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DIVISION 13. HOUSING [17000 - 19997]

  ( Division 13 enacted by Stats. 1939, Ch. 60. )

PART 1. EMPLOYEE HOUSING ACT [17000 - 17062.5]

  ( Part 1 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 62. )

CHAPTER 6. Violations [17060 - 17062.5]
  ( Chapter 6 added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 62. )

17060.
  

(a)  Any employee housing which does not conform to this part, building standards published in the State Building Standards Code relating to employee housing, the other regulations adopted pursuant to this part, or conditions of the permit, is a public nuisance and, if not made to conform within five days or within a longer period of time, not to exceed 30 days, which may be allowed by the enforcement agency after written notice, shall be abated by proper action brought in the superior court of the county in which the employee housing or greater portion thereof is situated. Where inspection verifies that the owner or operator of employee housing is proceeding with reasonable diligence, or where conditions beyond the control of the owner or operator prevent conformance, the enforcement agency may grant time extensions not to exceed 30 days in duration. No more than two of these extensions shall be allowed by the enforcement agency prior to initiation of action to abate the public nuisance.

(b)  Any violation of this part, building standards published in the State Building Standards Code relating to employee housing, the other regulations adopted pursuant to this part, or the provisions of the permit which constitute an immediate or material hazard to the health or safety of the occupants of employee housing, shall be remedied within five days after written notice by the enforcement agency, or shorter time in case of emergency. In the event of failure to comply with this section, the Attorney General, or the attorney for the enforcement agency, shall, by verified complaint setting forth the facts, apply to the superior court for an order granting the relief for which the action or proceeding is brought until the entry of a final judgment or order.

(c)  The superior court may make any order for which application is made pursuant to this section.

(d)  In any action or proceeding brought pursuant to this part, service of summons is sufficient if served in the manner provided in the Code of Civil Procedure.

(e)  (1)  Any enforcement agency which institutes an action or proceeding pursuant to this section shall, at the time of filing the action or proceeding, record in the office of the recorder of the county or counties in which the property affected by the action or proceeding is situated, a notice of the pendency of the action or proceeding.

(2)  The enforcement agency may charge the property owner for any costs involved in recording the notice and shall reimburse the owner for any amount charged if the action or proceeding is dismissed or if judgment is rendered for the property owner.

(f)  The notice recorded pursuant to subdivision (e) shall be withdrawn by the enforcement agency by recording in the office of the county recorder, in the county or counties in which the notice was recorded, a notice of withdrawal within five days following satisfaction of a court order or other resolution of the action or proceeding.

(g)  In any action or proceeding brought pursuant to this part, it is not necessary for the complainant to provide or file any undertaking or bond for the issuance of any preliminary or permanent injunction. In addition, it is not necessary for a complainant to allege or prove actual damages or the threat thereof, or actual injury or the threat thereof, to the plaintiff, so long as a violation of this part is alleged and proven.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 589, Sec. 95. Effective January 1, 1994.)

17060.2.
  

(a)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the operator of employee housing shall provide a resident of every unit in the employee housing with a written copy in English and Spanish of every order or notice of violation issued by an enforcement agency accompanied by an explanation of the owner’s or operator’s anticipated response to the order or notice. Each notice shall also advise the occupants of the right to a hardship deferral and the procedure for obtaining this, as set forth in subdivision (c). These copies may be provided by first-class mail or by posting a copy of the notice in a prominent place on each residential unit.

(b)  (1)  (A)  The enforcement agency shall not require the vacating of all or any part of an accommodation unless it concurrently orders the operator to provide for the relocation of the tenants consistent with the requirements of Section 17062 prior to the date the vacating is required and requires expeditious demolition or repair to comply with this part, the building standards related to employee housing, or other rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this part. Any local government may, prior to January 1, 1994, enact a local relocation ordinance that imposes requirements more stringent than those contained in this section. The tenant or tenant association may enforce the relocation remedies of this section, and the enforcement agency, to the extent feasible, shall cooperate in these efforts. The enforcement agency may require vacation and demolition or itself vacate the building, repair or demolish the building, or institute any other appropriate action or proceeding, if either of the following occurs:

(i)  The repair work is not done as scheduled or cannot be completed within a reasonable period of time.

(ii)  There is a significant threat to the residents’ or public health and safety.

(B)  In any civil action brought by a private person or entity to obtain relocation assistance pursuant to subparagraph (A), following an enforcement agency’s order to vacate all or any part of an accommodation, and the failure to comply with the agency’s order to provide for the relocation of the tenants, the private person or entity, if he, she, or it is the prevailing party, may be granted reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, in addition to any other remedy granted.

(2)  Prior to vacating and demolishing the accommodation, the public agency shall exert every reasonable effort to obtain or cause repairs. In addition, to the extent feasible, if the public entity causes vacation of the accommodation, it shall cooperate in efforts to obtain compensation from the owner or operator to compensate the displaced residents for their relocation expenses, including rent differentials.

(c)  The enforcement agency or a court of competent jurisdiction may, in cases of extreme hardship to tenants of employee housing, provide for deferral of the effective date of orders of abatement. Any deferral of the effective date of any order of abatement shall include conditions, including, but not limited to, payment of rent to an appropriate receiver, which will ensure progress towards correcting defects, or assist in relocation of tenants prior to closure of the employee housing.

(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 91, Sec. 63. Effective January 1, 1996.)

17060.5.
  

(a)  The sale or other transfer of property to a third party shall not render moot an action or proceeding brought pursuant to this chapter and instituted by an enforcement agency against the owner of record on the date a citation for a violation of this part was issued.

(b)  Any person who obtains an ownership interest in any property after a notice of an action or proceeding has been recorded with respect to the property pursuant to Section 17060, and where there has been no withdrawal of the notice, shall be subject to any order to correct a violation, including any time limitations, specified in a citation issued pursuant to Section 17060.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 1210, Sec. 3.)

17061.
  

(a)  Any person who violates, or causes another person to violate, any provision of this part is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000), or imprisonment for not more than 180 days, or both, for each violation of this part, provided that the violation does not cause personal injury to any person.

(b)  Any person who willfully violates, or causes another person to violate, any provision of this part, provided that the violation causes personal injury to any person, is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine of not less than four thousand dollars ($4,000), but not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment for each violation, or each day of a continuing violation, causing personal injury. This subdivision shall not be construed to preclude, or in any way limit, the applicability of any other law in any criminal prosecution.

(c)  Any person who violates any provision of this part shall be liable for a civil penalty of not less than three hundred dollars ($300), nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), for each violation or for each day of a continuing violation. The amount of the civil penalty may be doubled, to a limit of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), for each violation or for each day of a continuing violation if the court determines that the violation was willful, or if the court finds that the person received notice from an enforcement agency within the prior three years regarding any employee housing owned or operated by that person, and the violations are so extensive and of such a nature that the immediate health and safety of the residents or the public is endangered or has been endangered. The enforcement agency, or any person or entity affected by the violation, may institute or maintain an action in the appropriate court to collect any civil penalty arising under this subdivision and may be awarded reasonable costs and attorney’s fees incurred in proving the existence of each violation and the liability for the civil penalties.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 15, Sec. 185. (AB 109) Effective April 4, 2011. Operative October 1, 2011, by Sec. 636 of Ch. 15, as amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 39, Sec. 68.)

17061.5.
  

(a)  Any person who is convicted pursuant to Section 17061 for a second or subsequent time within a five-year period or is convicted pursuant to subdivision (d) for a first or subsequent time within a five-year period after issuance of an injunction enforcing this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both the fine and imprisonment for each violation or day of a continuing violation.

(b)  Any person found in contempt of a court order or injunction pursuant to Section 17060 within a five-year period from its issuance may be subject to a judgment for reasonable enforcement costs, including investigative costs, court costs, and attorney’s fees, and civil penalties not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both the civil penalty and imprisonment, for each violation or day of a continuing violation.

(c)  (1)  If an injunction enforcing this chapter is issued within a five-year period after a conviction pursuant to subdivision (a), a finding of contempt pursuant to subdivision (b), or a prior injunction enforcing this chapter, the injunction shall provide for a civil penalty not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000) for each violation or day of a continuing violation and all costs of enforcement, including, but not limited to, investigative costs, inspection costs, enforcement costs, attorney’s fees or costs, and all other costs of prosecution.

(2)  The court may also order the owner not to claim any deduction with respect to state taxes for interest, taxes, expenses, depreciation, or amortization paid or incurred, with respect to the cited structure or structures, and related real property, in the taxable year of the initial order or notice. Within 90 days after issuing the order, the court shall mail to the Franchise Tax Board a written notice of its order prohibiting the owner from claiming deductions with respect to the cited structure or structures, and related real property, in lieu of the processing of a violation by the enforcement agency in accordance with Sections 17274 and 24436.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

(3)  The Franchise Tax Board shall examine the tax return of the owner of the cited structure or structures, and related real property, for the taxable year of the initial order or notice issued pursuant to paragraph (2). Notwithstanding Sections 19282 and 26451 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the Franchise Tax Board shall notify the issuing court regarding the owner’s compliance with the court order prohibiting the claiming of deductions with respect to the cited structure or structures, and related real property.

(d)  Any person found in contempt of a court order or injunction pursuant to Section 17060, or who is convicted pursuant to Section 17061, for a second or subsequent time within a five-year period after a prior finding of contempt, a prior conviction, or the prior issuance of an injunction relating to the enforcement of this chapter, where there are violations that are determined by the trier of fact to be so extensive and of such a nature that the immediate health and safety of residents or the public is endangered and where the extent and nature of the violations are due to the defendant’s habitual neglect of customary maintenance and display a flagrant lack of concern for the health and safety of residents or the public, may be subject to a judgment for reasonable enforcement costs, including investigative costs, court costs, and attorney’s fees, and punishable by a fine not exceeding six thousand dollars ($6,000) and by imprisonment for not less than six months, but not exceeding one year, for each violation or day of a continuing violation, if the trier of fact finds at least three serious violations of the following categories of violations are involved:

(1)  Termination, extended interruption, or serious defects of gas, water, or electric utility systems, if the interruption or termination is not caused by the tenant’s failure to pay gas, water, or electric bills.

(2)  Serious defects or lack of adequate space and water heating.

(3)  Serious rodent, vermin, or insect infestation.

(4)  Severe deterioration, rendering significant portions of the structure unsafe or unsanitary.

(5)  Inadequate numbers of garbage receptacles or service.

(6)  Unsanitary conditions affecting a significant portion of the structure as a result of faulty plumbing or sewage disposal.

(e)  The remedies provided in subdivisions (a) to (d), inclusive, for second or subsequent violations shall apply without regard to whether the violations involved the same or different properties, or the same or different locations within a property, owned or operated by the person committing the violation.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 44. Effective January 1, 1993.)

17061.7.
  

(a)  Any person found in contempt of a court order or injunction pursuant to Section 17060, or who is convicted pursuant to Section 17061, for a second or subsequent time within a five-year period after a prior finding of contempt, after a prior conviction, or after the prior issuance of an injunction relating to the enforcement of this chapter, may, in lieu of any penalties ordered pursuant to Section 17061.5 or any other provision of law, be ordered by the court, on its own motion or pursuant to a trial by jury on that issue if that is requested by the defendant, to be placed in house confinement in the employee housing or any accommodation within the employee housing that is the subject of the court action. The house confinement ordered pursuant to this section shall be for a period not to exceed one year.

(b)  A defendant ordered to house confinement pursuant to this section may also be ordered by the court to pay the cost of having a police officer or guard stand guard outside the area in which the defendant has been confined under house confinement if it has been determined by the court that the defendant is able to pay these costs. No defendant shall be ordered, pursuant to this subdivision, to pay an amount exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000) for any period of house confinement.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 45. Effective January 1, 1993.)

17061.9.
  

(a)  In addition to other remedies provided in this part, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development or his or her designee or an employee authorized by a local enforcement agency which has assumed jurisdiction pursuant to Section 17050, may issue a citation which assesses a civil penalty to any owner or operator, or both, of employee housing violating this part, or regulations promulgated hereunder, if the owner or operator, or both, has permitted the continuation of a violation for at least 30 days after issuance of an order to correct the violation or violations from the enforcement agency. Each citation and related civil penalty assessment shall be issued no later than seven months after issuance of the order to correct which is the basis of the citation. The civil penalties provided for in this section are not in addition to the penalties established in subdivision (b) of Section 17037.

(b)  The amount of any civil penalty assessed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall not exceed three hundred dollars ($300) for each violation. The civil penalties assessed pursuant to this section shall be payable to the enforcement agency, notwithstanding any other provision of law. Whether or not the violation or violations, if applicable, giving cause for the citation are corrected, payment of the civil penalty shall be remitted to the enforcement agency within 45 days of the issuance of the citation.

(c)  The amount of the civil penalty shall be increased to an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) for a violation if all the following circumstances exist:

(1)  The citation is for a second or subsequent violation of this part, or the regulations promulgated hereunder, for which an order to correct was issued within one year prior to issuance of the new citation; and

(2)  The original violation has continued to exist for at least six months from the date the order to correct the violation was issued or has recurred within six months from the date the order to correct the violation was issued.

(d)  Any person or entity served a citation pursuant to this section may petition the director or his or her designee or the officially authorized representative of the local enforcement agency, where applicable. The petition shall be a written request briefly stating the grounds of the request. Any petition to be considered, shall be received by the department or the local enforcement agency within 30 days of the date of issuance of the citation.

(e)  Upon receipt of a timely and complying petition, the enforcement agency shall suspend enforcement of the citation and set a time and place for the informal hearing and shall give the recipient of the citation written notice thereof. The hearing shall commence no later than 30 days following receipt of the petition or at another time scheduled by the enforcement agency pursuant to a request by the petitioner or the enforcement agency if the enforcement agency determines that good and sufficient cause exists. If the petitioner fails to appear at the time and place scheduled for the hearing, the enforcement agency may notify the petitioner in writing that the petition is dismissed and that compliance with the terms of the citation shall occur within 10 days after receipt of the notification.

(f)  The enforcement agency shall notify the petitioner in writing of its decision and the reasons therefor within 30 days following conclusion of the informal hearing held pursuant to this section. If the decision upholds the citation, in whole or in part, the petitioner shall comply with the citation in accordance with the decision within 30 days after the decision is mailed by the enforcement agency.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1298, Sec. 46. Effective January 1, 1993.)

17062.
  

(a)  Any state or local agency which participated in the investigation and enforcement pursuant to this part shall be reimbursed for its investigative and legal costs prior to and subsequent to the judgment.

(b)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, upon motion by the enforcement agency, the operator, or the tenants, the court may issue an order which would result in correction of defects, rather than closure of the employee housing. The order may provide, notwithstanding subdivision (a), that fines and penalties be paid for improvements, or that a lien be levied against the property to pay the costs of an independent receiver to complete repairs, or any other just and reasonable procedures.

(c)  (1)  (A)  If employee housing is maintained in a manner that violates any provision of this part, including any rule, standard, or regulation promulgated pursuant to this part, and the violation is so extensive and of such a nature that the health and safety of residents or the public is substantially endangered, and if the owner or operator does not, within a reasonable time after issuance of the notice or order by the enforcement agency, correct the condition that is the cause of the violation, the enforcement agency, tenant, or tenant association or organization may, in addition to any other remedies provided by law, seek the appointment of a receiver pursuant to this subdivision.

(B)  In its petition to the court, the enforcement agency, tenant, or tenant association or organization shall include proof that notice of the petition was served not less than five days prior to filing the petition, pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 415.10) of Chapter 4 of Title 5 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure, to all persons with a recorded interest in the real property upon which the substandard employee housing exists.

(C)  In appointing a receiver, the court shall consider whether the owner has been afforded a reasonable opportunity to correct the conditions cited in the notice of violation. The court shall not appoint any person as a receiver unless the person has demonstrated to the court his or her capacity, willingness, and expertise to develop and supervise a viable financial and construction plan for the satisfactory rehabilitation of the employee housing. If a receiver is appointed, the owner and his or her agent of the substandard employee housing shall be enjoined from collecting rents from the tenants, interfering with the receiver in the operation of the substandard employee housing, and encumbering or transferring the substandard employee housing or real property upon which the employee housing is situated.

(2)  Any receiver appointed pursuant to this section shall have all of the following powers and duties in the order of priority listed in this paragraph, unless the court otherwise permits:

(A)  To take full and complete control of the substandard employee housing.

(B)  To manage the substandard employee housing and pay expenses of the operation of the substandard employee housing and real property upon which the employee housing is located, including taxes, insurance, utilities, general maintenance, and debt secured by an interest in the real property. However, the receiver shall not operate the employee housing for a longer period each year than the period it previously was operated as employee housing each year by the operator or owner.

(C)  To secure a cost estimate and construction plan from a licensed contractor for the repairs necessary to correct the conditions cited in the notice of violation.

(D)  To enter into contracts and employ a licensed contractor as necessary to correct the conditions cited in the notice of violation.

(E)  To collect all rents and income from the substandard employee housing.

(F)  To use all rents and income from the substandard employee housing to pay for the cost of rehabilitation and repairs determined by the court as necessary to correct the conditions cited in the notice of violation.

(G)  To borrow funds to pay for repairs necessary to correct the conditions cited in the notice of violation and to borrow funds to pay for any relocation benefits authorized by paragraph (4) and secure that debt, with court approval, with a lien on the real property upon which the substandard employee housing is located. The lien shall be recorded in the county recorder’s office in the county within which the employee housing is located.

(H)  To exercise the powers granted receivers under Section 568 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(3)  The receiver shall be entitled to the same fees, commissions, and necessary expenses as receivers in actions to foreclose mortgages.

(4)  If the conditions of the employee housing or the repair or rehabilitation thereof significantly affect the safe and sanitary use of the substandard employee housing by any tenant, to the extent that the tenant cannot safely reside in his or her unit, then the receiver shall provide relocation benefits in accordance with paragraph (3) of subdivision (d).

(5)  The relocation compensation provided for in this section shall not preempt any local ordinance that provides for greater relocation assistance.

(6)  In addition to any reporting required by the court, the receiver shall prepare monthly reports to the state or local enforcement agency which shall contain information on at least the following items:

(A)  The total amount of rent payment received.

(B)  Nature and amount of contracts negotiated relative to the operation or repair of the property.

(C)  Payments made toward the repair of the premises.

(D)  Progress of necessary repairs.

(E)  Other payments made relative to the operation of the employee housing.

(F)  Amount of tenant relocation benefits paid.

(7)  The receiver shall be discharged when the conditions cited in the notice of violation have been remedied in accordance with the court order or judgment and a complete accounting of all costs and repairs has been delivered to the court. Upon removal of the condition, the owner, the mortgagee, or any lienor of record may apply for the discharge of all moneys not used by the receiver for removal of the condition and all other costs authorized by this section.

(8)  The prevailing party in an action pursuant to this section shall at the court’s equitable discretion be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs as may be fixed by the court.

(9)  The county recorder may charge and collect fees for the recording of all notices and other documents required by this section pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 27360) of Chapter 6 of Division 2 of Title 3 of the Government Code.

(10)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit those rights available to tenants and owners under any other provision of the law.

(11)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to deprive an owner of substandard employee housing of all procedural due process rights guaranteed by the California Constitution and the United States Constitution, including, but not limited to, receipt of notice of the violation claimed and an adequate and reasonable period of time to comply with any orders that are issued by the enforcement agency or the court.

(d)  If the court finds that the employee housing is in a condition that substantially endangers the health and safety of residents pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 17980.6, upon the entry of any order or judgment, the court shall do all of the following:

(1)  Order the owner to pay all reasonable and actual costs of the enforcement agency including, but not limited to, inspection costs, investigation costs, enforcement costs, attorney’s fees or costs, and all costs of prosecution.

(2)  Order that the local enforcement agency shall provide the tenants with notice of the court order or judgment.

(3)  Order that, if the owner undertakes repairs or rehabilitation as a result of being cited for a notice under this chapter, and if the conditions of the premises or the repair or rehabilitation thereof significantly affect the safe and sanitary use of the premises by any lawful tenant, so that the tenant cannot safely reside in the premises, then the owner shall provide or pay relocation benefits to each lawful tenant as specified in subdivision (b) of Section 17060.2. These benefits shall consist of actual reasonable moving and storage costs and relocation compensation. The actual moving and storage costs shall consist of all the following:

(A)  Transportation of the tenant’s personal property to the new location. The new location shall be in close proximity to the substandard premises, except where relocation to a new location beyond a close proximity is determined by the court to be justified.

(B)  Packing, crating, unpacking, and uncrating the tenant’s personal property.

(C)  Insurance of the tenant’s property while in transit.

(D)  The reasonable replacement value of property lost, stolen, or damaged (not through the fault or negligence of the displaced person, his or her agent, or his or her employee) in the process of moving, where insurance covering the loss, theft, or damage is not reasonably available.

(E)  The cost of disconnecting, dismantling, removing, reassembling, reconnecting, and reinstalling machinery, equipment, or other personal property of the tenant, including connection charges imposed by utility companies for starting utility service.

(e)  (1)  The relocation compensation shall be an amount equal to the differential between the contract rent and the fair market rental value determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for a unit of comparable size within the area for the period that the unit is being repaired, not to exceed 120 days or the duration that the camp is open, or the term of employment, whichever is less.

(2)  (A)  If the court finds that a tenant has been substantially responsible for causing or substantially contributing to the substandard conditions, then the relocation benefits of this section shall not be paid to this tenant. Each other tenant on the premises who has been ordered to relocate due to the substandard conditions and who is not substantially responsible for causing or contributing to the conditions shall be paid these benefits and moving costs at the time that he or she actually relocates.

(B)  The court shall determine the date when the tenant is to relocate, and order the tenant to notify the enforcement agency and the owner of the address of the premises to which he or she has relocated, within five days after the relocation.

(C)  (i)  The court shall order that the owner shall offer the first right to occupancy of the premises to each tenant who received benefits pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (d), before letting the unit for rent to a third party. The owner’s offer on the first right to occupancy to the tenant shall be in writing, and sent by first-class certified mail to the address given by the tenant at the time of relocation. If the owner has not been provided the tenant’s address by the tenant as prescribed by this section, the owner shall not be required to provide notice under this section or offer the tenant the right to return to occupancy.

(ii)  The tenant shall notify the owner in writing that he or she will occupy the unit. The notice shall be sent by first-class certified mail no later than 10 days after the notice has been mailed by the owner.

(D)  The court shall order that failure to comply with any abatement order under this chapter shall be punishable by civil contempt penalties under Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 17995) of Part 1.5, and any other penalties and fines as are available.

(f)  The initiation of a proceeding or entry of a judgment pursuant to this section or Section 17980.6 shall be deemed to be a “proceeding” or “judgment” as provided by paragraph (4) or (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 1942.5 of the Civil Code.

(g)  The term “owner,” for the purposes of this section, shall include the owner, including any public entity that owns residential real property, at the time of the initial notice or order and any successor in interest who had actual or constructive knowledge of the notice, order, or prosecution.

(h)  The remedies authorized by this section shall be in addition to those provided by any other law.

(i)  Nothing in this section or in Section 17980.6 shall impair the rights of an owner exercising his or her rights established pursuant to Chapter 12.75 (commencing with Section 7060) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 952, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 1994.)

17062.5.
  

All fines, civil penalties, and damages awarded pursuant to this part shall be paid as provided in this section. The court order shall direct payment of these moneys for the costs authorized by subdivision (a) of Section 17062 or subdivision (d) of Section 17055. Thereafter, 50 percent of the balance of the total award shall be paid to the agency, person, or entity to which subdivision (a) of Section 17062 or subdivision (d) of Section 17055 is applicable. The balance of the award, if at least one thousand dollars ($1,000) is paid to that agency, person, or entity, shall be deposited in the Farmworker Housing Grant Fund, created pursuant to Section 50517.5, for expenditure by the department without further appropriation in a manner consistent with the other requirements of Section 50517.5, for any of the following purposes:

(a)  Rental housing that serves lower and very low income households, as defined in Sections 50079.5 and 50105, respectively, who are agricultural employees.

(b)  Rental dormitories for unaccompanied men or women who are agricultural employees.

(c)  Rehabilitation or replacement of existing employee housing for seasonal use.

(Added by Stats. 1993, Ch. 952, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 1994.)

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