Legislative Update - August 24, 2023

Legislative Updates,

Carlsbad Council Votes to Create Smoke-Free Multifamily Smoking Ordinance
Despite opposition from SCRHA, the Carlsbad City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to have staff develop an ordinance imposing a complete smoking prohibition in multifamily housing units and/or outdoor common areas. SCRHA believes that most rental properties already have some sort of limitation or ban on smoking in place, and an ordinance is unnecessary. SCRHA does not support local ordinances because they usually result in owners and managers becoming the smoking police. The ordinances usually include penalties, open the door to possible lawsuits, and typically require new addendums and property signage. There are no specific timelines as to when the draft ordinance will be ready and presented to council. SCRHA will remain engaged on the issue and keep members informed.

SCRHA Encourages Support of “Leave No Veteran Behind”
The County of San Diego is spearheading a regional effort to house homeless veterans. “Leave No Veteran Behind” seeks to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness in the county through partnerships with regional, state, and federal partners. The program includes incentives for rental housing providers, such as a leasing bonus and dedicated landlord liaisons. Members with vacant units or units on notice to vacate are encouraged to sign up for the 211 Interest List.

City of San Diego Provides new FAQ on Tenant Protection Ordinance
The City of San Diego recently published a new Tenant Protection Ordinance FAQ. It addresses a few questions that have come up since the ordinance went into effect. Of particular note is the clarification and confirmation that SCRHA requested regarding the abatement of hazardous materials that does not require a permit. Click here to read the FAQ. To learn more about the San Diego Tenant Protection Ordinance, click here

Reminder: Anti-Price Gouging Rules in Place
Emergency declarations are in place in several counties, including Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego. It is unlawful for any person, business, or other entity to increase the rental price advertised, offered, or charged for housing to an existing or prospective tenant by more than 10 percent. The rules applicable to rental housing are set to expire on September 19. However, they can be extended. Members are encouraged to bookmark the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website