Alameda joins the eviction protection movement!

The City of Alameda just passed a new ordinance greatly strengthening its eviction protections by eliminating “no cause” evictions! The new ordinance was passed June 6, 2017 and is expected to be effective on July 6, 2017. It is retroactive to May 3, 2017, in that it renders null and void any “no cause” notice to terminate a tenancy that was served on or after May 3, 2017. The new ordinance amends Ordinance No. 3148 (Alameda’s Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance). Alameda joins San Francisc... Read more

San Jose Now Has Eviction Protections!

San Jose’s City Council just approved eviction protections for 450,000+ tenants! Under the new law, a landlord will be required to have a just cause for eviction. Additionally, a landlord will be required to make relocation payments for certain types of evictions. These protections will be similar to those already in place for tenants in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. Under the old law, San Jose tenants could be evicted for no reason at all. San Jose already has modest restrictions on rent increases (typically limited to 5% per y... Read more

Oakland landlord pays himself $4m to remove a 25-unit building from rent control, then cashes in

An Oakland property owner exploited Oakland’s often weak rent control protections to remove a 25-unit lakeside property from rent control. The owner bought the then-rent-controlled building for $3.3m in 2013, put $4m into capital improvements, and just sold it for $11m. Under Oakland’s Rent Ordinance, because they spent $4m on capital improvements, the owner was able to petition to have all 25 units declared permanently exempt from rent control because the property had been “substantially rehabilitated.” The previously ... Read more

San Francisco Rent Board Announces Next Year’s Annual Allowable Rent Increase Will Be 2.2%

The San Francisco Rent Board just announced the annual allowable rent increase for increases that go into effect between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018. The annual allowable rent increase will be 2.2%. You have to go back fifteen years to find a higher annual allowable rent increase. This amount is calculated as 60% of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for All Urban Consumers in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose region, which was 3.6%. Note that the annual rent increase applies to base rent only. If part of your monthly payment is attributab... Read more

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