Riverside Update - February

In case you missed it, here are some updates affecting the rental housing community in Riverside County.

AB 854 dies in Assembly Floor vote – A bill that would undermine the CA's Ellis Act affecting a landlord's ability to sell rental property failed to pass on the Assembly Floor last week.
Assembly Member Alex Lee introduced AB 854 last year, but the bill stalled in the Legislature. The Ellis Act, which became a state law in 1985, allows landlords to evict residential tenants to "go out of the rental business." If AB 854 became state law, the law would force rental owners and managers to continue offering housing for rent or lease to stay in business if they owned the property for more than five years. Owner or managers violating the law could face fines and penalties. Read More

Thankfully, AB 854 failed to get a majority vote to move out of the Assembly due to the huge outpouring of rental property managers and owners expressing opposition to the bill. 

As we speak, State Legislators are submitting bills for this legislative session. The deadline for legislators to submit bills is in mid-February. 

Riverside County's 'Lift to Rise' and 'United Lift' Emergency Rental Assistance Programs are still accepting applications from Tenants financially affected by COVID hardships.

Riverside County Housing Authority has programs offering incentives to landlords who participate in Section 8, VASH, or other Housing Voucher programs. Read More.

The City of Murrieta launches new 'FixIt' Online Portal and Mobile App
Murrieta residents now can report potholes, malfunctioning streetlights, illegal dumping, and other issues to the City of Murrieta. The city recently launched a new online portal and a mobile app that residents can download on their Apple or Android devices. Read more

Rancho Water Agency issues a Stage 3b water alert – Earlier this month, Rancho Water Board of Directors voted to move to Stage 3b water emergency to increase their efforts to promote water conservation. However, the change also prohibits and penalizes certain water-wasting activities. Rancho Water customers can monitor their water usage and learn more about rebates and water-saving programs by visiting the agency's Water Hub website

Be 'Ahead of the Curve' with the Southern California Rental Housing Association.