California housing legislation 2018

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Housing-related legislation in the 2018 California legislature, and ballot measures (voted on directly by statewide voters in an election). 

Note: a "spot" bill is a placeholder, filed to allow a more developed bill to be filed later. 

Complete list of bills (60+, though many are minor or spot bills) from 


State legislative bills: 

  • SB 818 (Beall) - Mortgages and deeds of trust: foreclosure
    Would reenact various provisions of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights Act.
  • SB827 Transit-Rich Housing Bonus (aka Transit Zoning Bill)
  • SB828 RHNA Reform
  • SB829 Farmworker housing
  • SB831 (Wieckowski) Expands Accessory Dwelling Unit law to parcels that are not zoned for single-family or multi-family development.
  • SB 893 (Nguyen) "Planning and zoning: density bonus."
    Deletes provision in Density Bonus law that allows for reduced parking near transit.
  • SB1227 from Senator Nancy Skinner - would require that a density bonus be given to a developer that agrees to include units for students enrolled at a WASC-accredited institution of higher learning. 
  • AB686 Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing
  • AB829 (Chiu): "Planning and zoning: annual report":  
    requires that the municipal General Plan and annual reports required by the state include an assessment of Jobs-Housing Balance
  • AB1506 Costa-Hawkins Repeal [did not advance from Housing Committee hearing in January]
  • Assemblyman David Chiu - planned bill for state low-income housing funding (likely through state LIHTC)
  • Sen. Toni Atkins - ballot measure for a $4 billion general obligation bond in November.
  • AB 1748 (Steinorth) Would allow any person to transfer property tax assessment to another property.
  • AB 1758 (Steinorth) Would exclude from gross income any income earned on the moneys contributed to a homeownership savings account.
  • AB 1759 (McCarty) Links housing production with transportation funding.
  • AB 1765 (Quirk-Silva) Waives SB 2 fee on any property on which repairs or reconstruction are taking place as a direct result of a disaster for which the Governor has declared a state of emergency.
  • AB 1768 (Steinorth) Adds San Bernardino County to last year’s AB 1637, which allows housing authorities in San Diego and Santa Clara to provide assistance for middle-income housing up to 150% AMI, using non-restricted public funds.
  • AB 1771 (Bloom) Spot bill on RHNA distribution.
  • AB 1778 (Holden) Spot bill on the redevelopment of impoverished areas in the San Gabriel Valley and the San Bernardino-Riverside metropolitan area through affordable housing development.
  • AB 1796 (Muratsuchi) Would eliminate an exemption for rent-controlled units under current law that requires a landlord to approve a written request from a tenant to install an electric vehicle charging station.
  • AB 1804 (Berman) Expands CEQA infill exemption to unincorporated areas of a county.
  • AB 1919 (Wood D)   Price gouging: state of emergency.  
  • AB 2161 (Chiu), "Housing: homeless integrated data warehouse."
  • AB 2162 (Chiu), "Planning and zoning: housing development: supportive housing."
  • AB 2372 (Todd Gloria, AD78, San Diego) - California Affordable and Sustainable Housing Act. 
  • AB2923 (Chiu, Grayson): require @SFBART (rail transit) and local jurisdictions to adopt minimum Transit-Oriented Development zoning guidelines and ordinances for BART-owned land within .5 miles of a BART station.
  • AB3037 (David Chiu, D-San Francisco). Restoring housing and infrastructure Redevelopment Agencies. 

Ballot initiatives 

  • Costa-Hawkins (rent-control limits law) repeal
  • Proposition 13 split-roll reform: see Proposition_13 > Reform_Proposals.
  • California Proposition 13 Tax Transfer Initiative: see Proposition_13 > Reform_Proposals.
    filed by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assocation, supported by California Association of Realtors. Would extend #Prop13 tax assessment limit portability for homeowners over 55 who move anywhere within state. 


Note legislation lists evolve because
a) bills may be introduced until some date, usually in February. 
b) it is possible for effectively new bills to be introduced later, by bill sponsors repurposing previously filed bills kept in reserve for this purpose.
c) ballot initiatives may be filed until ?.