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Press Release: Senate Judiciary Committee Votes Yes on Senate Bill 1103, Moving One Step Closer to Protecting Small Businesses in California

May 1, 2024

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, the California Senate Judiciary Committee voted 9-2 to move forward Senate Bill 1103, the Commercial Tenant Protection Act, authored by Senator Caroline Menjivar (D- San Fernando Valley). The bill is expected to be brought to the Senate floor for a full vote in May.

SB 1103 will:

  • Ensure written lease agreements are provided to commercial tenants in the languages in which they are negotiated;
  • Create transparency and standards with respect to common area maintenance fees;
  • Give small businesses and small nonprofits more time to prepare for rent increases or termination of their tenancies so they can stay in their neighborhoods

A broad coalition of supporters at the Capitol applauds this milestone for SB 1103, which would protect small businesses and nonprofits from displacement and reduce barriers for entrepreneurs starting a new small business. When passed, this bill will provide common-sense protections for small businesses and nonprofits experiencing exorbitant or unexpected rent increases, hidden fees, and inaccessible and opaque lease terms.

“Small businesses and nonprofits are a vital resource for many in my district and across California. Government agencies cannot close the service gaps afflicting the most vulnerable Californians alone, so we rely on the dedicated services provided by community-based nonprofits. Their storefronts contribute to the aesthetics and vitality of our business corridors, as well as increase the walkability and cultural representation within neighborhoods. SB 1103 will protect commercial tenant small businesses and nonprofits by increasing the required notice periods for rent increases or termination of tenancy and requires commercial landlords to provide supporting documentation to justify raising common area maintenance (CAM) fees. These common-sense measures are necessary to preserve and protect the small businesses and non-profits that are essential to the wellbeing of our communities.” – Senator Menjivar

SB 1103 is co-sponsored by Inclusive Action for the City, Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Small Business Majority, and the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO).

Full Press Release:

PRESS RELEASE - SB1103 Passes Senate Judiciary Committee - May 1 2024


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