The Code Compliance Relocation Program, Section 15.60 of the Oakland Municipal Code, requires property owners to pay relocation benefits to residential tenants who are required to move, either permanently or temporarily, because their rental unit is not up to code. A tenant may be eligible for relocation benefits if the City has declared the rental unit unsafe for human habitation or if the landlord is seeking to make repairs necessary to bring the rental unit up to code that cannot be made while the unit is occupied. An owner who is requiring a tenant to vacate must comply with all applicable state and local laws regarding evictions. In addition, owners may not require the tenants to vacate until the required relocation payment is made.
If the City is requiring the tenant to vacate for health and safety reasons and the owner refuses to make the required payment, the City may choose to make the payment to the displaced tenant and then place a lien on the property to recover the costs. The City may require the tenant to vacate on shortened notice if the conditions of the property pose an immediate threat to health or safety.