April 3, 2006
Honorable Richard Alarcon
CA State Senate
RE: Support SB 1834 - Ellis Act
Dear Senator Alarcon:
We are writing in support of Senate Bill 1834. We believe that this is an important step in improving the implementation of the Ellis Act (Gov. Code Section 7060). [Information about your organization]
We need to act now to even the playing field for renters. You should support SB 1834 because:
- SB 1834 will inform the tenant who is at least 62 years of age and entitled to the one year extension of time (after a landlord begins the process to withdraw the accommodation from the rental market) to provide the landlord with a copy of their drivers license, passport or birth certificate.
- SB 1834 will inform the tenant who is disabled under Gov. Code Section 12955.3 and entitled to the one year extension of time (after a landlord begins the process to withdraw the accommodation from the rental market) to provide the landlord a letter from their doctor or other health care provider identifying their disability or disability status, a medical record, proof of medication which the tenant is taking for the disability, a letter from a social worker, or a letter from a third party in a position to know of the disability.
- SB 1834 will require the landlord and the tenant to participate in an interactive process when there is uncertainty as to the documentation provided by the tenant. This process will assure that landlords will communicate with the tenant before the landlord denies the tenant their entitlement to the one year extension
We know you share our concern that tenants need to be protected from unscrupulous landlords who want to evict tenants without fault. This bill does precisely that, without taxing enforcement agencies already tight budgets.
Members of Senate Transportation and Housing Committee