Breakfast with Gov Hutchinson, CAR General Council

Gov Hutchinson, CAR General Council, gave a great review of new laws in 2015 affecting the real estate industry. The good news….no major changes for landlords at the moment, just a few minor ones. Here’s one regarding what’s the landlord’s responsibility regarding the installation of  electric charging stations:

Landlords must allow for installation of electric vehicle charging stations by renters, so long as the station meets requirements

A tenant shall have the right to install at his or her expense an electric vehicle charging station for any lease executed, renewed, or extended on and after July 1, 2015, in accordance with specified requirements and compliance with the landlord’s approval process for modification to the property.  As for residential properties, the law will not apply to properties with less than 5 parking spaces and one subject to rent control, among other exceptions. As for commercial properties, the law will not apply to properties with less than 50 spaces among other exceptions. The electric vehicle charging station and all modifications and improvements made to the property must comply with federal, state, and local law, and all applicable zoning requirements, land use requirements, and covenants, conditions, and restrictions.

This law also requires the tenant to agree to specified provisions, including compliance with the lessor’s requirements for the installation, use, maintenance, and removal of the charging station and installation of the infrastructure for the charging station as part of the tenant’s request to install the station. The law requires a tenant to maintain in full force and effect a $1,000,000 lessee’s general liability insurance policy, as specified.

The tenant would be required to pay for all costs prior to installation, and later, all costs of damage, maintenance, repair, removal and replacement of the charging station.

Assembly Bill 2565 codified as Civil Code §§1947.6 and 1952.7.  Effective date is July 1, 2015.