Landlord Law in California

By pjain      Published Dec. 9, 2019, 5:11 a.m. in blog Housing   

Keys and Takeaways

CA Landlord laws

San Jose Specific Landlord laws

Fines

San Jose officials will impose new fines which will take effect Jan. 1, range on those who defy the rules. - from $500 for violations like failing to register a rental unit with the city - Max of $10,000 for failing to provide qualifying tenants with relocation assistance funds when a landlord decides to take a unit off of the market.

The idea is that citations were a useful tool to enforce tenant protections and ensure that landlords comply with the law. Before these fees the city had to go through the court process to penalize a landlord who violated the tenant protection ordinances. But the new process run by the city will make enforcement easier and more efficient, staff said.

Landlords who commit a first-time violation of the rent ordinance or tenant protection ordinance that cannot be cured — for instance failing to provide the required advanced notice to tenants of plans to terminate the rental of apartments — will be given the opportunity to attend a compliance class as a warning instead of paying a fine initially.

Landlords who are cited will be able to request a hearing to dispute the fine.

SJ city’s apartment rent ordinance

It limits rent increases for apartments built before 1979

SJ tenants protection ordinance

It requires just cause for notification of termination for apartments

SJ? Ellis Act Ordinance

It requires notifying tenants and providing them with relocation benefits when a landlord plans to demolish a building.

  • Max of $10,000 for failing to provide qualifying tenants with relocation assistance funds when a landlord decides to take a unit off of the market.

Resources

  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

    • Nadia Aziz, directing attorney related to housing
  • Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

    • Tim Beaubien, a government affairs associate

-SRC

Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland Specific Landlord laws


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