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End of 2020 Legislation Session Highlights for Central Coast

October 1st was the last day for the governor to sign bills that made it to his desk during the 2020 legislative session. The number of bills introduced and the number that ended up passing was smaller this year, primarily due to the impacts of COVID-19 and direction to the legislature to prioritize bills in higher priority areas.

State APA has put together the attached PDF summarizing the end of the session highlighting bills that were signed and some that didn’t. Three of the key bills were Assembly Bill (AB) 3088 which extends eviction relief for renters impacted by COVID-19, AB 725 related to regional housing need numbers (RHNA) for moderate and above moderate income households and AB 2345 which amended state density bonus statute.

AB 3088 extends protections against eviction for renters from the end of August 2020 through January 2021. This bill also extends Homeowners Bill of Rights protections to small landlords owning a fully tenant-occupied property with up to four units where tenants have been impacted by COVID-19 if certain criteria are met. The protections for landlords will be in place until January 1, 2023. This bill went into effect as soon as it was signed.

AB 725 will apply to jurisdictions where the 6th cycle housing element is due January 1, 2022 or later, so Santa Barbara County jurisdictions are the only ones in our section that this law will apply to during the 6th housing element cycle. For the Santa Barbara jurisdictions that are part of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), AB 725 will require that at least 25 percent of the RHNA for moderate income households and 25 percent of the above moderate income RHNA number needs to be met on sites that allow at least four units of housing, but not more than 100 units per acre of housing.

AB 2345 will take effect January 1, 2021. It amended state density bonus statute to allow bonuses up to 50 percent (increased from 35 %) for some projects that include a percentage of affordable units (less than 100 %) and also increases the number of incentives or concessions a density bonus project may receive.

End of Legislative Session Summary (APA California) (PDF)

Monday, October 19, 2020 (All day)

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