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Oakland's Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions

Date Posted: April 1st, 2020 @ 2:08 PM
Last Updated: May 20th, 2020 @ 4:43 PM

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On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Oakland City Council extended the eviction moratorium for residential renters, nonprofit organization renters, and small business renters (generally those with fewer than 100 employees) through August 31, 2020.

This ordinance extends the eviction moratorium that was originally adopted by City Council on Friday, March 27, 2020.

The extended moratorium will prohibit most evictions, effective immediately and continuing through August 31, 2020, unless the City Council extends or shortens that date. Additionally, the moratorium prohibits residential rent increases above 3.5% (the Consumer Price Index, or CPI) and prohibits any late fees related to COVID-19 issues in residential units. Unpaid rent will still be due, and the moratorium does not relieve tenants of the obligation to pay unpaid back rent in the future.

The full text of the March 27th ordinance is available at: https://bit.ly/2UQl52b, The full text of the May 19th ordinance will be posted shortly.

Residential tenants and property owners may contact the Rent Adjustment Program for questions by calling (510) 238-3721 or sending e-mail to RAP@oaklandca.gov. Rent Adjustment Program information is also online at https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/rent-adjustment-program.

Commercial tenants and property owners with questions about the eviction moratorium should send an e-mail to busdev@oaklandca.gov.