Important Update for California Landlords: Understanding the New Civil Code on Micromobility Devices

Dear California Landlords,

We trust this message finds you in good health. We are reaching out to inform you about recent legislative changes that directly impact landlords in the state of California. The introduction of new Civil Code provisions related to micromobility devices (i.e. e-bikes, electric scooters, hoverboards, etc.) necessitates your attention to ensure that your properties align with the updated regulations.

Overview of the New Civil Code on Micromobility Devices:

Civil Code amendments regarding micromobility devices, effective as of January 1, 2024, address the increasing prevalence of electric scooters, bikes, and other compact transportation options. The primary goal of these changes is to regulate the use and parking of micromobility devices on rental properties.

Key Points to Consider:

  1. Parking Regulations:
    • The new law establishes guidelines for the parking of micromobility devices on rental properties.
    • It’s important to review your property’s parking policies to ensure they comply with the specified regulations.
  2. Liability Considerations:
    • Landlords should be aware of the liability implications associated with micromobility devices on their premises.
    • Consider updating lease agreements or including specific clauses to address liability issues related to these devices. Lingsch Realty will be taking care of this for all their monthly property management clients.
  3. Tenant Education:
    • Ensure that tenants are informed about the regulations regarding the use and parking of micromobility devices.
    • Consider including information in welcome packets or lease renewals to keep tenants aware of their responsibilities.
  4. Property Modifications:
    • Evaluate whether any modifications to common areas or parking facilities are necessary to accommodate micromobility devices.
    • If modifications are needed, communicate these changes to tenants in advance.

Action Steps for Landlords:

To navigate these changes effectively, we recommend the following action steps:

  1. Review Property Policies:
    • Examine your property’s existing policies, especially those related to parking and common areas, and update them to reflect the new regulations.
  2. Communicate with Tenants:
    • Clearly communicate any changes in policies to your tenants, ensuring they are aware of the regulations surrounding micromobility devices.
  3. Consider Legal Counsel:
    • If you have specific questions or concerns about how the new Civil Code applies to your property, seek legal advice to ensure compliance.
  4. Monitor and Adjust:
    • Stay informed about any further developments or updates to micromobility regulations and be prepared to make adjustments as needed.

We appreciate your attention to this matter and encourage you to take proactive steps to align your rental properties with the updated Civil Code provisions on micromobility devices. For more information, please review this informational video produced by the San Francisco Apartment Association. If you have any questions or require further clarification, do not hesitate to reach out.


Natalie Drees


Lingsch Realty

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