Governor Vetoes AB 1333 -- Refuses to Protect Tenants in Foreclosed Properties from Utility Shut-offs

The Governor has vetoed AB 1333.

AB 1333 (Hancock) passed the California senate on July 7, 2008 by a vote of 22-15.  The bill provided that the legal owner of real property must pay the utilities provided to a property or its tenants following a foreclosure under specified circumstances.  The bill addressed numerous reports of situations where tenants were paying utility costs to the landlord, but landlords were not paying the utility provided, resulting in termination of essential tenant services.  The bill also would have allowed a municipal utility district to place a lien on a property for delinquent fees or charges for the furnishing of water or sewer service to residential property.


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