Some New California Laws for 2016

California laws 2016
New CA laws for 2016
One of the more interesting new laws for 2016 allows transfer of deed without going through probate court.  As a transfer-on-death deed, it allows a homeowner, effective January 1, 2016, to transfer to a named beneficiary a one-to-four unit residential property without going through a probate action.  The property cannot already be part of another will or trust, but must be separate and apart.  So if you have not included a property in your trust, or you don't have a will or trust yet, but you want a property that is yours to go to someone automatically upon your date of death, you may do so by this Transfer on Death Deed, sign and notarized and recorded within 60 days.  It is revocable in case you change your mind.  This a form deed accompanied by 24 FAQs explaining it. The law lasts through January, 2021.  Assembly Bill 139.

There are a number of laws involving no penalties for water use and lawn appearance during a drought.

Extended indefinitely is the victim's rights law to terminate tenancy, where he or she or a household member was a victim of an act of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse or human trafficking and that the tenant intends to terminate the tenancy.  The time to give notice has been reduced from 30 days to 14 days.  Assembly Bill 418.

Senate Bill 655 pertains to new mold/habitability standards pertaining to landlord/tenant law. A change from current law, this new law  now provides that a lessor (landlord) is not obligated to repair a dilapidation relating to mold, as specified, until he or she has notice of it, or if the tenant is in substantial violation of the duty to keep the property clean and sanitary, and thereby substantially contributes to the existence of the mold. This law authorizes a landlord to enter a dwelling to repair a dilapidation relating to mold.  There are current definitions about substandard housing, and "this law specifies that visible mold growth, as determined by a health officer or a code enforcement officer, is a type of inadequate sanitation and therefore a substandard condition. However the presence of mold that is minor and found on surfaces that can accumulate moisture as part of their proper and intended use would not constitute a substandard condition."

For a complete list of 2016 laws which also address consumer protection, HOA regulations and drought conditions and FHA disclosures, disclosure required by AirBnB rentals, to name a few, please contact me.  I will be happy to forward them to you.

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