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This site is intended to provide general guidance to owners

and operators of residential rental housing and is not intended,

nor should it be considered, legal advice. Owners and property managers should consult their financial advisors and/or

attorneys regarding specific issues that arise involving a

tenancy or operations. Only a trained professional, familiar

with the details of a specific situation, can provide adequate counsel on which to base individual business decisions.

 

Regulations and Ordinances

Did you know that the Bay Area is one of the most heavily regulated rental housing markets in the United States?  

While State and Federal laws govern most rental housing operations in California, local governments have passed local laws that affect our businesses. As your advocate, we work with local government to find solutions that minimize legislative and regulatory solutions.  Yes, even landlords with a one single-family home are affected by many of these rules and regulations.

 

Did you realize that Bay Area tenants are some of the most savvy renters in the Nation? 

Our proximity to institutions of higher learning (Stanford/UC Berkley, Cal State, just to name a few) and to Silicon Valley means that in some cases, some tenants know rental housing better than their landlord.  This can be a distinct disadvantage to property owners and managers of all sizes who think they can "wing it".

 

Statewide Rent Caps & Just Cause Eviction ** NEW **

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 1482, legislation that will cap rent increases statewide and provide “just cause” eviction protections to tenants throughout California.

This landmark legislation, officially the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, will cap annual rent increases at 5% plus the rate of inflation for much of the state’s multifamily housing stock. It also will require landlords to show a “just cause” to evict tenants in place for 12 months or more.

AB 1482 takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. In the meantime, the California Apartment Association is committed to educating the industry about AB 1482 and how it will affect their business operations. The association is preparing a plethora of compliance documents and forms to help members follow the law, the first of which are available here.

 

Local Ordinances At-A-Glance


Unincorporated Ala. Co.
• Rent Review
• Applies to 3+ units
• Allows an option for tenant-requested hearing if increase $75 or 10%
• 30 day  notice  <10%
• 60 day notice >10%
• Special wording to be included on ANY notice of rent increase
 
City of Fremont
• Rent Review
• Applies to ALL units
• Special notice provided to all  tenants at move-in AND with any rent increase.  
• Only 1 increase per year.
 
City of Hayward
• Mandatory mediation & binding arbitration
• Applies to all pre-1979 units EXCEPT single family homes
• 5% rent increase per year (additional allowances for capital improvements, banking, etc.)
• Special notices provided to all tenants at move-in AND with any rent increase.  
• Only 1 increase per year.
• “Just Cause” for Eviction for ALL UNITS
• Rent increase & termination notices reported to City
• Additional tenant protections
 
City of San Leandro
• Rent Review
• Applies to 2+ units
• Review if increase >7%
• Special notice with any  rent increase.
• Tenant Relocation Assistance up to $7,000 + additional for "special circumstances"
• 90 day notice for termination
• Special notice provided for any termination
 

City of Union City
• Rent Review
• Applies to ALL rentals
• Review if increase >7%
• Special notice provided for any increase.
• “Just Cause” for Eviction PLUS additional requirements
 

Local Regulation/Ordinance Resources

Our database of Local Ordinances and Regulation summaries are available to all members of RHA. While our information is not legal advice, it does provide a reasonable overview of the most common types of regulation that affect any operator in Alameda County.   Each section provides a general overview and direct links to additional assistance and in many cases, the governing statutes.    Get started by clicking on the links to the left.

 

Utility Service Provider Index

Our comprehensive list of utility contacts for our members designed to help you get service up and running for your rentals in Southern Alameda County

  • You may access the list here.

Municipal Website Index

Our Municipal webstie index will take you to any city webpage in Southern Alameda County

  • You may access the list here.

 

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