New Law Limits Rental Security Deposits Starting July 1

Starting July 1, landlords in California cannot charge more than one month’s rent for a security deposit, thanks to AB 12. This law stops landlords from requiring deposits of two or three times the monthly rent.

San Diego renter Daniel Almanza, who pays $1,300 a month for a one-bedroom studio in City Heights, says this law will help families struggling with high rental costs. Rents in his area have skyrocketed, with nearby apartments going for $2,800 a month, forcing some families to share living spaces.

Tenant advocates see this as a positive change, making housing more affordable and accessible. Rafael Bautista from the San Diego Tenants Union says removing financial barriers will help more people find homes without needing large sums of money upfront.

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