Author: Wendy Hillger
To help increase funding for affordable housing, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill (Senate Bill 2: “Building Homes and Jobs Act”) that places fees on some real estate transactions in the state of California. Effective in January 2018, a fee of $75 per single parcel of property will now apply for documents such as deeds and notices. The fees are capped at $225 per transaction. Recording of these documents for sales of residential and commercial property are specifically excluded [SB 2 bill text, section 2(19)].
The State Senate estimated these fees would bring the state between $200 to $300 million annually. The additional revenue from the fees will be a permanent source of funding to pay for affordable, low-income housing, of which lawmakers estimate 1.8 million units are needed in the state.
The full bill text can be read here: