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Tenant Protection Ordinance

On-line Submissions: Landlords and property managers can now submit a Notice to Terminate Tenancy with Just Cause using our simple online form.

Upcoming Action Items

The Housing & Community Development Commission held a special meeting on October 5, 2017 to discuss the Tenant Protection Ordinance and the revised Apartment Rent Ordinance.  The amended Tenant Protection Ordinance and memorandum are available for review.  The memo outlining the changes to the draft Apartment Rent Ordinance and Regulations is available for review. The report includes proposed staff changes to the Ordinance as a result of feedback received during the public comment period.  The draft Apartment Rent Ordinance (ARO) and Regulations were available for public review and comment from August 14, 2017 to September 22, 2017.

The City Council will be considering the following revisions:

  •  A potential amendment to the Tenant Protection Ordinance to add criminal activity as a basis for eviction.
  •  Amending anti-retaliation to prohibit landlords from threatening notification of immigration status.
  •  Consideration of the modified Apartment Rent Ordinance including the annual increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) with banking provision.
  •  Consideration an income discrimination ordinance.
  •  Consideration of mediation program to resolve landlord/tenant disputes.
(Additional issues including criminal activity, immigration status, and source of income will be discussed at a future Council meeting in the winter.)

The following public meetings will be hosted by the Housing Department to discuss the draft documents: 




City Council Meeting
October 24, 2017
 1:30 p.m.

City Hall Council Chambers

200 E. Santa Clara St

 Extension of the Interim Apartment Rent Ordinance
 City Council Meeting
November 14, 2017 
 1:30 p.m.  

City Hall Council Chambers

200 E. Santa Clara St

 Draft Apartment Rent Ordinance and Regulations, proposed changes to the Tenant Protection Ordinance, and program staffing

Tenant Protection Ordinance News

Watch our PSA for more information about the Tenant Protection Ordinance:


Ordinance Overview

On May 9, 2017, the City Council adopted the 
Tenant Protection Ordinance.  Additionally, the City Council adopted an Urgency Ordinance making the new regulations effective immediately. 

The Tenant Protection Ordinance outlines landlord responsibilities and tenant rights regarding notices to terminate.  Under the Tenant Protection Ordinance, landlords of multifamily dwellings, guesthouses and unpermitted units will only be authorized to terminate tenancy under one of the following 12 listed cause
s (also view this flyer in Spanish and Vietnamese):

12 causes  

 The following documents are available for the Tenant Protection Ordinance: