Ordinance No. 135181, Code Chapter 8.25, Effective February 4th, 2020 expands housing access for people with criminal records
Generally prohibits rental housing providers from screening criminal history of applicants during the advertisement, application, selection, or eviction process.
An easier pathway for residents with criminal records to reintegrate and access housing. A strengthening of tenant rights through legal protection.
Housing providers have a six month grace period, commencing February 4th, 2020, within which they cannot be held liable for a violation unless a warning has been received.
The City can issue civil penalties of up to $1,000 per violation. If an action is filed and the plaintiff prevails, a court may award damages, attorneys fees, and penalties.
City of Oakland Housing Resource Center
250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 6301, Oakland,
CA 94612 / (510) 238-6182