California Submetering: Understanding Senate Bill 7

In a previous posting, we presented an overview of California submetering legislation, specifically, California Senate Bill 7. In this week’s installment, we will look at some important details of the legislation.

SB 7, which took effect on January 1, 2018, can be summarized as follows:

Intent

As stated in the bill, the intent of the legislation is twofold:

(a) To encourage the conservation of water in multifamily residential rental buildings through means either within the landlord's or the tenant's control.

(b) To establish that the practices involving the submetering of dwelling units for water service are just and reasonable and include appropriate safeguards for both tenants and landlords.

Weights & Measures