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C.A.R. Opposes AB 2618

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C.A.R. Opposes AB 2618:
It Forces an Unnecessary Certification Requirement on Real Estate Licensees


Contact your Assemblymember Today!

C.A.R. is OPPOSING AB 2618 (Bonta), which requires real estate licensees to complete a mandatory property management certification program to perform property management services that they are already licensed to provide. It also requires private owners to obtain this certification even if they use a licensee to manage their property. C.A.R. opposes AB 2618 because the measure is unnecessary, duplicative of existing law, provides no additional consumer protections, and would deplete the state’s already limited resources.

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Get back to DeAnn or Rian with any information on how your legislator intends to vote.


Existing law requires those who manage residential rental property to have a real estate license. Real estate licensees have already taken and passed a license exam and several real estate college courses. Furthermore, licensees must take 45 hours of continuing education every four years to renew their license, which includes a mandatory course on fair housing.

Existing law provides legal consequences, including license suspension and/or revocation, for those who fail to comply with real estate laws and regulations.

AB 2618 requires all real estate licensees and all those who own and/or manage rental units to complete a property management certification program every two years.


  • AB 2618 is unnecessary. Existing law requires all those performing and receiving compensation for property management services to be real estate licensees. It makes no sense to: 1) mandate “certification” for real estate licensees, who must take a mandatory course on fair housing, and 2) require rental property owners to obtain and renew a “property manager certification” every two years, even if they already have a real estate licensee managing their property.

  • AB 2618 creates no new protections for tenants. Existing law provides consumer protections. Licensees can face both DRE disciplinary action and civil damages. Non-licensees who fail to comply with the law can face fines and penalties under the fair housing laws. Those engaging in property management without a real estate license can face criminal prosecution from the local district attorney. AB 2618 covers no new ground.

  • There’s no data to support the need for additional certification or training. No study or data suggests that there is a need for AB 2618.

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Please contact DeAnn Kerr at deannk@car.org or  Rian Barrett at rianb@car.org.


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