Measure Y - Just Cause Amendment


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On November 6, 2018, Oakland voters passed Measure Y to amend the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance. The Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance (“Ordinance”) generally prohibits landlords from evicting tenants from residential rental units covered by t he Ordinance without specified j ust cause grounds.

What Does Measure Y Change?

1. Removes the Just Cause Exemption for Owner - Occupied Duplexes and Triplexes

Previously, the Ordinance did not apply to owner - occupied duplexes or trip lexes if the occupying owner had at least a one - third i nterest in the property - such units were exempt. Measure Y amended the Ordinance to add owner - occupied duplexes and triplexes to the units that are covered by the Just C ause for eviction Ordinance. This change in the law would apply to units that are currently exempt and to any future duplexes and triplexes even if one of the units becomes o wner - occupied. As a result, this measure require s that landlords in owner - occupied duplexes and triplexes have just cause to evict tenants and comply with relocation requirements when they evict for owner move - in or repairs, unless some other exemption app lies. Landlords are also required to pay the annual Rent Adjustment Program Service Fee, which is currently $ 101 per unit.

2. Gives City Council Authority to Add Eviction Requirements

Because the Oakland voters adopted the Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance , they must approve any change to the Ordinance. The Ordinance specifies just cause grounds for eviction and provides additional prerequisites to evictions, such as providing proper notice. Measure Y allows the City Council, without returni ng to the voters , to amend the O rdinance to add additional limitations on a landlord’s right to evict, e.g., mandating compliance with certain rules and standards, such as, but not limited to, providing a proper notice.

When Does Measure Y Go Into Effect?

Measure Y beca me effective on December 21, 2018. Owners with notices that expire d after the effective date o f the O rdinance must have a Just C ause to evict stated in the notice terminating tena ncy .