Q: What are “covered” buildings?
A: Properties covered: 1) properties subject to Apartment Rent Ordinance, 2) other multifamily dwellings with at least three units, 3) units built without a permit, or operating illegally, 4) rental apartments with a condo map, and 5) guesthouses. (See Section 17.23.1230)
Q: What does it mean if I live in a covered building?
A: These buildings are now covered by Just Cause and any 30-60-90 day notice to vacate must list one of the 12 just cause reasons for eviction. (See Section 17.23.1250)
Q: Am I covered if I live in any of these buildings: duplex, single family home, town house, or condo?
A: No, only apartment buildings with three units or more are covered. Duplexes, single family homes, condos, and/or second units are not covered except when the rental unit is unpermitted. An owner does not need to list one of the 12 just causes and can provide a no-cause notice. (See Section 17.23.1230)
Q: What if I receive a no-cause notice?
A: No-cause notices are no longer valid. Contact Rental Rights and Referrals Program immediately to learn about your rights. (See Section 17.23.1260)
Q: What if I give my tenants a no-cause notice?
A: As of May 10, 2017, these no-cause notices are not allowed. You must rescind your notice immediately. (See Ordinance NO. 29912)
Q: May I increase rent after a just cause eviction?
A: In those circumstances, a rent increase is limited to a post judgement of an eviction notice for non-payment of rent or a lease violation. Rent may not be raised after other just cause evictions. (See Section 17.23.190)
Q: May I evict a tenant for subleasing when the lease clearly states subleasing is a lease violation when they are renting to a family member?
A: The Tenant Protection Ordinance states that if a tenant is subleasing to a family member (including spouse, siblings, etc.), the tenant may not be evicted. (See Section 17.23.1250)