Oakland Just Cause for Eviction Ordinance

Oakland has its own Rent Ordinance, Measure EE.  Pursuant to the Oakland Ordinance and similar to San Francisco, landlords can only evict tenants living in a rent ordinance protected unit for one of eleven reasons or “just causes.” Before a landlord can evict a tenant they must provide them with a notice and allege one or more “just causes. These are as follows:

  1. Failure to pay rent;
  2. Breach of a material lease term;
  3. Refusal / failure to sign a materially similar or identical lease upon expiration of the existing lease;
  4. Waste / damage: where a tenant has substantially damaged the unit and refused to stop damaging it or repair;
  5. Nuisance;
  6. Illegal use;
  7. Refusing to allow a landlord access as required by state law;
  8. Owner Move in Eviction* where owner seeks in good faith, without ulterior motive to occupy the unit as their principal residence where he or she has previously occupied the rental unit as his or her principal residence and has the right to recover possession for his or her occupancy as a principal residence under a written rental agreement with the current tenants.”
  9. Owner or relative Move in Eviction*
  10. Ellis act eviction*
  11. Temporary eviction for substantial repairs*

*Just causes 8, 9, 10, 11 are considered “no fault evictions”

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