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Oakland City Council To Vote On New Tenant Protections

Oakland City Council To Vote on New Tenant Protections

On April 21st, the Oakland City Council will be voting on the introduction of over 60 potential amendments to the city’s Tenant Protection Ordinance, Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, and Rent Ordinance in its next virtual meeting.

The timing is concerning to many property owners who question the “emergency” nature of these amendments and feel that the City Council is taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis to push the changes through without the usual timelines for discussion and public notice.

We will continue to update this post as we track this issue and report on the outcome of the April 21st meeting. For now, here is a summary of the proposed changes along with links to the full agenda and instructions on how to participate in the virtual meeting by Zoom or phone:

Proposed Changes to the Rent Ordinance:

  • Updates the maximum rent increase allowed in any one year to conform to state law (AB 1482)

Proposed Changes to the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance:

  • Prohibits landlords from evicting tenants based on additional occupants if the landlord unreasonably refused the tenant’s written request to add additional occupant or fails to reply to the request within 14 days
  • Overrides any occupancy limits set in the rental agreement with the following (unless state law and/or other local codes such as the Building, Fire, Housing and Planning Codes call for less):
    • 2 persons in a studio unit
    • 3 persons in a one-bedroom unit
    • 4 persons in a two-bedroom unit
    • 8 persons in a four-bedroom unit
  • Makes landlord’s failure to pay required relocation benefits an affirmative defense to an eviction action

Proposed Changes to the Tenant Protection Ordinance:

  • Limits late fees to 1% of the rent and prohibits unilateral changes to the terms of the tenancy
  • Removes 15-year exemption for ground-up new construction
  • Removes exemption for nonprofit owned rental housing
  • Further defines landlord harassment and tenant’s privacy rights

Important Documents:

Meeting Info and How to Join:

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 at 1:30 PM

  • Zoom link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BkqVdvWLQ4mIfa0vRWqmXA
  • Join by phone:
    To listen to the meeting by phone, please call the numbers below at the noticed meeting time: +1 669 900 6833 / Webinar ID: 976-8058-1667 If asked for a participant ID or code, press #. Instructions on how to join a meeting by phone are available at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362663
  • ALL PUBLIC COMMENT ON ACTION ITEMS WILL BE TAKEN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING UNDER ITEM 1
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