Alameda Renters win Unjustified Eviction Protections
Last month, renters in Alameda secured a victory when the City Council voted to protect them from unjustified evictions. Renters said that they fear that they could be put out of their homes at any time because of the Bay Area’s hot real estate market. The City Council voted 3-2 in favor of amending the city’s rent stabilization ordinance to include “just cause” protections for tenants to prevent landlords from evicting someone without a specific reason. Councilman Jim Oddie stated,
We are not trying to punish anyone. I think what we are trying to do is protect people.
The rent stabilization ordinance was passed last year, but the ordinance does not limit the amount that a landlord can raise rent. However, it does require a landlord to notify the city’s Rent Review Advisory Committee, which mediates disputes between tenants and landlords, if the rent will go up over 5 percent. The ordinance aims to provide renters with stability to ease concerns that they could be displaced because of the high housing costs in the Bay Area. The rent stabilization ordinance, along with its “just cause” protections, will end in December 2019 if it is not renewed.
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