To Find New Ways To Waste Our Tax Dollars????
Another Point-of-Sale Mandate!
AB 2204 (De La Torre), would require lawyers to review every deed, CC&Rs etc, and remove illegal, obsolete and unenforceable restrictions from historic title records in connection with a transfer of property. Guess who pays? You do because AB 2204 would add $500 - $1,000 in costs to transactions and for what.
Existing law already makes any provision in a deed of real property that restricts the right of a person to sell, lease, rent, use, or occupy the property based on race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, disability, source of income, or sexual orientation illegal and unenforceable.
Please contact Senator Sheila Kuehl TODAY to urge her to vote NO on AB 2204.
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The California Association Of Realtors Opposes AB2204 Because:
Current law already protects buyers and renters from discrimination. This bill ignores multiple existing responses to ancient unconstitutional covenants and deed restrictions (the latest of which was approved only last year), and instead attempts to impose a new program upon real estate transactions and Recorders. Existing mechanisms already deal with the issue effectively.
AB 2204 creates another financial burden for home buyers. Searching and purging old documents will cost literally tens of millions of dollars. These costs will be added to those which a buyer already must pay at closing, when they can least afford it.
AB 2204 would be very costly to counties. L.A. County alone estimates that it will have to read the documents related to 17,000 transactions every month! If there is only a single deed in each of these transactions that needs to be rewritten, it will cost L.A. County at least 27 new lawyers in legal costs alone. However, it is extremely unlikely that these transactions will have only a single document that needs to be rewritten since every deed and CC&R in the chain of title will have to be reviewed. Not every county is as large as L.A., but every county will have the same expensive problem. Counties will undoubtedly try to build the cost into increased recording fees, fees that will be paid by homebuyers.
AB 2204 diverts attention from critical real estate disclosures. Homebuyers are already faced with a daunting stack of disclosures and documents to sign. This bill proposes to add to that burden, but without any legal benefit.
AB 2204 seeks to erase history. Philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.” Rather than pretend that such egregious discrimination never existed by attempting to “sanitize” the record, isn’t it wiser for the record to reflect what happened historically so society can continue to learn from its past mistakes?