Today's Law As Amended


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SB-550 Accessible housing.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 18941.10 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

18941.10.
 As part of the next intervening code adoption cycle of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) adopted after December 1, 2013, the Division of the State Architect, in consultation with the Department of Housing and Community Development, shall propose, and the Building Standards Commission shall adopt, building standards, as follows:
(a) Standards requiring that, in public housing facilities with residential dwelling units, at least 10 percent, but no fewer than one unit, of the total number of residential dwelling units provide mobility features that comply with Sections 11B-809.2 to 11B-890.4, inclusive, of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), or any standards that may be adopted later providing greater accessibility.
(b) Standards requiring that, in public housing facilities with residential dwelling units, at least 4 percent, but no fewer than one unit, of the total number of residential dwelling units provide communications features that comply with Section 11B-809.5 of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations), or any standards that may be adopted later providing greater accessibility.
(c) Standards clarifying that the definition of “public housing” as defined in Section 202 of the California Building Standards Code (Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations) includes multifamily housing that receives financial assistance from any state government, local government, or public agency, including from the California Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, local redevelopment agencies and their successors, cities, counties, and cities and counties, and public housing authorities.
(d) Standards defining “financial assistance” as the provision of any land at less than fair market value, or direct financial assistance, including loans, grants, guarantees, project-based rental assistance, or state or federal low-income housing tax credits.

SEC. 2.

 Section 50466 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

50466.
 The Department of Housing and Community Development shall adopt regulations that give priority for accessible units to persons with disabilities in multifamily housing projects that have received a department grant or loan, and that have accessible units. The regulations shall do all of the following:
(a) Require owners and managers to adopt suitable means to ensure that information regarding the availability of accessible residential dwelling units reaches eligible individuals with disabilities and to take reasonable, nondiscriminatory steps to maximize the use of those units by eligible disabled individuals who require the accessibility of the particular unit.
(b) Require an owner or manager, when an accessible unit becomes vacant, to offer the unit:
(1) First, to a current occupant of another unit within the same project, or a comparable project under common control, with a disability and who requires the accessibility feature of the vacant unit who is occupying a unit that does not have those features, or if no such current occupant exists, then
(2) Second, to an eligible qualified applicant, currently on the owner’s or manager’s waiting list, if one exists, with a disability and who requires the accessibility features of the vacant unit.
(c) Require the owner or manager, when offering an accessible unit to an applicant who does not have a disability and who does not require accessibility features of the unit to require the applicant to agree to move to a nonaccessible unit if the accessible unit is needed for a person with a disability.