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Rent and eviction matters are currently governed by Ordinance 3148 (Rent Review, Rent Stabilization and Limitations on Evictions Ordinance) which was approved by the voters as Measure L1 in November 2016.

On June 6, 2017, the Alameda City Council adopted Ordinance 3180 which amends Ordinance 3148. The most noteworthy revisions provided by Ordinance 3180 are: (1) it eliminates “no cause” as a ground for eviction; and (2) it requires that if a tenant has a “fixed term” lease and that fixed term lease was renewed, the tenant is entitled to relocation payments if the tenant vacates at the end of the subsequent term.

Ordinance 3180 would have been effective July 6, 2017. However, a referendum petition was submitted to the Alameda City Clerk on June 26 which tolls the effectiveness of Ordinance 3180.

 For more information, please the read the PRESS RELEASE and FAQs.

Questions regarding the Rent Program Fee? Please call the City Finance department at 510-747-4881


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:

If you have served or received a notice of termination for “no cause” on or after May 3, 2017, please read the following Notice carefully. Contact John Le of the City Attorney’s Office at (510) 747-4765 or jle@alamedacityattorney.org with any questions.

ON MAY 17, 2017, 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. IN ADDITION, THE CITY COUNCIL ALSO ADDED A PROVISION THAT WOULD RENDER “NULL AND VOID” ANY ACTION BY A LANDLORD TO TERMINATE A TENANCY FOR “NO CAUSE” BETWEEN MAY 3, 2017 AND THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 3148. THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE IS EXPECTED TO BE 30 DAYS FROM JUNE 6, 2017 (SCHEDULED DATE OF ADOPTION), OR JULY 6, 2017.

Accordingly, if the City Council adopts the ordinance amending Ordinance No. 3148 on June 6, 2017, and the ordinance becomes effective, beginning July 6, 2017:

1)     Any notice of termination for “no cause” served on a tenant on or after May 3, 2017, shall be rendered null and void.

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.


 RELOCATION FEE ADJUSTED by the CONSUMER PRICE INDEX


Election Results Update:

Based on information from the Registrar of Voters Office, unofficially Measure L1, a City Council sponsored measure concerning rent review, rent stabilization and limitations on evictions has been approved by the voters.  The Registrar, however, is continuing to count votes and the results concerning Measure L1 will not be certified until early December.

Measure L1 retains in place the City’s existing Ordinance concerning rent review, rent stabilization and limitations on evictions and that Ordinance will remain in place unless and until it is amended, suspended or repealed by the Alameda City Council. Please continue to submit Rent Increase and Termination Documentation to the Housing Authority.

The Program Administrator has prepared an Information Packet and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to assist landlords and tenants in understanding and implementing the Ordinance.

There are two City measures on the November 2016 ballot for voters to consider in regards to rentals: Measure L1, the Rent Stabilization Act, and Measure M1, the Charter Amendment to Establish Rent Control, a Rent Control Board and Regulate Termination of Tenancies.

League of Women Voters of Alameda Comparison of Measure L1 and Measure M1


Past Newsletters

September 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

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