independent Contractor Status Reaffirmed (AB 5)
2. Statewide Rent Control and Just Cause Eviction (AB 1482)
3. Landlords Cannot Refuse Section 8 Tenants Outright (SB 329)
4. Beginning 2021 New Disclosures re Fire Home Hardening and Defensible Spaces (AB 38)
5. Rent Increases Above 10% Require 90-Day Notice (AB 1110)
6. Lower Security Deposits for Active Military (SB 644)
7. Budget Allocates $20 million for Eviction Defense ((AB 74)
8. Mobilehome Park Sales: Application Process Must Be More Transparent, Fairer and Timely (AB 274)
9. Court Requires Business Website to Conform to WCAG 2.0
For more detailed information please visit https://www.car.org//knowledge/brokers/Legal%20Update
2019 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
2018 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) will cease to exist and will become the Department of Real Estate(DRE), effective July 1, 2018.
California Senate Bill 173, signed by Governor Brown on October 15, 2017, removes CalBRE from bureau status under the Department of Consumer Affairs and returns it to department status under the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. The California Department of Real Estate became a bureau on July 1, 2013, as part of a government reorganization plan instituted in 2012.
The change is not expected to impact consumers, licensees or license applicants as the regulatory authority remains the same and no contact information will change.
2017 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
2016 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
2015 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®
1. Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships (C.A.R. form AD) must be delivered on commercial transactions -
Presently, the Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships form (C.A.R.’s AD form) is required for real property transactions involving residential one to four dwelling units, leases of greater than one year and manufactured homes (if negotiated by an agent). Existing law also requires the listing or selling agent to disclose to the buyer and seller whether he or she is acting as the buyer’s agent exclusively, the seller’s agent exclusively, or as a dual agent representing both the buyer and the seller. This disclosure is typically made through the confirmation of agency relationships on the first page of CAR purchase agreements.
Under the law, the AD form and confirmation will be required for any commercial, vacant land or industrial property; or any residential 1 - 4 property.
Senate Bill 1171 codified as Civil Code §2079.13. Effective January 1, 2015.
2. Energy Use Disclosure (AB 1103) Requirements for Commercial Property: Compliance on or after July 1, 2014 total gross square foot area measuring 5,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet delayed to July 1, 2016
The sale or lease of commercial property meeting certain square footage measurements requires the delivery of energy use disclosure to the prospective buyer or tenant. The disclosure trigger was to become effective for the sale of lease or commercial property measuring between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet on July 1, 2014. The California Energy Commission amended subdivision (c) of section 1682 of title 20 of the California Code of Regulations as an emergency regulatory action to change the effective date from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2016 when the disclosure requirements of Public Resources Code section 25402.10 apply for a nonresidential building with a total gross square foot area measuring 5,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet. The Office of Administrative Law approves this emergency regulatory action pursuant to sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the Government Code.
This emergency regulatory action became effective on September 2, 2014 and will expire on March 3, 2015.
3. REOs cannot dictate title and escrow company. This law is known as “The Buyer’s Choice Act,” and is now made permanent
The Buyer’s Choice Act presently prohibits a lender that gained title through foreclosure from requiring upon resale, directly or indirectly, as a condition of selling the property, that the buyer purchase title insurance or escrow services from a particular title insurer or escrow agent. This law applies to residential real property of four dwelling units or fewer. A seller who violates these provisions is liable to the buyer for an amount equal to three times all the charges made for the title insurance or escrow services.
This existing law was due to sunset in 2015. Now however, the law will continue indefinitely.
Senate Bill 1051 codified as Civil Code §1103.23. Effective January 1, 2015.
Note: For more information and for additional new laws please visit:
The above information is courtesy of the California Association of Realtors for members only. If you are a CalBRE licensee and not a member of C.A.R. , You should be!