City leaders report 30 tenants were given no-cause evictions after an ordinance was passed last month. The fear is that more landlords would do this before the protections go into place in June.
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To stop that from happening, the city council made a move. Members voted to approve an urgent ordinance after residents reported a surge of evictions to beat the deadline. That means the tenant protection ordinance is now in place, protecting them from no-cause notices.
A list of the reasons tenants can be evicted in San Jose after the council's action can be seen below.
Renters in 87,000+ apartments in San Jose have new rights today. No-cause evictions are over.— Matt Keller (@MattKellerABC7) May 10, 2017
Here's the list of "just causes." pic.twitter.com/62sEBs92x5
Members voted last month to require evictions to have a "just cause," like the tenant was not paying rent, they were breaking the law or damaging the apartment. "But, a number of convictions that happened after our first action and we were concerned that if we didn't act immediately that we might even see more of that and it's very difficult for folks out there," San Jose City Councilman Donald Rocha said.
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Property owners worry the new ordinance will make it difficult to get rid of problem tenants, especially those who know how to work the system. Some city council members agree. "What I found was that if there's an apartment building with sitting tenants and just cause in place, that apartment building is actually worth 30 to 40 percent less than if it is vacant. So, these are people's retirements," San Jose City Councilwoman Dev Davis said.
City staff estimates without the ordinance about 300 no cause evictions would take place this year.
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