Brown signs bill protecting tenants' rent rights

6:15 PM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - California landlords won't be able to require their tenants to pay their rent online under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The governor announced Friday that he has signed SB1055 by Torrance Sen. Ted Lieu, a Democrat.

The bill protects tenants who want to make rental payments by check or money order.

Lieu says he learned of a property management group that notified residents in a 300-unit complex that it was converting to online-only rent payments. One fixed-income senior in Torrance said she received an eviction notice even though she has never been late with a payment.

Lieu says his bill ensures that the elderly, disabled and poor will have more than one option to pay rent.

The Associated Press

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