2016 Brings New Housing Laws

Housing logo colorAs we ring in 2016, two new housing laws went into effect starting January 1 that will impact renters, landlords and property managers. The new laws will help protect the health and safety of renters.

The first (Senate Bill 328) new law requires landlords to notify their tenants at least 24 hours before they or maintenance employees use pesticides on their property. Before this law, pesticide notification was only required when a licensed professional used pesticides.

The other new housing law is “The Mold Bill” (Senate Bill 665). This new law says that any mold growth as determined by a health officer or a code enforcement officer will be categorized as a condition of substandard housing, which means local enforcement agencies can address the issue and protect residents’ health.

If you have questions about the enforcement of the new housing laws, please contact Environmental Health Services’ Housing Program at (650) 372-6200 or at EnvHealth@smcgov.org.

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