Oakland City Council Passes Tenant Protection Ordinance
OAKLAND, CA Press Release – Tuesday night, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed At-Large Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s Uniform Relocation Ordinance, which extends relocation payments to tenants displaced for owner or relative move-ins, as well as tenants who are displaced by condominium conversions. It also creates a Uniform Schedule of Relocation Payments, and conforms existing Ellis Act and code compliance relocation amounts to those in the uniform schedule.
Councilmember Kaplan said: “Due to Oakland’s exorbitant housing prices, many displaced tenants would be unable to relocate in the City if relocation payments are not authorized, and face an increased risk of homelessness. The impacts of these no-fault evictions are particularly difficult for senior, disabled, and low-income tenants and tenants with minor children.
Because tenants displaced for no-fault evictions suffer similar hardships, including an increased risk of homelessness, they should all be eligible for relocation payments designed to mitigate these hardships, and keep Oakland residents safe and sheltered.”
Oakland City Council also passed Councilmember Kaplan and Councilmember Dan Kalb’s proposed moratorium on the Substantial Rehabilitation Exemption to rent control. This moratorium seeks to minimize the displacement of tenants unable to afford the higher rents that owners charge after units are removed from the rent control program through the substantial rehabilitation exemption.
Numerous members of the public spoke in support of these items, sharing personal stories of struggles facing displacement, and the vital importance of protecting tenants in this very difficult economy.