April 2, 2019
Oakland sure to pass a RAP Notice fee increase tonight - what this really means for landlords
March 11, 2019
El Cerrito continues its discussion on implementing some form of tenant protections
March 5, 2019
Hayward passes an emergency just-cause eviction ordinance
Owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes now subject to rent control
City Council passed an emergency ordinance that placed a 180-day moratorium limiting rent increases to the annual CPI adjustment and affords a wide range of added tenant protections. We discuss this more in-depth and uploaded the ordinance in our recent blog post.
New relocation payments and allowable annual rent increase payments are off the press for San Francisco owners
Do not worry - we've uploaded them in the links below. If you have any questions on how these apply to you, contact our office for informed advice.
Oakland on its way to scrapping owner-occupied rent control exemption
Historically, owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes have been exempt from rent control and Oakland's Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance, which prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without a legitimate reason. A ballot initiative passed in November, however, chipped away at the status quo.
Measure Y amended Oakland's eviction limitations law to remove “just cause” exemptions for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes, but these units remained exempt from rent control. Not for long.
In a spirited Community and Economic Development Committee meeting held Tuesday, January 29, a proposal to remove the rent control exemption for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes sailed through committee and will now be headed to a full City Council vote.
The ordinance will be among the first tenants' rights ordinances to be voted on by Oakland's newly minted council members and with Mayor Libby Schaaf throwing her support behind the measure, every indication is it will pass.
This development is the latest in a series of initiatives in a city that is becoming the latest bastion of tenant protections. We have written extensively about Oakland's gradual trek towards increased tenant protections and you can view some of our thoughts here.