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news releaseThe Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) issued a news release this morning announcing a new web-based app that is now available to help Californians understand their rights and options under The Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 (Act).

The news release can be found here:

California Department of Real Estate

dre guidelines picThe Department of Real Estate has released Real Estate Advertising Guidelines.

Click HERE to view the pdf



On August 31,2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 3088. This new law protects renters, small landlords, and homeowners who are unable to pay their rent or mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law – The Tenant, Homeowner, and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act of 2020 – took effect August 31, 2020. Additional information about this law can be found here.

The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) was tasked with developing a tenant, landlord, and homeowner resource website,, to not only provide information and resources on this new legislation, but also house the soon-to-be revised publication, California Tenants – A Guide to Residential Tenants’ and Landlords’ Rights and Responsibilities. Please be advised that the website will be continuously updated over the next few hours, days, and the coming weeks. The development of the website was a collaboration between Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency (BCSH) and DRE.

Department of Real Estate
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Did you miss the Economist Update entitled 'The Economy-Housing Market (Dis)connection'?

By Economist Dr. Robert Kleinhenz

Click HERE to view the Presentation

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C.A.R. Weekly Digest September 2, 2020

8/8/2020 - President Trump signs executive order on stimulus aid relief

With Congress unable to reach a deal on the next coronavirus relief package, President Trump on Saturday signed executive orders that would extend enhanced federal unemployment benefits, cut payroll taxes for some employees, continue a temporary ban on evictions and defer student loans.

It’s unclear whether Trump has the legal authority to make such changes on his own, because the power to collect taxes, spend money and write laws rests with Congress. The impact of the orders may be limited, and legal challenges are expected.

Congress has been unable to agree on how much to provide for unemployment insurance, whether to continue delaying student loan payments, whether Congress should impose an eviction moratorium, or help renters make payments, and how much to provide to help schools reopen and to help state and local governments weather the crisis.

Read the Los Angeles Times story.


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Scammers Exploit California’s COVID-19: Contact Tracing Program

During the COVID-19 pandemic fraudsters are using this opportunity to create fear amongst residents across California. Many traditional financial crimes and schemes are now orchestrated through electronics. Now, more than ever people of all ages, including the elderly can be victimized by these criminals. The newest plot line in these online crimes, include California contact tracers. Read More...


7/13/2020 NEW: Governor Newsom – New Statewide & County Closures: Effective immediately, California closes some indoor business operations statewide and additional indoor operations in counties on Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days.

  • Statewide indoor closures include restaurants, bars and breweries, wineries & tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, and cardrooms.
  • County indoor closures include fitness centers, places of worship, indoor protests, offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors, personal care services, hair salons and barbershops, and malls. County closures apply to counties that have been on the County Monitoring List for 3 consecutive days. For a list of affected counties, please visit

California Housing Market Update – June 2020 presented by Leslie Appleton-Young

UPDATED: July 2020 Coronavirus Forms Release Quick Summary: The C.A.R. COVID-19 forms are all available in zipForm® Plus in the C.A.R. forms library, and can be easily located by searching the library under the “COVID-19” category. [updated July 13] [Download here]

NAR MLS COVID-19 Guidance:


Updated C.A.R. Legal Guidance on Open Houses 7/10/2020

On July 2, the Departments of Public Health and Cal/OSHA released new guidance on COVID-19, including some relating to real estate. While there are some changes in office openings, cleaning protocols and other issues which required minor changes in the BPPP and related forms, they do not significantly change practices.

“Open Houses” on a walk-in basis are still prohibited. All showings still require either an appointment or a digital sign-in process prior to entry including completing a PEAD form. Any such showings still must follow these rules: (1) Have protective equipment made available like masks and hand sanitizer; (2) Thoroughly clean all shown properties and disinfect commonly used areas such as doors and door knobs, cabinet handles, switches, etc; (3) Control the number of people in the house by only allowing in one buying party at a time (which could be more than one person). The listing agent and buyer's agent may also be on the property at the same time; (4) All showings require appointments OR digital sign-ins.

Based on this, an advertisement using the term "Open House" alone is likely deceptive as it implies a walk-in basis without the mandatory appointments/digital sign-in protocols that are not typical for an “Open House.” Although it is recommended that no “Open House” signs be used, if they are, they must also include information on the sign or a sign rider indicating that appointments or digital sign-in are required before entry. Of course, the regular protocols of advance digital completion of PEAD forms before entering, social distancing, limitations on persons going through the house at one time, cleaning and disinfecting between each showing, etc. apply. However, any type of traditional open houses -- spontaneous walk-up with no digital sign-in or appointment or adherence to all protocols—would threaten the policy allowing licensees to show property and, worse, threaten the health of the seller and those visiting potentially causing a super-spreader event.

Realtors® using “Open House” signs or advertisements without the riders about advance appointments or digital sign-in may be subject to ethics discipline for violating the “true picture” test under Article 12 as the common understanding of an “Open House” by the public and the industry does not include advance digital sign-ins or appointments, along with the other protocols that would delay a spontaneous showing. In the end, variations on this would have to be decided by panels, in the context of the COVID-19 rules in place at the time.

As a reminder, cities or counties may be more restrictive than State Guidance and orders. Some local rules prohibit any type of “Open House” or restrict the number of persons who can view the property to two at one time. The more restrictive local rules will supersede the statewide industry guidance and must be followed. Of course, in those jurisdictions prohibiting “Open Houses” altogether, “Open House” signs should not be used at all.

Please also be aware the Department of Real Estate has reassigned 17 employees including 5 or 6 recently hired special investigators from its Los Angeles office to assist the Department of Public Health with contact tracing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As for licensees who may be violating/have violated the Governor’s Executive Orders, if the DRE learns of such violations, they indicated their focus is to educate the subject licensee and remind him/her of the importance to follow the Executive Orders and take efforts to minimize/eliminate the spread of the virus. Although the DRE did not explicitly so state, it is also possible that if these violations are egregious or repeated, they may also be reported to the authorities for further action.

Members who have questions about this guidance or anything else relating to transactions, please direct them to the Member Legal Hotline.

C.A.R. releases new issue of Coronavirus Weekly Recap newsletter

​Read the full issue here.

Upcoming Webinars/Meetings: find a list of upcoming webinars/meetings open to all members by visiting

• NEW: Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act Signed Into Law: President Trump has signed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act into law, extending the amount of time Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan recipients have to spend their funds from eight weeks to 24 weeks. It also lowers the portion of funds borrowers must spend on payroll costs to 60 percent, down from 75 percent in order to qualify for forgiveness of the full PPP loan amount. [For more information]

REVISED: Quick Guide - Showing Compliance: COVID-19: On May 8, 2020, the Department of Public Health and Cal/Osha posted “Industry Guidance: Real Estate Transactions”, which contains a host of rules detailing how properties must be shown during COVID-19 [revised as of June 4]

• Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Employees and Supervisors

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ShowingHouse SignC.A.R. Releases New Form to Help Members Comply with New Industry Guidance on Showing Properties

On May 8, the Department of Public Health issued new industry guidance for real estate transactions. Included in the guidance is the requirement that agents post rules on the property – with pictograms – that must be agreed to as a condition of entry by all people viewing the property. C.A.R. is in the process of creating a comprehensive approach that will allow any brokerage to comply with all aspects of the new industry guidance. In the meantime, posting both this new form and the PEAD form together at the entrance to a property will assist agents and brokers in complying in part with the new industry guidance until the comprehensive approach is released. Get access to the Pictogram Sign here.

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