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California Governor Brown Signs Pro-Housing Enforcement Bill

· Scott Safadi,Palo Alto California

Based in Palo Alto, California, Scott Safadi is the general manager of Cal Bay Property Management, a San Francisco Bay Area real estate management company that specializes in commercial properties. In conjunction with his day-to-day work, Scott Safadi maintains membership in the California Apartment Association.

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that will require governments to provide due legal process before preventing real estate organizations from getting building permits and to follow specific enforcement procedures when those governments break the law in this regard. Specifically, local governments will be required to submit a list of detailed findings and to provide authorization to an individual who has legal standing in order to enforce the denial.

The bill, AB 2584, was sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) and was staunchly supported by the California Apartment Association during this year’s legislative session. With the passage and signing of this bill, the Housing Accountability Act will see expanded enforcement throughout the state.

This bill also gives legal standing to organizations such as the California Apartment Association that didn’t have it before. Previously, only applicants and/or tenants of housing projects could bring litigation against local governments.


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