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 Tips & Tastes Presentation: October 29, 2019

 

 

City of Santa Barbara


Zoning Information Reports (ZIR)

In the City of Santa Barbara, sellers of residential property must provide the buyer within seven (7) days after entering into an agreement of sale a ZIR. The seller can provide a physical copy, an electronic copy, or a web link to the Property Records Database. 

 

 

 

Short Term Rentals (STR)

The City of Santa Barbara does not allow STR’s, although there are some exceptions.  If the unit is within a R-4, Commercial (C), or Manufacturing (M) zone you can register with the City and get a business license. Although this seems like a big change, the City really hasn’t changed anything except now they are enforcing their current ordinance and they won’t be issuing business licenses and collecting Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). 

 

 

Mandatory Offer of a One-Year Lease

In the City of Santa Barbara, landlords are required to offer residential tenants on-year leases in many circumstances.  There are exemptions such as single-family dwellings and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s).

 

 

 

Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law (statewide)

Establishes a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction laws. 

Rent Cap - Rent increases are capped at 5 percent plus inflation, or up to a hard cap of 10 percent, whichever is lower.  All rent increases since March 15, 2019 will count toward the rent cap, and if above the permissible rent cap, will have to be rolled back effective January 1, 2020.

Just Cause Landlords may only evict for “just cause.” There is a list of 15 reasons.  The just cause reasons are divided into two categories:

  • “At fault” termination of tenancy is generally based upon a tenant’s breach of the lease, among other reasons, and does not requirethe payment of relocation assistance.
  • “At fault” reasons include non-payment of rent, nuisance, criminal activity, refusal to allow entry, and breach of a material term of the lease.
  • “No fault” termination of tenancy is allowed when the tenant has not breached the lease and will requirethe landlord to pay one month’s rent in relocation assistance.
  • “No fault” reasons include owner occupancy, withdrawal from the rental market, substantial remodeling and compliance with government order to vacate the property,

Just cause eviction only applies to tenants who have been continuously and lawfully occupying the property for 12 months.

Exemptions
Exempts single family properties and condos if:

  • Notice of the exemption is provided to the tenants and;
  • The owner is not a REIT, a corporation, or an LLC where an owner is a corporation

Other exemptions include:

  • Housing that has been issued a certificate of occupancy within previous last 15 years
  • Owner occupied duplexes
  • Owner occupied single-family properties renting no more than two bedrooms including Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADU”s). (This exemption applies only to just cause but not the rent cap)
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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The City of Santa Barbara adopted local development regulations regarding ADU’s.  There are ADU Covenants (Deed restrictions enforcing terms regarding sale, rental, and owner occupancy).

 

ADU Information

 

Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE)

This program is a financing mechanism to allow property owners to make energy efficiency, seismic improvements and water conservation upgrades to real property. Under this model, property owners can borrow up to 100 percent of the project cost and repayments are added to the annual property tax bill issued by the County. PACE is just one of many options to consider when looking for financing for home projects.

 

We caution any who use this program to review all documents closely and investigate any potential provider. 

 

Sign Ordinance

Putting up an “Open House” sign or “For Sale” sign?  Here is a friendly reminder of the rules within the South County.  Remember… it’s always important to be a respectful neighbor!  Place your signs in a way that does not obstruct visibility, pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

 

“Open House” Signs

  • Five (5) off-site open house signs allowed
  • Each sign may be up to three (3) square feet
  • The height of each sign cannot exceed three (3) feet (includes supporting structure)
  • Off-site open house signs may be erected within the public right-of-way (parkway) if the signs:
    • Do not obstruct or create a hazard to pedestrians or vehicular traffic
    • Are not placed on vehicles
    • Are not placed in street medians
    • Do not have decorative attachments (i.e. balloons, streamers, etc.)

 

“For Sale” Signs

One (1) for sale sign allowed on each street frontage

  • Each sign may be up to four(4) square feet
  • The height of each sign cannot exceed six (6) feet from the ground
  • Signs are not permitted in the right-of-way (parkway) unless there is NO other location on the property.  If a sign is posted in the right-of-way it is subject to all the rules and regulations of the City of Santa Barbara which states signs in the right-of-way are prohibited. 

 

City of Goleta


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The City of Goleta adopted local development regulations regarding ADU’s.  There are ADU owner-occupancy requirements.

 

 

Sign Ordinance

Putting up an “Open House” sign or “For Sale” sign?  Here is a friendly reminder of the rules within the South County.  Remember… it’s always important to be a respectful neighbor!  Place your signs in a way that does not obstruct visibility, pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

 

“For Sale” Signs

  • One temporary, on-premise, unlighted sign not exceeding six square feet in sign area

“Open House” Signs

  • Do not obstruct or create a hazard to pedestrians or vehicular traffic

  

Short Term Rental (STR)

The City of Goleta adopted an ordinance that takes into consideration the owner of the property, the short term vacationer, and the neighbors.  Here is what is needed in addition to a short term vacation rental permit:

  • Nuisance Response Plan
  • Transient Occupancy Tax Application for Certificate Registration
  • Surety bond in the amount of $1,500
  • Permit Application fee of $75.00
  • Declaration of Notification (as proof that all properties within 200 feet have been mailed the Public Notice of Short-Term Vacation Rental Application)
  • General Business License Application. If a business license has already been obtained, the business license number needs to be provided on the permit application.

 

 

Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law (statewide)

Establishes a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction laws. 

Rent Cap - Rent increases are capped at 5 percent plus inflation, or up to a hard cap of 10 percent, whichever is lower.  All rent increases since March 15, 2019 will count toward the rent cap, and if above the permissible rent cap, will have to be rolled back effective January 1, 2020.

Just Cause Landlords may only evict for “just cause.” There is a list of 15 reasons.  The just cause reasons are divided into two categories:

  • “At fault” termination of tenancy is generally based upon a tenant’s breach of the lease, among other reasons, and does not requirethe payment of relocation assistance.
  • “At fault” reasons include non-payment of rent, nuisance, criminal activity, refusal to allow entry, and breach of a material term of the lease.
  • “No fault” termination of tenancy is allowed when the tenant has not breached the lease and will requirethe landlord to pay one month’s rent in relocation assistance.
  • “No fault” reasons include owner occupancy, withdrawal from the rental market, substantial remodeling and compliance with government order to vacate the property,

Just cause eviction only applies to tenants who have been continuously and lawfully occupying the property for 12 months.

Exemptions
Exempts single family properties and condos if:

  • Notice of the exemption is provided to the tenants and;
  • The owner is not a REIT, a corporation, or an LLC where an owner is a corporation

Other exemptions include:

  • Housing that has been issued a certificate of occupancy within previous last 15 years
  • Owner occupied duplexes
  • Owner occupied single-family properties renting no more than two bedrooms including Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADU”s). (This exemption applies only to just cause but not the rent cap)
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City of Carpinteria


 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The City of Carpinteria has not adopted local development regulations regarding ADU’s.  Instead the City is still adhering to the Secondary Dwelling Units Ordinance.

 

 

 

Sign Ordinance

Putting up an “Open House” sign or “For Sale” sign?  Here is a friendly reminder of the rules within the South County.  Remember… it’s always important to be a respectful neighbor!  Place your signs in a way that does not obstruct visibility, pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

 

“For Sale” Signs

  • Signs for real estate sales purposes, or signs denoting the architect, engineer or contractor, when placed upon the property for sale or work under construction, and not collectively exceeding sixteen square feet in area

“Open House” Signs

  • Do not obstruct or create a hazard to pedestrians or vehicular traffic

 

Short Term Rentals (STR)

The City of Carpinteria adopted short term regulations.   This new ordinance establishes well-defined geographic boundaries within which short-term rentals are authorized and a quantitative cap, limit the location and maximum number of short term rentals that may be permitted, and establish permitting and operating standards for short-term rentals.  Home Stays are allowable.  It’s important to note that the vacation rental license shall be personal to the applicant/owner and shall automatically expire upon sale or transfer of the premises or residential unit.

 

 

Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law (statewide)

Establishes a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction laws. 

Rent Cap - Rent increases are capped at 5 percent plus inflation, or up to a hard cap of 10 percent, whichever is lower.  All rent increases since March 15, 2019 will count toward the rent cap, and if above the permissible rent cap, will have to be rolled back effective January 1, 2020.

Just Cause Landlords may only evict for “just cause.” There is a list of 15 reasons.  The just cause reasons are divided into two categories:

  • “At fault” termination of tenancy is generally based upon a tenant’s breach of the lease, among other reasons, and does not requirethe payment of relocation assistance.
  • “At fault” reasons include non-payment of rent, nuisance, criminal activity, refusal to allow entry, and breach of a material term of the lease.
  • “No fault” termination of tenancy is allowed when the tenant has not breached the lease and will requirethe landlord to pay one month’s rent in relocation assistance.
  • “No fault” reasons include owner occupancy, withdrawal from the rental market, substantial remodeling and compliance with government order to vacate the property,

Just cause eviction only applies to tenants who have been continuously and lawfully occupying the property for 12 months.

Exemptions
Exempts single family properties and condos if:

  • Notice of the exemption is provided to the tenants and;
  • The owner is not a REIT, a corporation, or an LLC where an owner is a corporation

Other exemptions include:

  • Housing that has been issued a certificate of occupancy within previous last 15 years
  • Owner occupied duplexes
  • Owner occupied single-family properties renting no more than two bedrooms including Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADU”s). (This exemption applies only to just cause but not the rent cap)
(Sign-in Required)    

County of Santa Barbara


Sign Ordinance

Putting up an “Open House” sign or “For Sale” sign?  Here is a friendly reminder of the rules within the South County.  Remember… it’s always important to be a respectful neighbor!  Place your signs in a way that does not obstruct visibility, pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

 

“For Sale” Signs

  • One temporary, on-premise, unlighted sign not exceeding six square feet in sign area

“Open House” Signs

  • Do not obstruct or create a hazard to pedestrians or vehicular traffic

 

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

The County of Santa Barbara adopted local development regulations regarding ADU’s for both the Inland and Coastal Zones.

 

 

Short Term Rentals (STR)

The County of Santa Barbara Adopted short term regulations for the inland zones, but not the coastal zones.

 

 

Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law (statewide)

Establishes a Rent Cap and Just Cause eviction laws. 

Rent Cap - Rent increases are capped at 5 percent plus inflation, or up to a hard cap of 10 percent, whichever is lower.  All rent increases since March 15, 2019 will count toward the rent cap, and if above the permissible rent cap, will have to be rolled back effective January 1, 2020.

Just Cause Landlords may only evict for “just cause.” There is a list of 15 reasons.  The just cause reasons are divided into two categories:

  • “At fault” termination of tenancy is generally based upon a tenant’s breach of the lease, among other reasons, and does not requirethe payment of relocation assistance.
  • “At fault” reasons include non-payment of rent, nuisance, criminal activity, refusal to allow entry, and breach of a material term of the lease.
  • “No fault” termination of tenancy is allowed when the tenant has not breached the lease and will requirethe landlord to pay one month’s rent in relocation assistance.
  • “No fault” reasons include owner occupancy, withdrawal from the rental market, substantial remodeling and compliance with government order to vacate the property,

Just cause eviction only applies to tenants who have been continuously and lawfully occupying the property for 12 months.

Exemptions
Exempts single family properties and condos if:

  • Notice of the exemption is provided to the tenants and;
  • The owner is not a REIT, a corporation, or an LLC where an owner is a corporation

Other exemptions include:

  • Housing that has been issued a certificate of occupancy within previous last 15 years
  • Owner occupied duplexes
  • Owner occupied single-family properties renting no more than two bedrooms including Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADU”s). (This exemption applies only to just cause but not the rent cap)
(Sign-in Required)    



Additional Resources for the State of California


State of California

California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

California State Assembly Member Monique Limón

United States Senator Kamala Harris

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

United States Congressman Salud Carbajal

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