AB 1482

Written By: M&M Properties - Sacramento Property Management

July 25, 2023

AB 1482, also known as the California Tenant Protection Act of 2019, limits rent increases and requires landlords to have a “just cause” in order to evict tenants. The law applies to most rental properties in California, with some exceptions.

  • Just cause for eviction

There are 12 reasons that a landlord can use as just cause for eviction under AB 1482. These reasons include:

  • The tenant has failed to pay rent.
  • The tenant has caused substantial damage to the property.
  • The tenant has engaged in illegal activity on the property.
  • The landlord is moving into the property or a close relative is moving in.
  • The landlord is demolishing or substantially remodeling the property.
  • The landlord is selling the property and the new owner intends to occupy the property.
  • The tenant has violated a material term of the lease.
  • The tenant has been convicted of a crime that poses a threat to the health or safety of other tenants or the landlord.
  • The tenant has received a notice to vacate from a government agency.
  • The tenant has been issued a rent control ordinance that requires the landlord to evict the tenant.

If a landlord wants to evict a tenant for a reason that is not on this list, the eviction will be considered “unjust” and the tenant may be able to fight it in court.

  • Rent increases

AB 1482 limits rent increases to no more than 5% + local CPI (CPI = inflation rate), or 10% whichever is lower. This means that landlords can only raise rent by a certain amount each year, even if the market rent for the property has increased more than that.

There are some exceptions to the rent increase limit, such as when a landlord is making capital improvements to the property. However, these exceptions are narrow and most landlords will be limited to a 5% + local CPI rent increase each year.

  • Exemptions

Not all rental properties in California are subject to AB 1482. The law does not apply to:

  • Single-family homes and condominiums that are not owned by a corporation, real estate trust, or LLC with at least one corporate member.
  • Rental properties that were constructed within the last 15 years.
  • Rental properties that are subject to local rent control ordinances that are stricter than AB 1482.
  • Rental properties that are restricted to low- or moderate-income households.

If you are a landlord in California, it is important to understand your rights and obligations under AB 1482. If you have any questions, you should consult with an attorney.

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