Below are summaries of new state laws that affect real estate in California. Unless otherwise noted, the laws take
effect January 1, 2023.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1410 disallows the governing documents of a homeowner’s association (HOA) from prohibiting members
and residents from discussing their common interest development (CID) on social media, including discussions that are critical
of the association or governance. It also makes unenforceable any provisions of HOA governing documents that prohibit
owners from renting a portion of the owner-occupied space for a period of more than 30 days. Lastly, it prevents an HOA from
pursuing enforcement actions for violations during a declared emergency, if that emergency makes it unsafe to fix the violation;
this will not apply in cases of nonpayment of assessments.
• AB 1837 makes changes to the process established by Senate Bill 1079 in 2020, which allows existing tenants, prospective
owner-occupants, nonprofit organizations, and local governments, among others, up to 45 days after a home foreclosure
auction to make an offer that meets the winning bid. It modifies the types of nonprofit entities that qualify as eligible bidders
and disallows certain limited liability companies, and all limited partnerships, from bidding. It also subjects homes purchased
by certain eligible bidders to a recorded affordability covenant and creates an enforcement mechanism for the SB 1079 process through the Attorney General.
• AB 2170 provides an initial 30-day window for eligible bidders to purchase properties acquired by lending institutions through
foreclosure, also known as “real estate owned” (REO) properties. The bill requires institutions that foreclose on 175 or more
properties per year to only accept offers from prospective owner-occupants, qualified non-profits, government entities, and
other affordable housing providers for the first 30 days that an REO property is listed for sale. It also requires institutions
to respond to each offer in writing and prohibits institutions from completing a bundled sale of more than one foreclosed
• AB 2503 requires the California Law Revision Commission, by December 31, 2024, to deliver a study to the Legislature
examining the establishment of consistent terminology in California law to describe the parties to an agreement, lease, or
contract for the rental of residential real estate property, including mobile homes.
• AB 2559 defines and specifies the elements that must be included in a reusable tenant screening report. If a landlord accepts a reusable screening report, the bill prohibits them from charging an application screening fee or a fee to access the reusable report. The bill does not require that landlords accept a reusable tenant screening report and any local rule that provides more protection to the applicant prevails.
Source: California Department of Real Estate, www.dre.ca.gov
• AB 2745 changes the experience requirements to sit for the real estate broker exam. The bill requires that non-licensed,
general real estate experience used to qualify for the exam occur within five years of the exam application date.
• AB 2960 specifies that the real estate disclosure statement requirements in effect on the date the parties entered into contract shall be the requirements that apply to that sales contract. Any subsequent changes to the disclosure requirement statute after the parties enter into the sales contract will not apply to that contract unless the statute specifies otherwise.
• Senate Bill (SB) 1005 clarifies the current Probate Code regarding how a guardian or conservator may bring an action to
partition a property if the property is the conservatee’s present or former personal residence. Partition actions involve one party of a jointly owned property who wants to sell their ownership rights.
• SB 1017 clarifies current law about the tenancy protections for victims of domestic violence or abuse, their household
members, and their immediate family members. This includes protections that allow victims to terminate their tenancy
without penalty and protection from eviction based solely on those acts of violence or abuse. It also expands existing
eviction protections to tenants whose family members are victims and to tenants who are victims of gun violence or other
crimes causing bodily injury. Further, it expands the evidence a court can consider as proof of abuse or violence in eviction
proceedings and establishes new court procedures to grant a partial eviction when the perpetrator of violence resides in the
same unit as the victim. Lastly, the bill makes landlords liable in a civil action to the tenant for actual damages and for a fine
of up to $5,000 if they do not allow a victim, who follows proper noticing requirements, to terminate their tenancy without
• Beginning January 1, 2024, SB 1495 will modify the required course content of the real estate practice course, which is
required for all applicants for the real estate salesperson examination and broker examination. The course will now include the following additional elements:
o A component on implicit bias, including education about the impact of implicit bias, explicit bias, and systemic bias on
consumers; the historical and social impacts of those biases; and actionable steps students can take to recognize and address
their own implicit biases.
o A component on federal and state fair housing laws and their application to the practice of real estate, which also includes an interactive participatory component where the student role-plays as both a consumer and a real estate professional.
SB 1495 also extends from 30 to 45 the number of days a licensee has to publish a statement in a local newspaper when they
decide to use a fictitious business name