Bill Allowing Renters To Install Charging Stations Passes Council In Santa Monica
If you live in Santa Monica, there is a 7 in 10 chance that you rent your residence.
But what to do if you also want to own an plug-in car and your landlord isn’t a big fan of letting you install a charging station?
None of that may matter soon, as bill that just passed Santa Monica City Council and now heads to the State Assembly (AB2565) for approval would take the issue out of your landlord’s hands.
As the Santa Monica Mirror reports, under the terms of the bill if you rent your residence and have a dedicated parking spot that you also lease, a landlord can’t “reasonably” deny a renter the ability to install and operate a charger – provided the tenant covers the cost of the unit, installation and operating costs.
“In our city of about 70 percent renters, it’s going to be very hard for us to achieve our sustainability goals, particularly with respect to electric vehicles, if renters cannot reliably know they can go home and plug in a plug-in vehicle,” Council member Kevin McKeown said. “I’d be ready for a plug-in Prius if I had a plug. But I’m a renter, so I don’t.”
The bill was first introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who looks to piggyback the plug-in momentum that California Gov. Jerry Brown brought to the state, with the goal of having 1.5 million EVs on the road by 2025.
A note attached to the bill reads:
“Property owners may refuse to allow the installation of a charging station even if the tenant is willing to pay for the installation and operation of the station…The fact that 41 percent of California residents live in multi-family housing and do not have access to parking spaces for charging will remain a challenge. AB 2565 would remove this impediment by stating that a property owner cannot unreasonably deny a tenant the ability to install a charging station if the tenant is willing to pay for all expenses related to the installation and operation of the station.”
Interesting fact included in the bill: AB 2565 says that in 2012 there was 29,640 plug-in vehicles in California, but only 4,348 public EVSEs. The bill says the optimal level of public chargers would be in a ratio of 3 to 1 to electric vehicles.
Hopefully this bill passes swiftly and sparks a legislative trend across the county. The Mirror notes that the California Business Property Owners Association has issued a “letter of concern” in response to the proposed bill.