Relocation Eligibility: OMC 15.60.040
A tenant household shall be eligible for relocation payments from a property owner under this Chapter if the tenant household is displaced from its rental unit or room due to the city or property owner's code compliance activities. For purposes of this Chapter, a tenant household shall be deemed to be displaced from its rental unit or room due to code compliance activities if such household either:
1. Receives a notice to vacate from the property owner who, after having obtained all necessary permits from the City of Oakland on or before the date upon which the notice to vacate is given, seeks in good faith to undertake substantial repairs that cannot be completed while the unit is occupied, and that are necessary either to bring the property into compliance with applicable codes and laws affecting health and safety of tenants of the building, or under an outstanding notice of code violation affecting the health and safety of tenants of the building;
2. Vacates its unit or room (whether or not the property owner requires vacation) after (a) the city or a court has issued by a notice to vacate, notice to abate life-threatening condition, or declaration of substandard covering that unit or room, and (b) the abatement period has expired without correction of the noncomplying condition (if a time period to abate the noncomplying condition is specified in such notice or declaration and the city or court does not order earlier vacation); or
3. Vacates its unit or room because the property owner seeks to cause the unit or room to be vacated due to the existence of conditions for which the city or a court could issue a notice to vacate, notice to abate life-threatening condition, or declaration of substandard covering that unit or room, but the city or a court has not yet done so.
Permanent Relocation* (the move is for 60 days or longer):
$7,851.52 per studio/one bedroom unit
$9,675.72 per two-bedroom unit
$11,943.47 per three or more-bedroom unit
* Relocation benefit amount adjusted annually for inflation on July 1st. Amounts above effective July 1, 2023– June 30, 2024.
The following household type qualify for an additional $2,500 in relocation benefits:
- Low income
- Senior (62 or older)
- Minor children (17 or younger)
Temporary Relocation (the move is less than 60 days): An eligible tenant may recover their actual and reasonable moving expenses and the cost of temporary housing incurred because of displacement.
If the city is requiring the tenant to move with less than 30 day’s notice due to health and safety issues, the tenant is entitled to an additional $500 payment from property owner.