Oakland passed an emergency ordinance that temporarily extends rent control protections to owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. The ordinance, which limits rent increases to 3.4%, will be in effect for 180 days while the City Council considers more a permanent measure.
Prior to this emergency ordinance, under Section 8.22.030(A)(8) of the Oakland Rent Ordinance, duplexes and triplexes were exempt from rent control if the owner resided in the building as his or her principal residence. This meant that a rent-controlled tenant in a duplex or triplex could lose rent control protections if the owner moved into the building.
Last year, Oakland extended just cause eviction protections to tenants in owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. With the emergency ordinance in place, tenants in owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes now have eviction protection and rent control protection.
The text of the emergency ordinance can be viewed here.