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Courtside Real Estate: New Fair Housing Regulations: What You Need to be Aware of in 2020


BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL
CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW

What are the most important laws to keep in mind for property managers and landlords at the start of the new year? The answer to this question tends to vary. Some may comment “Rent Control”, while others may begin to discuss minimum wage increases and AB 5. In the midst of the avalanche of new laws from the California Legislature, the new Fair Housing Regulations, which are effective as of January 1, 2020, are often overlooked. The new Regulations are extensive, detailed, and cover a wide variety of topics. These new Regulations address Service Animals and Assistance Animals; establish permissible questions for service animals; address the landlord’s ability to use criminal history and acts in considering tenants; establishes reasonable accommodation as it relates to unlawful detainer actions; and addresses discrimination in housing.

It is of the utmost important that individuals set aside appropriate time to analyze the Regulations, assess their internal policies, and modify their practices as necessary to ensure they comply with the new Regulations. The Regulations clarify duties as they relate to protected classes, define liability for discriminatory housing practices, address financial assistance obligations, address harassment and retaliation, establish residential real estate practices with discriminatory effects, clarify discriminatory land use practices, clarify reasonable accommodations, establish Regulations for assistance pets, and outline the types of information which a landlord may rely on when considering tenants.

While the above list is not exhaustive, it aims to provide a thousand mile overview of some of the broad and important topics which are included in these new Regulations. With numerous other housing laws going into effect, landlords and property managers should ensure they are allocating sufficient time to understanding these new Regulations. Due to the depth of the new Regulations, we suggest that property managers and landlords independently assess the new Regulations, attend a training at their local REALTORS® association, and consult legal counsel to ensure their policies and practices are compliant with the Fair Housing Regulations in the new year.

New Laws: The 2020 Real Estate Laws You Should Know – The Courtside Newsletter


BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL
CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW

The California legislature passed a series of new laws which Real Estate Broker and Agents should be aware of as the industry moves into the new-year. While a majority of the laws go into effect on January 1, 2020, some laws became active as recently as September 2019. Thus, it will be important to quickly assess your practices to determine if you are complying with the new laws. Administrative regulations are sure to follow. These laws are briefly addressed here for purposes of providing an overview of some of the important laws for the coming year.

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Courtside Newsletter: Assembly Bill 1482: Rent Caps & Just Cause Evictions


October 2019

BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW
CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW

Recently, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1482. For those who may not yet know, AB 1482 adds new Civil Codes, sections 1946.2, 1947.12, and 1947.13, which establish a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction. While this article provides information related to this new law, it is of the utmost importance that landlords, property managers, and tenants subleasing their properties consult legal counsel to address their individual concerns as the law is complex and ambiguous.

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ADA Website Compliance: Changing Case Law Imposes New Responsibility for Agents & Brokers


BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW
CODY J. BELLMEYER, ATTORNEY AT LAW

The California Court of Appeal recently decided Thurston v. Midvale Corp which addressed website compliance as it relates to ADA and the Unruh Civil Rights Act. In summary, the Plaintiff, Thurston, was blind and used a screen reader software to access the internet. Thurston sued a Los Angeles restaurant, The Whisper Lounge, based on the fact that her software was unable to read the menu or make reservations on the website.

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AB 5 Passed Out of Senate as Ninth Circuit Depublishes Vasquez Decision


BY: JOHN V. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL
ASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK

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Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez) has passed out of the Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee, bringing those in the employment industry and employees one step closer to clarity regarding independent contractor status. AB 5 is in response to Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, wherein the Court created a new “ABC” test as a standard for determining independent contractor status. Pursuant to this test, “a worker is properly considered an independent contractor, to whom a wage order does not apply, only if the hiring entity establishes:

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New Supra eKEY authorization code feature


Dear Customer,   We are excited to announce a new way for Supra eKEY users to authorize their eKEY app. This new feature makes it easy to obtain an authorization code when an eKEY user gets a new phone or needs to re-install their eKEY app.   To obtain an authorization code from the eKEY app:

  1. Launch the eKEY app
  2. Select Activate eKEY App and the screen below is displayed
  3. Enter email address or phone number
  4. Enter 4-digit Supra ekey numeric code
  5. Click Submit
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Updated Supra eKEY apps


Dear Customer,
 

A new version of the Supra® eKEY® app for Android™ and Apple® devices is now available in the app stores.

 

This new version contains:

  • Improvements to searching for listings for eKEY Professional subscribers: When a search for listings returns a very large number of listings, it will now prompt you to narrow your search.
  • Updates to our privacy policy, including clarifying how our apps use location services and that Supra does not share Personal Information with third parties or affiliates for direct marketing purposes.

eKey App Resources

 

If your agents have any questions, please direct them to call our support line at 1-877-699-6787 or email us at [email protected].

Regards,

Supra

Courtside Real Estate Newsletter: June 2019 New and Revised Forms


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BY: JOHN G. GIARDINELLI, ATTORNEY AT LAW | OF COUNSEL
ASHLEY A. RICHARDSON, LAW CLERK

Recently, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R) released its list of proposed new and revised forms scheduled for release in June 2019. This list includes three new forms and thirteen revised forms. This Courtside Newsletter will discuss what real estate practitioners should be aware of in using the forms for future transactions. Much of the information relating to these forms was obtained from C.A.R.

New Forms:

Purchase Agreement Probate Addendum (PAPA)

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Supra eKEY apps: Updated versions available


Dear Customer,
Supra is pleased to release updated versions of the Supra® eKEY® app for Android™ and Apple®. These are now available in the Apple app store and the Google Play™ store.

The following enhancements have been made to the app:

  • Improved stability when authorizing the eKEY app
  • Improvements in the Bluetooth® connection between Samsung J series phones and keyboxes
  • The listing ID is updated for a keybox even when the keybox is not in the eKEY app inventory
  • Showing notifications now display long addresses correctly
  • The listing status change date displays the same on both Apple and Android devices
  • The showing notification list indicates if a listing is on the Hotsheet
  • When a keybox is read, the list of openings will now display in current time zone rather than GMT
  • Improvements to error messaging
  • Showing notifications are delivered to active agents only

If your agents have any questions, please direct them to call our support line at 1-877-699-6787 or email us at [email protected].

Regards,

Supra