Attention Landlords: Senate Bill 151 Laws Effective July 2019!

Notices must now be served by licensed professionals only.

Notices can only be served by the following persons: Licensed Process Server, Attorney, Agent of Retained Attorney, Constable or Sheriff. Prior law allowed the landlord themselves or landlord’s property manager or agent (under perjury of penalty declaration of service) to serve an eviction notice to a tenant.

Maximum Late Rent Fee 5% Caps

(example: $1000/month rental unit, max late fee for one month late is $50). Prior letter of the law said landlord’s can charge a “reasonable” late fee. (old example: $1000/month rental unit, accepted “reasonable” late fee could be $50 automatic plus $10/day; meaning one month late fee could be $300)

7 Full Judicial Day Pay or Quit Notices

Tenants now have 7 full judicial days, upon being properly served a non-payment of rent eviction notice, to pay their rent due or surrender the keys and property possession back to the landlord. Before the changes the tenants had to do the same by noon of the 5th judicial day.

Sheriff or Constable Lockouts

Sheriff or Constable Lockouts (tenant being removed) can no longer take place prior to the 24 hour notice period ending. The tenants, upon being served a 24 hour lockout notice, must be removed between the end of the 24 hours but no later than 36 hours after service. Prior to this change the Sheriff or Constable could show up at the property anytime within 24 hours of serving the 24 hour notice.

Post-Eviciton Property Access

• Landlords must allow access to the property during the first 5 calendar days after the tenant has been evicted in order to get any leftover personal property. Prior law said the tenant must get their leftover personal property within 30 calendar days of being removed but placed no burden on the landlord within the first 5 calendar days.

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