We are opposing a bill that will be heard next week in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. AB 934 (Feuer; D-Los Angeles) would make it more difficult for property owners and managers to redress disputes with tenants through the courts by denying the use of privileged communications available to virtually every other litigant.
AB 934 changes the law in order to overturn a recent ruling in which the court found that certain statements by rental property owners/managers, in preparation for litigation, were privileged and could not support a finding of libel. If passed, this change in law would have the negative impact of encouraging accusations of slander or libel during the course of court proceedings which could unduly and unfairly harm the property owner/manager who is seeking redress.
We are very concerned that AB 934 will have a chilling effect on the right to redress grievances with tenants that are disruptive to others and/or fail to meet rent or other leasing obligations through the courts. This will have a negative impact on property owners, managers, and tenants alike.
We strongly oppose this bill. Click here to read AB 934 (Feuer; D-Los Angeles).
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