Termination of Tenancy        

SPECIAL NOTICE: If you have recently served or received a notice of termination for “no cause”, please read the following Notice carefully. Contact John D. Lê of the City Attorney’s Office at (510) 747-4765 or jle@alamedacityattorney.org with any questions.

On May 21, 2019, the City Council introduced an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 3148. In pertinent part, the City Council voted to remove “no cause” as a permissible grounds for terminating a tenancy under Section 6-58.140.A of the Alameda Municipal Code. Although the effective date of this Ordinance is thirty (30) days after final adoption (here, July 5th given that the Ordinance was introduced on May 21 and adoption [second reading] is expected on June 4th), any action to terminate a tenancy based on “no cause” for which a landlord has not secured by July 5, 2019 a final court judgment ordering the tenant to vacate will be of no effect because on or after that date, a landlord’s right to take any action to terminate a tenancy based on “no cause” will have been eliminated.

Accordingly, if the City Council adopts the ordinance amending Ordinance No. 3148 on June 4, 2019, and the ordinance becomes effective, beginning July 5, 2019:

1)         Any notice of termination for “no cause” served on a tenant for which a landlord has not secured by July 5, 2019 a final court judgment ordering the tenant to vacate will be of no effect on or after that date.

2)         Landlords must refrain from taking action to terminate any tenancy for “no cause,” including, but not limited to, making a demand for possession of a Rental Unit, threatening to terminate a tenancy, bringing or continuing to prosecute any action to recover possession or be granted possession of a rental unit, etc.



The following resources apply only to terminations for:

  • Owner Move-In

  • Demolition

  • Capital Improvement Plan

  • Withdrawal from the rental market

  • Compliance with a governmental order

Terminations for the reasons below must follow state law, but are NOT required to be filed with the Rent Stabilization Program.

  • Failure to pay rent

  • Breach of lease

  • Nuisance

  • Failure to give access

Please take note: The expiration of the term of a lease is not grounds for termination of the tenancy. Click here for more information.


1. Checklist for requirements


2. Frequently asked questions 


3. Relocation assistance & extended stay


4. Termination of tenancy forms:

Landlord Forms

Tenant Forms

TERMINATION NOTICES: a lANDLORD MUST FILE THIS FORM Concerning a Notice of Termination of Tenancy IDENTIFIED IN Section 6-58.030 D, Alameda Municipal Code.

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TERMINATION NOTICE for withdrawal from the rental market: a lANDLORD may use these forms to proceed with a termination of tenancy to withdraw a property permanently from the rental market.

  • RP-22 – Instructions

  • RP-22 (A) – Sample Notice of Intent

  • RP-22 (B) – Sample Termination of Tenancy Notice

  • RP-22 (C) - Sample Notice for Tenant to Assert the Vacate Date

  • RP-22 (D) – Sample Tenant Option to Return to Unit

  • RP-22 (E) - Sample Proof of Service

  • RP-22 (F) – Recordable Memorandum

  • RP-22 (G) – Sample Owner Notice to Re-Rent Withdrawn Unit

tERMINATION FOR NO CAUSE: A Landlord must file this form within 30 days from the date a new tenancy has been created for a rental unit following the termination of the previous tenancy for “no cause”.

tERMINATION FOR oWNER mOVE-iN: A landlord must file this form when the previous tenancy was terminated for “Owner Move-In” AND  the indicated person (on the termination of tenancy notice) has moved into the unit.

termination based on withdrawal from the rental market: A landlord must file this form if a rental unit has been withdrawn from the rental market under the Ellis Act Policy and there is a change in the status of the unit.

a tenant MAY SUBMIT THIS FORM to request review of a notice to terminate THEIR tenancy for no cause or no fault.

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Forms Submission:

E-mail: rrac@alamedahsg.org
Fax: (510) 864-0879
Mail/ In-Person: 701 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501