Over one-third of Californians live in rentals or multi-unit complexes. In San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego over half the residents live in Multi-unit Dwellings (MuDs). Ensuring Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) charging for MuD’s is necessary for the success of PEVs.
- PEV Charging Infrastructure Guidelines for Multi-unit Dwellings (November 2013, PEV Collaborative)
- Addressing Challenges - Electric Vehicle Charging Multifamily Residential Buildings
- Clean Cities TV - San Diego Prepares for Electric Vehicles in Multi-Unit Dwelling Communities
- Mandatory Measures for Newly Constructed Low-Rise Residential Buildings (Los Angeles Municipal Code)
- Prepping for Plug-in Electric Vehicles at Condos, Townhomes and Apartments (San Diego Gas & Electric)
Senate Bill 880
Senate Bill 880 protects the rights of residents of multi-unit dwellings, affirming that "it is the policy of the state to promote, encourage, and remove obstacles to the use of electric vehicle charging stations." The legislation makes it illegal to impose any condition that "effectively prohibits or unreasonably restricts" installation of charging in an owner's designated parking space. If the charging unit is installed in a common area, the law states that certian conditions can be imposted, e.g. a $1 million home owner liability policy that names Home Owner Association as an additional insured.
Assembly Bill 2565
Assembly Bill 2565 provides that for a residential lease executed, extended, or renewed after July 1, 2015, “a lessor of a dwelling shall approve a written request of a lessee to install an electric vehicle charging station at a parking space allotted for the lessee that meets the requirements of this section and complies with the lessor’s procedural approval process for modification to the property.” The law does not apply to residential properties with less than five parking spaces, properties that are subject to rent control, residential leases where no parking is provided as part of the lease, or residential properties where EV charging stations already account for at least 10% of available parking spaces.
As property managers and home owner associations consider adding PEV charging to thier properties, the first step is to find out the current and future interest in PEVs from thier tenants. Below is a survey that can be administered in hardcopy form (Option 1) or via electronically (Option 2).
Option 1: Issue hardcopies of survey to tenants
- Download letter and survey template to issue to tenants
- Edit the letter and survey to include survey deadline and indicate where tenants should submit their survey.
- Issue hardcopies of survey to each tenant (i.e. via mailbox).
- Once completed surveys are received, review and summarize the results to decide if there is a need for electric vehicle charging. Consider conducting this survey on a regular basis to gauge interest in PEVs over time.
Option 2: Send out survey electronically