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Governor Jerry Brown Signs Important State Affordable Housing Bill

AB 2222, authored by Assembly Member Adrian Nazarian (D-San Fernando Valley), will strengthen the state density bonus law by increasing the affordability requirement of all low and very low income units from 30 years or longer to 55 years or longer.

In addition, AB 2222 will clarify state law to expressly prohibit a developer from receiving a density bonus if the proposed housing development or condominium project will result in a net loss of units affordable to persons and families who are low or very low income.

Before AB 2222, a development project that included the destruction of rent stabilized or affordable units could qualify for a density bonus even if the new project produced fewer affordable units than previously existed on the site. In other words, the law incentivized projects that resulted in a net loss of affordable housing.

AB 2222 closes this loophole and brings the law back in line with its fundamental purpose, ensuring that the state density bonus law is a part of the solution and not a part of the problem.

"The bill recognizes that major cities need to accommodate growing populations but should do so in such a way that existing communities can remain intact," said Doug Smith, attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow for Public Counsel.

Public Counsel is grateful to Assemblymember Nazarian and the Governor for their leadership on this important bill.

Click here to read a news article quoting Public Counsel's Doug Smith about the lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles.