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AB-2774 Hiring of real property: tenants: late fees. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/20/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2774


Introduced by Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer

February 20, 2020


An act to add Section 1950.10 to the Civil Code, relating to hiring of real property.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2774, as introduced, Jones-Sawyer. Hiring of real property: tenants: late fees.
Existing law specifies various terms and conditions that apply to all persons who hire dwelling units located within this state, including tenants, lessees, boarders, lodgers, and others.
This bill would prohibit a landlord, or the landlord’s agent, from charging a tenant a late fee in excess of $50 with regard to specified rental agreements. The bill would specify that it is not intended to supersede any applicable law or regulation that governs the collection of late fees under federal or state housing assistance programs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 1950.10 is added to the Civil Code, to read:

1950.10.
 (a) A landlord, or the landlord’s agent, may not charge a tenant a late fee in excess of fifty dollars ($50).
(b) For purposes of this section, “late fee” means a monetary charge imposed on the tenant due to a failure on the part of the tenant to pay the agreed-upon rental amount within the timeframe specified within the rental agreement.
(c) (1) This section is not intended to supersede any applicable law or regulation that governs the collection of late fees under federal or state housing assistance programs.
(2) This section shall apply to rental agreements entered into, extended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.