Realtors with the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors regularly keep abreast of new California laws so they can protect their clients. At separate occasions Realtors learned of the new laws from California Association of Realtors assistant general counsel Gov Hutchinson and PRDS counsel Vickie Naidorf.
Both Hutchinson and Naidorf informed Realtors as a result of the 2017 Northern California fires, a new law (SB 969) now requires automatic garage doors sold or installed in a residence after July 1, 2019, to have a battery backup that can operate the garage door in the event of a power outage. Old garage door openers cannot be used with a new garage door. There is a civil penalty of $1,000 for violation of these provisions.
Garage door openers have a manual release which can be used when the power is off. During the fires, many residents, particularly the elderly, were not able to escape in their vehicles because they did not have the strength to open their garage door. Some of them died.
Beginning in January, California law will require new homes built in the state to be equipped with solar panels. The California Energy Commission estimates the solar requirement would drive up housing costs by about $10,000, but solar would eventually reduce consumers’ energy bills. California is the first state in the nation to make solar mandatory for new homes.
Hutchinson said there are several new laws pertaining to rentals which consumers may not be aware of. The law requires…