If you’re a landlord in the Los Angeles area, there are many laws and regulations affecting your apartment building, making it difficult to keep up with all of them. Below are several new and old laws affecting your property that many landlords may have missed:
1. BEDBUG LAW –
As of January 1, 2018, all tenants must receive a bedbug notice as follows: “General information about bed bug identification, behavior and biology, the importance of cooperation for prevention and treatment, and the importance of and for prompt written reporting of suspected infestations to the landlord.”
New tenants must also receive the following notice: “procedure to report suspected infestations to the landlord”.
In return, tenants must cooperate with pest control companies to correct the infestation at the owner’s expense.
Landlords must also furnish a copy of the pest control report within two business days of receipt of the document to tenants whose units were inspected for bed bugs. If there is evidence of a bed bug infestation, a notice must be sent out to all tenants.
2. FAIR HOUSING POST –
3. LOW-FLOW TOILET LAW –
California law requires the installation of low-flow toilets, faucets, shower heads and urinals in all homes, apartment buildings, and businesses.
Owners are required to complete all installation by 2019
4. LOS ANGELES’ TRASH MONOPOLY –
If you haven’t done so since January 1, 2018, the city is switching to recycLA, which require that multifamily buildings, restaurants, factories, and other businesses must use an exclusive company selected by the city for specific areas. Please remember to cancel your previous service so you aren’t getting double the bills.
Visit your Los Angeles Sanitation website for more information on which companies service your area.
5. REJECTED APPLICANTS –
If you are going to reject a potential tenant, you are legally required to put it in writing.
To avoid potential lawsuits, landlords should keep rejected applicant files for five years and shred when tossing.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above laws, please contact me at 818-915-9118 or send me a quick email. As always, if you’re interested in selling or buying an apartment building, please give me a call.